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Ugh. Ok, we should be back now, mostly working. I'm sure there are lots of little things I need to fix and I'll try and get things going over the next couple days.
posted by mathowie to Uptime at 12:11 AM (151 comments total) 1 user marked this as a favorite

We basically rebuilt the site from scratch onto two new boxes so there are probably a handful of things we forgot to setup (like counting the number of users every 24 hours, etc). If you spot some bugs, feel free to post about them.

Oh, I think the files for the server itself are from last wednesday, so bugs fixed on thursday and friday will probably be back.
posted by mathowie (staff) at 12:13 AM on March 26, 2007


Thank you for your hard work.
posted by Steven C. Den Beste at 12:23 AM on March 26, 2007 [3 favorites]


No prob, but it's only hard work because of my idiot server administration practices.
posted by mathowie (staff) at 12:34 AM on March 26, 2007


Thanks! *slow breathing, withdrawl fading*
posted by Salmonberry at 12:55 AM on March 26, 2007


RSS seems to be 3 days old. But, yes, thank you for all the effort. I know how frustrating this kind of work is.
posted by team lowkey at 1:02 AM on March 26, 2007


Thanks! *slow breathing, withdrawl fading*

I have a friend originally from Virginia who also slips into a southern drawl when she gets excited, Salmonberry.
posted by painquale at 1:06 AM on March 26, 2007 [1 favorite]


Wee. And it seems the new server must be set to a different time zone than the old one as I need to adjust the offset in my profile.
posted by Rhomboid at 1:12 AM on March 26, 2007


Oh, and thanks. Rebuilding a server from backups is one of the lesser fun things to do in the world.
posted by Rhomboid at 1:13 AM on March 26, 2007


And on the seventh day...

Thanks, Matt!
posted by Ambrosia Voyeur at 1:13 AM on March 26, 2007


C'mon Matt, we all know you were really celebrating Shutdown Day a day late. :)
posted by wendell at 1:28 AM on March 26, 2007


Oh, and the MeTa RSS feed appears not to exist.
posted by team lowkey at 1:49 AM on March 26, 2007


Crackpipe status: RESTORED.
posted by stavrosthewonderchicken at 2:26 AM on March 26, 2007 [7 favorites]


Wow. Thanks, Matt! I know this wasn't the most fun way to spend a Sunday.
posted by litlnemo at 2:26 AM on March 26, 2007


*squshes tight*

Never, ever leave me again!
posted by liquorice at 2:26 AM on March 26, 2007


Here's to new additions in the "lessons learned" file.
posted by paulsc at 2:38 AM on March 26, 2007


I managed to waste my time elsewhere, doing other things, instead of my job, but it's good to be back in the real time sink again. Thanks, mathowie!
posted by cgc373 at 2:53 AM on March 26, 2007


The time's showing wrong on the west coast. I'm in central California, and it says it's an hour later than it is.
posted by cgc373 at 2:54 AM on March 26, 2007


I missed you guys SOO MUCH!
posted by Rubber Soul at 3:02 AM on March 26, 2007


I managed to survive by spending the day on MetaChat. My homework is as undone as ever. Mission accomplished.

Thanks so much, Matt =)
posted by Phire at 3:09 AM on March 26, 2007


(By which I meant to thank you for your hard work in rebuilding the server. Not my fault sarcasm permeates my words whether I like it or not.)
posted by Phire at 3:10 AM on March 26, 2007


Seems pretty snappy so far.

But then again, it's 5 in the morning EST, the server's only just come back online, and there are probably only about 5 users on right now.
posted by Civil_Disobedient at 3:16 AM on March 26, 2007


Emergency rebuilds suck, and thanks much for doing it.

I don't know if it's just because nobody's here yet, but this place is smoking fast at the moment. It's so fast it feels weird.

I'll try not to get used to it. :)
posted by Malor at 3:17 AM on March 26, 2007


Hmm, ask and metatalk are working but www.metafilter.com does not.

