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Upgrade Failed

Failed to upgrade he Liferay CMS. Will try again.

High regards,

Upgrade on 14/12/2018

The Liferay CMS will be upgraded on Friday, the 14th of December, quite possibly from 20:00 onwards. During that time the entire game will be offline.

High regards,

The Karchan Wiki

The Liferay CMS needs to be upgraded to version 7.1, and I am currently preparing for this.

Unfortunately, things are not going very smoothly, and one of the problems we have is that the current Wiki Format used in our Wiki, called "MediaWiki", has been dropped from the available formats.

Therefore it is imperative that the old wiki pages and any new wiki pages you might be making will use the Wiki Format "Creole". You can change this per wiki page under the header "Configuration".

Rest assured that nothing of the Wiki will be lost during the upgrade (I'm making sure), but for pages in the old format, it will revert to "Plain text", which is quite ugly and you'll receive the message that the format is no longer supported.

Also unfortunately, it seems Creole does not support quite the range of possibilities that MediaWiki did.

High regards,

Server Troubles

The server, as you may have noticed, was behaving erratically today. That is because I was working on it.

So, I've got some good news, and some bad news.

The Bad News

I noticed an application was deployed in my application server that I did not put there. It is called Sarketsdr, and its purpose is to disclose the filesystem by deploying a Java/JavaScript/Web Filebrowser and starting shells to run commands.

So far I have not been able to find any information on it or how it got there. I have removed the offending application and closed the administration console of the application server for remote administration.

I know I've been running a slightly old application server. I will remedy this soon. I hope the current measures will at least buy me some time.

The Good News

The server seems to be up, and I have installed a new valid SSL security certificate from Let's Encrypt. You can use https://www.karchan.org again without the nasty warnings.

Matters are ongoing.

Regards,

Server Maintenance

There might be sporadic outages of the game, every morning while I fiddle with some things to upgrade the server and what not.

It concerns an upgrade of the Liferay CMS, which is a bit more complicated than I had anticipated.

Expect outages from anywhere between 08:00 and 10:00 AM game time.

Regards,

Server backup

Purposefully brought the Glassfish server down, so I could make a comprehensive backup.

It should be back up.

I hear from people that the server is sometimes slow or not entirely stable. Investigations are continuing. Let me know if anything is amiss.

Regards,

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/

 

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