Rant: October 2004 Archives

Dammit!!

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Comment spam has gotten ridiculous again lately. Banning ips works to some extent - except when the spammers use compromised machines to do it!! You end up with dozens of messages from all different ip addresses, which you can't block. I really need to try and figure out how blacklist works. But I think I need to upgrade my MT version first. grrrrr

Sheer Panic

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So the file server went live Sunday night.

This afternoon one of the disks in the array decided to disconnect itself from the array. No reason. It just didn't want to play anymore. So I pulled it out, plugged it back in, and it started rebuilding.

Now this is a 7x146gb disk array, and rebuilding a single disk takes hours. 30 of them at the current rate.

If we lose another disk before it's done (which is more likely to happen than not, given that there was no apparent error, it just felt like doing it). And then several hundred people will be pissed off at losing all their days work since the last backup, not to mention not having access to the rest of their files while we figure out how to get everything back for them without a working disk array.

I am absolutely terrified about what could happen between now and tomorrow night. It's the level of stress I could really do without.

Going to get up at 2am after the current backup job is finished and crank up the rebuild rate and hope it can rebuild itself before work hours tomorrow.

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