Putting in the IP address doesn't work either. It might have something to do with the dns servers over here in Germany
posted by chillmost at 3:27 AM on March 26, 2007


Is this the thread where we pretend to be cool by posting drug metaphors?
posted by chrismear at 3:30 AM on March 26, 2007


Brown sugar cinnamon pop-tart status: BACK IN STOCK!
posted by stupidsexyFlanders at 3:32 AM on March 26, 2007 [1 favorite]


I'll be back at Noon Pacific Time (Daylight or not), and then we'll see... we'll see...

And Now the Bad News Department: Battlestar Gallactica status: On hiatus until January 2008
posted by wendell at 3:42 AM on March 26, 2007 [1 favorite]


I changed the time on the db server to the proper timezone, so posts should be correct now.
posted by mathowie (staff) at 3:16 AM on March 26, 2007


So, what's the policy on auto update these days ? :)
posted by Brandon Blatcher at 3:25 AM on March 26, 2007


Still limping into proper DNS—posting via w3m off a
shell—but it's good to be back.
posted by cortex (staff) at 3:38 AM on March 26, 2007


Ask not working for me yet. Am I just waiting for the dns servers to catch up?
posted by octothorpe at 3:39 AM on March 26, 2007


Well, at least I got a few hours of productivity in.
posted by oaf at 3:40 AM on March 26, 2007


nthing the thanks for your hard work. Can't imagine the last 24 hours have been at all fun for you.

I can access the front page of each site fine (with the exception of AskMe, which I assume is DNS-propagation-related), but I'm getting a "File Not Found" when trying to access the Mefi and AskMe RSS feeds, and an "XML Parse Error" at line 1, col 50 of the MeTa feed. The Jobs and Projects feeds work A-OK.

(Sage 1.3.10 extension, Firefox 1.5.0.11, Windows XP)
posted by Doofus Magoo at 3:47 AM on March 26, 2007


I found a bug!

When you try to click on comments in Music, you get this error:

Variable FILELIST is undefined.

Resources:

* Enable Robust Exception Information to provide greater detail about the source of errors. In the Administrator, click Debugging & Logging > Debugging Settings, and select the Robust Exception Information option.
* Check the ColdFusion documentation to verify that you are using the correct syntax.
* Search the Knowledge Base to find a solution to your problem.

Browser Mozilla/5.0 (Windows; U; Windows NT 6.0; en-US; rv:1.8.1.3) Gecko/20070309 Firefox/2.0.0.3
Remote Address (removed my remote address)
Referrer http://music.metafilter.com/
Date/Time 26-Mar-07 04:59 AM
posted by By The Grace of God at 4:00 AM on March 26, 2007


snit

If you had used Netware 3.11, this never would've happened.

/snit
posted by Smart Dalek at 4:31 AM on March 26, 2007


Dude. I got so antsy I *swallowed* a bug.
posted by goodnewsfortheinsane at 4:31 AM on March 26, 2007


holy crap, metafilter is way fast now. horray for dual quads!
posted by Mach5 at 5:01 AM on March 26, 2007


Yes. Too fast. Can you slow it down a bit? It's just not the same.

Oh, and thank you for fixing the internets!
posted by Roger Dodger at 5:07 AM on March 26, 2007


I found a bug! When you try to click on comments in Music, you get this error: Variable FILELIST is undefined.

Hmmm... I can't get MeFiMusic at all, yet. But otherwise, as they say here in the land of Wa:

mathowie, otsukaresama deshita!
posted by flapjax at midnite at 5:09 AM on March 26, 2007


Or, if you're still working on it, that'd be ostukaresama desu.
posted by flapjax at midnite at 5:10 AM on March 26, 2007


Am I missing something, or is Metafilter still limping? Bunch of 404 errors on dischssion links from the main page:
http://www.metafilter.com/59701/Sleep-deprivation-sounds-like-lots-and-lots-of-fun
http://www.metafilter.com/59711/Ph%C3%A9nom%C3%A8nes-Inexpliqu%C3%A9s

to name 2.
posted by Goofyy at 5:12 AM on March 26, 2007




Nice and zippy! Our e-mail server bit the dust last weekend and I got to rebuild it from scratch so I feel your pain. Not so much fun.
posted by jmd82 at 5:36 AM on March 26, 2007


Is this the thread where we pretend to be cool by posting drug metaphors?

