Server crash april 2016


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Thibault de Vassal    (2016-05-11)
Server crash (april 2016)

Hi all, welcome back :)

First of all, my apologies for this new server crash, about 4 years after the previous one...

The Raid 1 technology has its advantages, the 2 hard drives are almost-exact copies from each other, but it also has its difficulties [e.g. the "almost" part] and I just had to learn much about it to try to restore the server as I encountered not 1, not 2 but 3 hardware failures at the same time, added to a 4th hardware failure at home on the FICGS development PC, and of course added my "famous" incredibly bad internet connection. Murphy's law ^^ ... So, both hard drives and a SATA cable have been replaced on the server. Finally, the system had to be reinstalled and I had to upgrade it, which caused many difficulties these last few days. At the end, it was not possible to restore the very last FICGS database, so we lost a few minutes or hours of moves (fortunately it happened early in the morning). But nothing essential was lost at the end.

I'm still not 100% sure (if it's ever possible) that everything will work fine with this upgraded version of PHP & MySQL, obviously there are some problems with accents for players names (will be fixed soon) but let's go for a try. I probably made mistakes during the whole process that finally took 20 days but the good thing is that I should be able to better prevent such failures in the future. Thanks again for your patience!

As I said in the login/messages page, an email has been sent to warn everyone. If you tried to register or to change your password during the last two weeks, it was not taken in account so you'll have to do it again. 20 days (it was not possible to move during this time) have been added to all players expected to move, and 7 more days have been added to all clocks (including players not expected to move, to avoid any surprise in case of real vacation or something).

One more thing: It may be not possible to connect through SSL with https:// anymore in the future, I still don't know how to configure it on this system.

Let's play! :)

Best wishes,

David Fierry Fraillon    (2016-05-11 21:13:29)
Server crash (april 2016)

Good job !! many firm can't resist to 4 hard disk crash ...

David Fierry Fraillon    (2016-05-11 21:15:29)
Server crash (april 2016)

Can we put here some possible bugs ?
I had some save of my games times and the today version looks strange
Just tell it

Thibault de Vassal    (2016-05-11 21:21:49)
Server crash (april 2016)

Good idea David, I open a forum discussion for this!

Thibault de Vassal    (2016-05-12 01:47:34)
Server crash (april 2016)

Dear chessfriends, I have to pause the server again to solve the emails issue (otherwise it could have bad consequences in terms of blacklisting).

Unfortunately, this is quite complicate, so it may take several days... I'll give some news here and in the chat bar.

See you soon, thanks again for your patience!

Thibault de Vassal    (2016-05-26 22:09:27)
Server crash (april 2016)

So we're back!

The good news after this new episode is that I'm becoming even more paranoid about backups, so I'm installing stronger processes again.