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Re: Server Blog

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Post by asavage » 5 years ago

In consultation, I have set up some tests, but I cannot figure out why httpd.pid is disappearing, and that's fouling up the midnight restarting, which is what "clears out" the httpd (actual web serving software: Apache) by stopping/restarting it.

Naturally, in testing, I'm stopping & restarting httpd a lot manually, so yeah, it's going to respond well right now. The goal is to have it do that automatically at midnight, and I'm still battling that piece of the puzzle.
Regards,
Al S.

1982 Maxima diesel wagon, 2nd & 4th owner, 165k miles, rusty & burgundy/grey. Purchased 1996, SOLD 16Feb10
1983 Maxima diesel wagon, 199k miles, rusty, light yellow/light brown. SOLD 14Jul07
1981 720 SD22 (scrapped 04Sep07)
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Re: Server Blog

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Post by waynosworld » 5 years ago

Well since I don't understand 90 percent of what you said, all I can say is thankyou, it's working fast right now.
I know the voices are not real,
but they have some really good ideas.

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Re: Server Blog

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Post by plenzen » 5 years ago

Indeed it is............speedy I mean and..........

I don't understand 99.9% of what he said.

However

Maybe the midnight thing with going back a day/date change etc and all that is causing it to get Alzheimer's

but
as stated
i know nothing about such things.

Just a thought.

ill go stand over here now
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Re: Server Blog

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Post by asavage » 5 years ago

The cable provider's contractor trenched a new coax last week.

Today, the cable provider came out and connected it, bypassing the old, original 1996 buried cable.

Speedtest.net is showing about 62/6 mbs now. The download is about twice what we we getting, and the upload was around 3-4 before, so if this performance is sustained this does represent an upgrade in throughput to/from the house. Whether it is reflected in your user experience is somewhat doubtful, except for graphics-heavy pages (ones that have lots of pics).
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Al S.

1982 Maxima diesel wagon, 2nd & 4th owner, 165k miles, rusty & burgundy/grey. Purchased 1996, SOLD 16Feb10
1983 Maxima diesel wagon, 199k miles, rusty, light yellow/light brown. SOLD 14Jul07
1981 720 SD22 (scrapped 04Sep07)
1983 Sentra CD17, 255k, bought 06Jul08, gave it away 22Jun10.

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Re: Server Blog

#125

Post by asavage » 5 years ago

I had to go to LA for a couple of days, which is always when trouble occurs . . .

It looks like mysqld used up all the sockets. Looks like a reboot cleared that up.
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Al S.

1982 Maxima diesel wagon, 2nd & 4th owner, 165k miles, rusty & burgundy/grey. Purchased 1996, SOLD 16Feb10
1983 Maxima diesel wagon, 199k miles, rusty, light yellow/light brown. SOLD 14Jul07
1981 720 SD22 (scrapped 04Sep07)
1983 Sentra CD17, 255k, bought 06Jul08, gave it away 22Jun10.

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Re: Server Blog

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Post by asavage » 5 years ago

Well, that was odd.

Port forwarding stopped working. DNS was updated correctly, but incoming traffic failed to get sent from the router to the server. I don't recall having that particular failure mode before.

Power cycling the router and cable modem (just for S-n-Gs) got it working again.
Regards,
Al S.

1982 Maxima diesel wagon, 2nd & 4th owner, 165k miles, rusty & burgundy/grey. Purchased 1996, SOLD 16Feb10
1983 Maxima diesel wagon, 199k miles, rusty, light yellow/light brown. SOLD 14Jul07
1981 720 SD22 (scrapped 04Sep07)
1983 Sentra CD17, 255k, bought 06Jul08, gave it away 22Jun10.

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Re: Server Blog

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Post by asavage » 5 years ago

The search index database table was shot, so I rebuilt it. Search should be working again.
Regards,
Al S.

1982 Maxima diesel wagon, 2nd & 4th owner, 165k miles, rusty & burgundy/grey. Purchased 1996, SOLD 16Feb10
1983 Maxima diesel wagon, 199k miles, rusty, light yellow/light brown. SOLD 14Jul07
1981 720 SD22 (scrapped 04Sep07)
1983 Sentra CD17, 255k, bought 06Jul08, gave it away 22Jun10.

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Re: Server Blog

#128

Post by waynosworld » 5 years ago

Thankyou for your hard work keeping this site online. :)
I know the voices are not real,
but they have some really good ideas.