Not pretending, but also not doing many drugs anymore. These days I satisfy my desperate need for people to believe I'm cool by pointlessly snarking and being a bit of a dick. It's a hard roe to hoe, I'm telling you.

Also, yes, many things seem to be broken at the moment. This too shall pass.
posted by stavrosthewonderchicken at 5:36 AM on March 26, 2007


thanks mathowie!
posted by nj_subgenius at 5:45 AM on March 26, 2007


Odd, this link
http://www.metafilter.com/59705/My-National-Security-Letter-Gag-Order
Didn't work at first. Then it did. Now it again gives 404 error when trying to refresh.

Also: the link button doesn't work here.
posted by Goofyy at 5:50 AM on March 26, 2007


It's so....fast. It's kind of weirding me out.

No, just kidding! Thanks, mathowie!
posted by myeviltwin at 6:06 AM on March 26, 2007


It's a hard roe to hoe, I'm telling you.
Oh, don't open up that garden of fish.
posted by Wolfdog at 6:20 AM on March 26, 2007


http://www.metafilter.com/59726/Phil-Foglio doesn't work....
posted by TuxHeDoh at 6:21 AM on March 26, 2007


More kudos on the sites new improved speed. It kicks dick, fuck and ass, all at once.
posted by psmealey at 7:02 AM on March 26, 2007


Ha! On a day when neither MeFi or AskMe had any posts, somebody still managed to squeeze in a MeTa post..
posted by davey_darling at 7:04 AM on March 26, 2007


I'm glad MeFi is back up.

Things were getting desperate. I didn't know what to do with myself.

I had to, like, read Kottke n' shit.
posted by Afroblanco at 7:10 AM on March 26, 2007


I'm geting 404 on everything else... (Probably should clear my cache, eh?)
posted by klangklangston at 7:10 AM on March 26, 2007


I had to actually GO OUTSIDE yesterday.
Please don't make me do that again.
Glad you're back--thanks for the hard work!
posted by Dizzy at 7:12 AM on March 26, 2007


Bug Report: The navigation bar at the top of MeTa and AskMe appear as bulleted lists instead of bars. Of course, I'm still not getting the blue to load, so it could be DNS issues.
posted by monju_bosatsu at 7:14 AM on March 26, 2007


My comments gives a 404. Clearing the cache turned those happy tabs at the top into lumpy links. The images for the bold, ital, link at the bottom of the comment box are busted.

But I'm so glad you're back, baby....
posted by klangklangston at 7:15 AM on March 26, 2007


Windows Automatic Updates are the devil's plaything.
posted by Burhanistan at 7:17 AM on March 26, 2007


no new links and no comments posted since your last visit

Is this working right on MetaTalk? It seems to not be for me. This thread went from 48 to 56 comments without ever saying there were new ones.
posted by smackfu at 7:20 AM on March 26, 2007


Also, my mycomments page shows comments I just posted as having been posted an hour ago. Same with the subsequent comments in the given thread. This could be do to daylight savings time here in the UK having switched on yesterday.

The snappy performance of the site's a breath of fresh air, tho. Many thanks for the hard work.
posted by By The Grace of God at 7:25 AM on March 26, 2007


If the blue isn't working, you could try going to like "blabla.metafilter.com", which would get you a new DNS record.
posted by delmoi at 7:31 AM on March 26, 2007


no new links and no comments posted since your last visit

Is this working right on MetaTalk? It seems to not be for me. This thread went from 48 to 56 comments without ever saying there were new ones.


Currently, I see "new comment/posts" with appropriate links in the blue. In MeTa and the green, I see, "x new posts and comments," but I don't see the link to new comments.
posted by jmd82 at 7:58 AM on March 26, 2007


Very weird. One DNS server was giving me the blue, while not giving me this thread. Another gave me this thread, but all the comment links in the blue were broken.

Now, the one that gave me the discussions refuses to accept a post (link not found). Where this is a Metafilter problem, where a general DNS problem, and where some oddity courtesy of South African Telkom, I can't say.

I was fortunate to be out of town all weekend, so didn't miss Metafilter very much. When I am home and it doesn't work, I end up doing weird shit, like cleanning the house, or even going out.
posted by Goofyy at 8:07 AM on March 26, 2007


Thanks for your hard work, Matt.

