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Server went down

On the 7th of August, at approximately 18:20 game time, a message in my system log made mention of "detected stalls on CPU 0". That was the last message in my log, and the entire server became unresponsive.

Deputies mailed me forthwidth, but I was unable to attend the problem until the next day.

My apologies about that.

The game is back up, nothing a reboot couldn't handle. And I took the opportunity to update the system.

Let me know if anything is amiss.

Regards,

Adventure Awaits!

To celebrate the opening of a new area, i've devised a plot to introduce it as well as give future RP hooks to keep interest going. As of right now, sign up for this plot and information regarding it, is available at: https://docs.google.com/document/d/10EmLX5Op6D8JmCB7FFhwwDELZAsn5qhWTENwx2ALbmk/edit?usp=sharing

Extended maintenance Wednesday

Maintenance window coming Wednesday will be extended, so I can install updates and stuff.

Regards,

Game was down due to emergency maintenance

Due to vulnerabilities caused by hardware bugs in processors, my VPS kernel needed to be patched and my VPS would need to be restarted by my service provider.

As it was urgent, the email notifying me came basically at the same moment as the reboot.

I have restarted all my services, and the game should be back.

Sorry for the inconvenience.

You can find out more at https://meltdownattack.com/

 

Merry Christmas and a Happy Newyear!

Merry Christmas and a Happy Newyears to all of you.

As usual, I find myself with little time to spend here. It's gotten worse since I rediscovered World of Warcraft.

At least I hope you like the new banner I added for Christmas.

All the love,

Weekly maintenance ended

Wweekly maintenance ended. Snapshot made.

Regards.

Weekly maintenance started

Weekly maintenance started.

Regards.

Weekly Maintenance

As I mentioned previously the automated snapshots are now turned off.

I plan to institute a weekly maintenance window, to among other things run a manual snapshot.

The weekly maintenance will run on Wednesdays, from 09:00 until 10:00 CET, which is when most gamers here are fast asleep (I hope).

Bear in mind that during those hours the game might not be as responsive or might even be down.

Regards.

Karchan crashing at night

I have received word that the game would crash or become unresponsive at night, between the hours of 23:00 EST and 02:00 EST.

The time seems to be fairly constant, which was a big help in getting the problem diagnosed.

The service provider I use takes daily snapshots of my server (backups for those who've never heard of snapshots.) They happen to take these snapshots around 05:00 CET every day. After some timezone translation, they seemed to match up.

I have requested that they move the automated snapshot job to another timeslot, but they unfortunately told me that this cannot be done.

So now I have asked to have the automatic snapshots disabled entirely, and this seems to have fixed the problem.

Of course, not having these snapshots is not ideal. I shall mention in a later blogpost today what I plan to do about it.

High regards as always.

Filesystem files corrupted

It never rains, but it pours as they say. After installing new software packages, and starting up the services, the game seemed to be doing quite well.

Unfortunately, Linux detected errors in the filesystem and decided to switch to read-only mode until I manually ran an fsck.

I did that and the errors have been fixed. I don't think any of the filesystem errors were in the game files, but I have no way to make sure. (I do always make backups prior to upgrading software packages or implementing database changes, Relax)

Once again let me know if anything is out of whack immediately.

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