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Re: Server Blog

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Post by plenzen » 5 years ago

Ditto

Thanks Al
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Re: Server Blog

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Post by asavage » 5 years ago

I obtained an updated port of MySQL and today I updated the server's version from 5.1.72 to 5.1.73 . I had a testcase that would crash mysqld .72 and the new .73 passed it, so that's a good omen -- and the desired result.

I also updated phpBB3 (the board software) from 3.0.12 to 3.0.13-PL1, and that looks to have worked as well.

There are some email errors in the forum's admin log, and I think I'll experiment with that a bit.
Regards,
Al S.

1982 Maxima diesel wagon, 2nd & 4th owner, 165k miles, rusty & burgundy/grey. Purchased 1996, SOLD 16Feb10
1983 Maxima diesel wagon, 199k miles, rusty, light yellow/light brown. SOLD 14Jul07
1981 720 SD22 (scrapped 04Sep07)
1983 Sentra CD17, 255k, bought 06Jul08, gave it away 22Jun10.

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Re: Server Blog

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Post by plenzen » 5 years ago

Not sure why you know all this but thankful you do.
Retired Pauly
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1987 D21-J SD25 KC
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Re: Server Blog

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Post by waynosworld » 5 years ago

I tried uploading a photo in the "upload attachment" today and it failed, so I did it the way I am used to(photo host account), just thought I would let you know, maybe that was a glitch of the update.
Thankyou again Al for keeping this site going. wayne
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Re: Server Blog

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Post by asavage » 5 years ago

waynosworld wrote:I tried uploading a photo in the "upload attachment" today and it failed
Yup, it sure did.
phpbb3_attachment_02b.jpg
phpbb3: attachments board quota exceeded.
phpbb3_attachment_02b.jpg (6.51 KiB) Viewed 1269 times
What happened was that we have 116MiB of attachments, but the board's configuration said it shouldn't exceed 100MiB.

Whether this 100MiB limit was imposed with the upgrade, or it just started actually checking the limit with the upgrade, I don't know. I've bumped that limit to 5GiB, which should buy us some time ;)

I also found that it was only allowing uploads of JPG and ZIP
phpbb3_attachment_01b.jpg
Screenshot: txt file not allowed for upload.
phpbb3_attachment_01b.jpg (4.11 KiB) Viewed 1269 times
I've changed that to allow a lot more filetypes.
Regards,
Al S.

1982 Maxima diesel wagon, 2nd & 4th owner, 165k miles, rusty & burgundy/grey. Purchased 1996, SOLD 16Feb10
1983 Maxima diesel wagon, 199k miles, rusty, light yellow/light brown. SOLD 14Jul07
1981 720 SD22 (scrapped 04Sep07)
1983 Sentra CD17, 255k, bought 06Jul08, gave it away 22Jun10.

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Re: Server Blog

#134

Post by asavage » 4 years ago

asavage wrote:In consultation, I have set up some tests, but I cannot figure out why httpd.pid is disappearing, and that's fouling up the midnight restarting, which is what "clears out" the httpd (actual web serving software: Apache) by stopping/restarting it.

Naturally, in testing, I'm stopping & restarting httpd a lot manually, so yeah, it's going to respond well right now. The goal is to have it do that automatically at midnight, and I'm still battling that piece of the puzzle.
While I haven't figured out why the parent httpd (the one that owns the file httpd.pid) is dying and leaving the child processes around to carry the load -- very odd stuff -- I have had help from Steven Levine and found a way to reliably kill & restart all of them (parent and child processes) at midnight. It's been working the last three days, so this is Good News.

I have a couple of scheduled out-of-town trips in the next three months (Baltimore in April; road trip to/from LA in June), each lasting more than a week, and I'd kind of like to feel like the place could run without my finger on its pulse every day -- you know, like in the old days, seven years ago.

BTW, this forum will be ten years old in November. Start planning your celebrations.
Regards,
Al S.

1982 Maxima diesel wagon, 2nd & 4th owner, 165k miles, rusty & burgundy/grey. Purchased 1996, SOLD 16Feb10
1983 Maxima diesel wagon, 199k miles, rusty, light yellow/light brown. SOLD 14Jul07
1981 720 SD22 (scrapped 04Sep07)
1983 Sentra CD17, 255k, bought 06Jul08, gave it away 22Jun10.

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Re: Server Blog

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Post by plenzen » 4 years ago

Will there be balloons and party hats ??

I like party hats........ and piñatas


Thanks for your efforts Al.
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