But let me tell you, the internet without Metafilteris not so good.

I went to this site called "Digg", with two g's. Have you heard of it? They have articles and you can vote on which articles go to the top. I don't get it either, I mean why can't people just scroll down or click 'Next'? Anyway, on each of the articles, you can log in and post a comment, kind of like how Metafilter does it.

So there was an article about how Apple's OSX operating system is better than Windows Vista. So I thought I would join the discussion. I posted a comment that said operating systems are complex and each one probably has its advantages depending on the user. Next thing I know, someone is calling me a "shitcock".

That's what they wrote. "Shitcock." What does that even mean? Does "shit" modifying "cock" or the other way around? I don't know, but I can tell you I didn't stick around to find out.

I checked Metafilter again but it was still down, so I clicked around some more and found myself on Myspace. Well, it wasn't really my space, it was more somebody else's space. Somebody weird.

I think Myspace is where those Geocities pages from 1997 ended up. The page took four minutes to load and when it did, music started playing out of nowhere, but I didn't turn on any music, and it wasn't like cortex's or chococat's music like we have here. It was some girl singing about her hips or her humps or humping with her hips. Who knows? Not me.

Furthermore, the page had all these pictures splattered on it everywhere, but not cute cat pictures like you sometimes let people put on Metafilter in a nice orderly thread so we can all have a laugh. These are pictures of shiny jewelery, blinking misspelled words, and a lot of pictures of guys in baseball caps without their shirts on. A lot. Other parts of the internet must be really warm, I guess, but not where I am. Brrr!

Thanks for bringing back Metafilter, Matt. The internet without Metafilter is a blinking, noisy, warm and shirtless place where I'm considered a shitcock.

Thanks for fixing Metafilter. We promise not to break it again.
posted by Pastabagel at 8:16 AM on March 26, 2007 [41 favorites]


Hm. I posted an FPP That was time-stamped at 11:09. I can see it under my posts, but it's not appearing on the front page yet. Something out of sync, or has there always been a normal delay?
posted by psmealey at 8:23 AM on March 26, 2007


If the blue isn't working, you could try going to like "blabla.metafilter.com", which would get you a new DNS record.

No go. That gives me the same "down" page, because it redirects to "www".

As a side effect of not being able to get to the blue, the Ajax tabs stopped working. I presume that javascript is on the other server.
posted by smackfu at 8:24 AM on March 26, 2007


I too was fortunate to be out of town. How exceeding kind you are to have fixed everything before I logged in! Who knows what I might have resorted to!

Thank you Matt. We all know the hardest part of anything is to deal with the heirachy that was actually put in place with the intention of making it easier to work with things. Put the minor bug-fixing off for at least another day and have a lovely beverage or two on me.....well deserved.
posted by mattfn at 8:25 AM on March 26, 2007


I had to do one update to the OS right now, and yeah, the RSS feeds are all broken because DNS hasn't reached the actual servers yet, but it'll get fixed in the next few hours.
posted by mathowie (staff) at 8:32 AM on March 26, 2007


Horray! Thank you!
posted by serazin at 8:53 AM on March 26, 2007


I had to physically restrain myself from clicking the AskMe icon on my bookmark bar again and again and again like a giant maddened pigeon in a house-sized, very cluttered Skinner box.

What have you done to me, mathowie?
posted by jamjam at 9:02 AM on March 26, 2007 [1 favorite]


It's much smoother. Thank you!
posted by taosbat at 9:04 AM on March 26, 2007


Thanks for spending your Sunday fixing our hangout!
posted by Nelson at 9:09 AM on March 26, 2007


holy deja vu
posted by mathowie (staff) at 9:10 AM on March 26, 2007 [1 favorite]


oh my science
posted by dorisfromregopark at 9:29 AM on March 26, 2007


P-bagel---
I think they use "shitcocks" in badminton. Or something.
posted by Dizzy at 9:40 AM on March 26, 2007


I've never actually seen the word "shitcock" outside of this cartoon.
posted by teleskiving at 9:55 AM on March 26, 2007


F5... F5... F5... F5... Nngggg F5... ... ... ...It works!NNNG! F5 F5 F5 F5 F5 F5 F5 F5F5F5F5

So, yeah, good work, Matt.
posted by boo_radley at 9:55 AM on March 26, 2007


Life is not a paradise in this wonderland. I only get the grey and the green. The blue, it aint there.
posted by adamvasco at 10:13 AM on March 26, 2007


IT WORKS FROM MY OFFICE! TAKE THAT, PRODUCTIVITY!
posted by klangklangston at 10:28 AM on March 26, 2007


Thanks, oh beloved Meta-Overlord!
posted by homodigitalis at 10:51 AM on March 26, 2007


Holy cow -- if I knew switching to a white background was going to cause such problems, I never would have suggested it!

