[kaffe] Server downtime

Jim Pick jim at kaffe.org
Sun Aug 10 22:46:32 PDT 2008

Jim Pick wrote:
>> Jim Pick wrote:
>>> Hi,
>>> I need to take the server down to investigate a possible failed disk 
>>> in the software RAID.  I am hoping that it's just a Linux or Xen bug. 
>>> Also, I'd like to upgrade Xen to a more modern version if possible.
>>> I'm planning to take the server down in about 3 hours (around 2pm 
>>> Pacific Time).  Hopefully, it won't take me too long to investigate 
>>> and/or upgrade it.
>>> There is always the possibility that things won't go well with the 
>>> RAID or the upgrade.  I only have the one server online, so if I 
>>> encounter any big problems, please be patient as I try to figure out 
>>> the best way to recover.  Luckily, I do have recent backups.
>>> This will affect jimpick.com, kaffe.org, developer.classpath.org, 
>>> planet.classpath.org, and icedtea.classpath.org.
>>> While the server is down, my jimpick.com/kaffe.org email addresses 
>>> will not be working.  I can still be reached at my backup email 
>>> address at <jim.pick at gmail.com>.
>> The server is back now.  If you see anything strange, send me an email.
> I'm going to have take the server offline again for some extended downtime.
> It seems that I'm having some difficulty rearranging the data on the 
> drives while all the Xen sessions are online (probably due to kernel 
> bugs).  I really need to do that, as running the software RAID in a 
> degraded state seems to be somewhat fragile.  There are some other 
> issues to address as well.
> So I'm going to take the server offline so I can rebuild things in 
> single user mode.  I'm not sure how long it will take -- I'm guessing 
> that it may take between 10-20 hours.  Hopefully, I can get the VMs back 
> online for tomorrow.

I'm finally done, and things should be back online.  Everything has been 
converted to RAID1 - there isn't much disk space left, but at least the 
data should be safe.  Sorry about all the downtime.


  - Jim

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