Scripting News: Sunday morning server trouble.

One of the smallpicture.com servers is down.

It’s not responding to low-level network pings, so the problem seems to be at the service-provider level.

We’ve tried to reboot the machine, that didn’t bring it back.

Tried stopping the instance, hoping to restart it in a different AWS zone, but it’s been trying to stop for about 1/2 hour. Usually it takes less than a minute.

Interestingly, we got an email this morning from Amazon saying that the server is going to be retired in September, and we’d have to stop and restart it in September. Is this a coincidence?

This is not one of our main servers. It handles tasks like allocating names for outlines, and acting as a proxy for WordPress. “Fargo”, because so much of it runs on the user’s machine, is still working fine. I’m writing this post in Fargo. 😉

I’m posting a link to this on our user support mail lists. If you have questions or suggestions, please post a comment here. Thanks!

At least the outage happened on a Sunday.

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About Dave Winer

Dave Winer, 54, pioneered the development of weblogs, syndication (RSS), podcasting, outlining, and web content management software; former contributing editor at Wired Magazine, research fellow at Harvard Law School, entrepreneur, and investor in web media companies. A native New Yorker, he received a Master's in Computer Science from the University of Wisconsin, a Bachelor's in Mathematics from Tulane University and currently lives in Berkeley, California.
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