(And thanks!)
posted by anildash at 10:55 AM on March 26, 2007


Everything works except Ask and MeFi proper. Huh.

You tease.
posted by GuyZero at 11:03 AM on March 26, 2007


I go away for 24 hours and look what happens....
posted by jessamyn (staff) at 11:03 AM on March 26, 2007


No blue here also. DNS is returning the correct IP address, but still not Metafilter proper.

Ask, MeTa, Music, Projects, Jobs all OK.

Inputting the IP address listed on the status page directly simply returns the "wrong server" link. This was with Safari and Firefox, restarted, caches flushed, etc.

DNS restart shows 74.53.68.130 for www.metafilter.com via dig, with the new 40M TTL.

Just thought I would add another data point. Making this comment should fix it in about two minutes if the network gods are in typical humor.
posted by dglynn at 11:31 AM on March 26, 2007


Thanks!
posted by cowbellemoo at 11:32 AM on March 26, 2007


plus the milk's gone bad, the dog got out of the yard again and the laundry room is full of sudsy water.
posted by nj_subgenius at 12:24 PM on March 26, 2007


Yay! Don't beat yourself up, Matt. You do a wonderful thing here.
posted by frecklefaerie at 1:10 PM on March 26, 2007


pastabagel: LOL.
posted by seanyboy at 1:55 PM on March 26, 2007


*gibbers*
posted by deborah at 1:57 PM on March 26, 2007


These crazyfast load times have just blown the snark right out of my tubes.

Old procedure:
1. Hit Metafilter bookmark.
2. Command+t for new tab.
3. Hmmm.... what else to look at?
4. Get lost on web
5. Oh, yay, MF is done loading.

New Procedure:
1. Hit metafilter bookmark.
2. There is no step 2.

Thanks!
posted by Devils Rancher at 3:43 PM on March 26, 2007


So, MeFi Music works for some of you? I still get the same error that By The Grace of God reported.
posted by edlundart at 6:34 PM on March 26, 2007


YAYYYY, MetaFilter is up and working again! I missed MF, so glad it's here. Thanks so much Matt!
posted by nickyskye at 7:06 PM on March 26, 2007


I'm geting 404 on everything else...

march 25th is my birthday!
posted by 404 Not Found at 7:13 PM on March 26, 2007


Yeah, Music works fine. It's just a matter of DNS caching.
posted by Rhomboid at 7:14 PM on March 26, 2007


Oh, whoops. I didn't read. Sorry. No, that's not a DNS problem.
posted by Rhomboid at 7:15 PM on March 26, 2007


it's like my dodge getting stolen out of my garage, only for me to find it replaced by a porsche. it's nice to be baaaaa........

*drives off into sunset*
posted by phaedon at 8:49 PM on March 26, 2007


*pant pant pant*
posted by interrobang at 9:08 PM on March 26, 2007


music comment threads work, but a lot of music doesn't work because one file is failing miserably and I won't be able to figure it out until I get home tomorrow.
posted by mathowie (staff) at 9:23 PM on March 26, 2007


Teensiest bug evar: no favicon for MeTa
posted by mr_crash_davis at 9:28 PM on March 26, 2007


I get a favicon here.
posted by mathowie (staff) at 9:42 PM on March 26, 2007


Me too.
posted by stavrosthewonderchicken at 10:29 PM on March 26, 2007


Oh, and I did a bunch of server updates tonight, so there was some downtime for the past hour or so off and on, but things should be good now.
posted by mathowie (staff) at 10:44 PM on March 26, 2007


It's been said, but yeah, the site is really zippy, and thank you again.
posted by nj_subgenius at 5:15 AM on March 27, 2007


I'm still getting an XML parse error for the MeTa feed using Sage in Firefox on Windows XP:

XML Parsing Error: syntax error
Location: http://metatalk.metafilter.com/rss.xml
Line Number 1, Column 50:
<!DOCTYPE HTML PUBLIC "-//IETF//DTD HTML 2.0//EN">
-------------------------------------------------^

In case the formatting of the above gets munged, the arrow's pointing to the trailing >.
posted by Doofus Magoo at 6:53 AM on March 27, 2007


Does that need a tag-terminating / character, maybe?
posted by cortex (staff) at 6:58 AM on March 27, 2007


naw, for some reason the server can't see "metatalk.metafilter.com". Lemme see if I can force that to work.
posted by mathowie (staff) at 7:13 AM on March 27, 2007


Not to be a contrarian, but I'm just not seeing much average improvement of load times. Comcast cable account, 6.6MB/387 avg per DSLreports, for East Coast test sites. None of the Metafilter sub-domains is particularly sparky, and within the last 10 minutes, I've seen page refresh times of more than 21 seconds on Ask, 17 seconds to switch here to Meta, and 15 seconds to go to the Blue.

On preview: 14 seconds to preview this comment. Salon.com pops back previews in 2 seconds.

On second preview: 17 seconds to preview this comment.
posted by paulsc at 9:56 AM on March 27, 2007


I second paulsc.
It is so slow I just found out ten minutes ago this site was down on Sunday.
posted by Dizzy at 10:56 AM on March 27, 2007


Seconding paulsc. The speed "feels" a little faster, but it's still a slow churn.

East Coast also.
posted by Brandon Blatcher at 10:57 AM on March 27, 2007


26 seconds to post previous comment.

21 seconds to preview this comment.
posted by Brandon Blatcher at 10:58 AM on March 27, 2007


Maybe it was only fast because people couldn't get to it due to DNS.
posted by smackfu at 11:09 AM on March 27, 2007


The speed seems to be going in and out. A few hours ago it was whoopee! fast for me. Now it's groaning like a constipated heffalump.
posted by taosbat at 11:10 AM on March 27, 2007


::moans like a junkie::
posted by Brandon Blatcher at 11:43 AM on March 27, 2007


I have a bunch of tweaks to do tonight that should improve things.
posted by mathowie (staff) at 12:50 PM on March 27, 2007


This issue of server not knowing its own names... are they not entered in the server's hosts file? It shouldn't depend on a DNS lookup to find its own names. That by itself could cause a lot of unnecessary slowness.
posted by team lowkey at 1:40 PM on March 27, 2007


Hmmm, seems that the music section is still not working correctly. Songs uploaded a few days ago, from Mar. 21st until the latest, still won't play (mine included). It seems that the files are missing.

Any chance of backups or do we need to reup the tracks?
posted by Vicarious at 4:11 PM on March 27, 2007


If it hasn't occurred to you by now, you (mathowie) may want to consider writing down all these little steps you have to do to get everything up and running when you migrate. Unless you have already. I'm just sayin'...
posted by RikiTikiTavi at 4:16 PM on March 27, 2007


Yeah, Music is still not working for me. I've been wanting to listen to that circuit bending track for AGES (ok, DAYS) (ok, HOURS), but it won't play. But, I am patient... paaaatient....
posted by edlundart at 7:52 PM on March 27, 2007


So, before this thread slips off the front page of Metatalk, I'm back to say, I'm seeing under 2 second refreshes of any of the Metafilter subdomains. And in AskMe, under 2 seconds for any preview, post, or thread expansion.

Good job, at least tonight, mathowie! Very nice, compared to previous experiences with the site.
posted by paulsc at 10:49 PM on March 27, 2007


Not to hop on the party pooping train, but Music from March 21st on is still hanging out in the Not Playing Department.

And edlundart, if you can't wait until everything is back to normal, I can just send it to you :)
posted by RobertFrost at 11:59 PM on March 27, 2007


By the way, I am actually getting some favicon weirdness today after all, so something might be slightly awry there.
posted by stavrosthewonderchicken at 12:19 AM on March 28, 2007


That Music situation is something weird, man. I've proceeded to poke Matt in the ribs, because that shit just can't stand.
posted by cortex (staff) at 4:59 AM on March 28, 2007


We're a-countin' on ya cortex! You keep pokin' and we'll keep grinnin'!
posted by flapjax at midnite at 5:02 AM on March 28, 2007


I'm still looking at music. There's this one file that reads the mp3 and figures out how big it is, and that seems to be dying. There's no reason it shouldn't work, it's an exact copy of the file that worked on the old server, but oddly it just doesn't function. I'll spend a few hours today testing and trying to get it to work.

I suppose I could put a message at the top of music saying it's kinda not working until we remedy the situation.
posted by mathowie (staff) at 7:31 AM on March 28, 2007


RobertFrost, thanks for the offer -- I'll hold out for a while longer but rest assured I will listen to the track and comment!
posted by edlundart at 9:07 AM on March 28, 2007


The link for this thread on the RSS feed doesn't go here.

Link is: http://www.metafilter.com/2007_03_01_archive.html#8011423446693290541

From the sideblog feed.
posted by filmgeek at 11:30 AM on March 28, 2007


has the "community weblog" tagline been static for a while, or is that a result of the server changeover? :(
posted by spiderwire at 5:52 PM on March 28, 2007


Been that way for a few months now, spiderwire.
posted by Aloysius Bear at 7:36 PM on March 28, 2007


I'd taken it for granted for so long, I just hadn't thought to look. Somewhat saddening. I find it odd that the Metafilter: Something Random From The Thread bit continues to persist -- now it's truly an in-joke.
posted by spiderwire at 8:25 PM on March 28, 2007


RSS is acting wonky for me. I've seen a lot of instances of Mefi posts showing up, duplicated, under my metatalk, mefi projects, and mefi jobs feeds. Oddly, they aren't showing up in my askme feeds, but that may be because I have those broken down by category. Anyone else seeing this?
posted by juv3nal at 10:01 PM on March 28, 2007


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posted by juv3nal at 10:11 PM on March 28, 2007


I noticed that too, but when I checked my reader it turns out that the MeTa and AskMe feeds had been redirected to the main Metafilter feed (and the reader honored the redirect by changing the URL in its config.) I just reverted the URLs back to their correct values and everything was fine.
posted by Rhomboid at 10:18 PM on March 28, 2007


Interesting. I looked into it and they're all already pointing to the correct urls. Maybe just a momentary blip?
posted by juv3nal at 10:31 PM on March 28, 2007


juv3nal: I noticed that too!Mefi posts are showing up in MeTa and Projects feeds.
posted by divabat at 11:52 PM on March 28, 2007


Boy, I hate to be the one to post this, but I got 9 of these old bugaboos in the last 15 minutes, along with some very flaky page loads, many of which didn't begin for 35 seconds or more after links were clicked in Ask, Meta, and the Blue. Once bits start coming, the page load is lickety split, but the connections are frequently held, while backend processing is apparently flailing and thrashing, without much result.
Server Error
The server encountered an internal error and was unable to complete your request.

JRun closed connection.
On 1st post attempt for this comment, another JRun error.
On 2nd post attempt for this comment, another JRun error.
posted by paulsc at 1:50 AM on March 29, 2007


I too am getting the JRun error on multiple refreshes.
posted by medium format at 4:07 AM on March 29, 2007


Gotta third this, mathowie. JRun horror!
posted by cgc373 at 4:41 AM on March 29, 2007


Yes, the return of our old friend, the JRun error.
posted by caddis at 8:01 AM on March 29, 2007


Welcome back JRun! Where have you been?
posted by Roger Dodger at 8:07 AM on March 29, 2007


I noticed that too, but when I checked my reader it turns out that the MeTa and AskMe feeds had been redirected to the main Metafilter feed (and the reader honored the redirect by changing the URL in its config.)

It wasn't just the feeds... all the subsites were redirecting to www.
posted by smackfu at 8:56 AM on March 29, 2007


Search Mefi Posts and Search tags aren't working:

Error Executing Database Query.
[Macromedia][SQLServer JDBC Driver][SQLServer]Full-text catalog 'mefi' is in an unusable state. Drop and re-create this full-text catalog.
posted by homunculus at 5:28 PM on March 29, 2007


cool, I need to rebuild the full-text search tables for the searching to work.
posted by mathowie (staff) at 5:31 PM on March 29, 2007


Wasn't working this morning - not JRun, not ColdFushion, just connection errors. They seem to be happening a lot more often since the upgrade.
posted by divabat at 6:14 PM on March 29, 2007


went down for me this morning too. i would have preferred a JRun error for nostalgia's sake. sadly (?) i haven't seen one in a while.

WHAT. THE. FUCK. DNS.


....speaking of things i miss

posted by spiderwire at 7:19 PM on March 29, 2007


Yeah, the site was down from about 1am pacific to about 8am pacific with a big jrun error.

Everything ran smoothly until about 1pm pacific, at which point the server was down for two hours or so for some database updates. Everything should be kosher going forward and stable now that we're out of the sketchy first few days with a new server.

I am posting a lot more to status.metafilter.com, be sure to check it out whenever you're wondering about downtime.
posted by mathowie (staff) at 7:24 PM on March 29, 2007


please no more downtime please please please i do not wanna check status.metafilter.com i wanna be on metafilter please no more downtime please no more downtime
posted by cgc373 at 8:58 PM on March 29, 2007


matt, if you ever switch over to a different platform, i hope you include a random trip that drops the user to a jrun error page every once in a while. mefi just wouldn't be the same without it.
posted by spiderwire at 11:09 PM on March 29, 2007


So, am I the only one still having problems this late in the change? (San Francisco AT&T DSL, btw.)

Mac OS X 10.4.9 / Firefox 2.0.0.3 (and other browsers listed below) / AT&T DSL / San Francisco

It seems random whether or not I can get here. Often what I get is the banner and tabs loading at the top and the blue background (or green or grey, depending) and then it just hangs there forever until I stop it and reload. Reload works about 50% of the time to finally load everything up. But in some cases, clicking on the comments link will result in a similar behavior.

I've tried a variety of things. First thought was browser. So I tried Safari, same thing. Camino, same thing. Flock, same thing. (Firefox is my default.)

Tried disconnecting from AT&T through the router, shutting the router down, then the modem, reconnecting, but no go. Tried popping in DNS number directly into the network settings, same thing. The one thing that seemed to make a difference at the time I tried it was just restarting the machine.

It also seems to be VERY intermittent. Things will hang, hang, hang, then ZING everything is fine for a little while, then back to hang, hang, hang.

Anyone else at all seeing something like this, or am I the lone hanger? :)
posted by smallerdemon at 10:20 AM on March 31, 2007


I just tried to upload a song to music and got the same message as By the Grace of God above. Well, above isn't part of the person's ID.
posted by sleepy pete at 4:47 PM on March 31, 2007


Bug: The urls in the sidebar rss feed lead to 404 pages. This is new since the last sidebar post (4th podcast), however it applies to all urls currently in the feed.

http://www.metafilter.com/2007_04_01_archive.html#7273658188856323995

http://www.metafilter.com/2007_03_01_archive.html#8011423446693290541
posted by Manjusri at 12:22 AM on April 2, 2007


I'm in the same boat as smallerdemon.
Except I'm:
Mac OS X 10.4.9 / Firefox 2.0.0.3 (and other browsers listed below) / AT&T DSL /Columbus Ohio

I haven't had access to MeFi from home since the upgrade. I'm fine on my PC @ the office.

I know that there are plenty of Mac users. I wonder if it's AT&T?
posted by putzface_dickman at 12:18 PM on April 9, 2007


Ditto to smallerdemon and putzface -- Mac OS X 19.4.9, Camino, Firefox 2 both hang up constantly when loading. I get the title and navbar, sometimes the sideblog, and then often a few posts before it stops. Not my connection or my machine -- this is true under a variety of broadband connections, when other CMS sites load just fine. I thought it was just me until I found this thread. It renders MeFi very slow, and frustrating to use on a Mac.
posted by spitbull at 5:01 AM on April 11, 2007


err, 10.4.9, not 19.4.9. I don't even want to think about OS 19 yet.
posted by spitbull at 5:01 AM on April 11, 2007


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