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Booksperson
The official account of the halfbakery.
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Booksperson Oct 12
Writing is turned back on once again, and the site has a fresh search index, artisanally hand-built in 100-second increments. Let's see what breaks next!
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Booksperson Oct 10
Ah. Thanks for the details, that was really helpful! I think I fixed it -- please try again. (The hosting setup needed more configuration to go from the site without leading "www." to the "real" name. Fortunately, their error message told me what to do!)
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Booksperson Oct 10
Reading should work -- what happens when you follow Jonathan's link?
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Booksperson Oct 10
Hahaha. Just after I said "the search index can limp along", you know what's broken? Yep, the search index. Back to readonly ...
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Booksperson Oct 10
Replying to @st3f
The reindexing problem still needs some conceptual and programming work. But that's not acute. The site can run without it -- searches just get slower over time.
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Booksperson Oct 10
I found the problem that was making writing so slow -- access permissions on a lockfile, nothing deep -- and turned writing back on.
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Booksperson Oct 7
🥐🐟 The new site is now open for reading! Adding and commenting was too slow and I can't rebuild the search index yet -- this needs a little more work from someone more caffeinated and better rested.
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Booksperson Oct 1
Whew! We FINALLY got the halfbakery source and the users' data safely off the disk. Which means we'll definitely be able to bring the site back as it was.
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Booksperson Sep 28
We got the root partition off the 20-year-old disk, but that has almost no specific data--that's all on the usr and var partitions, which we still cannot read. Still, it's the right hardware and it still spins.
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Booksperson Sep 20
We removed the drive from the old hardware. A VM can read its boot block, but not the rest of the file system. Maybe it's an issue with the VM. Next week: find and use a real machine; involve a second expert.
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Booksperson Aug 6
August:f shipping delays, transportation delays, and conferences in far-away towns. I haven't given up on the halfbakery, but I'm pretty negative on anything happening this month. Realistically, see you in September.
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Booksperson Jul 31
TODO: buy another set of replacement fuses.
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Booksperson Jul 24
Complication: Someone else took the machines we had ordered and were hoping to use today, rack-mounted them, and is using them for their own projects. So, we're reordering. What else are we going to do, go at it with a sledge hammer? (Now that you mention it....)
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Booksperson Jul 12
Replying to @bakesperson
When we can do that depends on when the new machine arrives, and whether the hardware person's cuts and scrapes have healed by then. On second thought, does hardware get rabies? It would explain a lot.
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Booksperson Jul 12
Replying to @bakesperson
Complication: the hardware is too old to get parts. But! There is an exact clone of the same machine nearby. So we're going to move that machine's stuff to a brand-new home, then transplant the halfbakery's disk into the clone, and get our data from there.
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Booksperson Jul 12
Halfbakery's power supply is utterly dead, but the hardware person is optimistic that that actually speaks well for the disk's chances of not being trashed. (By now, I'm happy to cling to any sort of hope here.)
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Booksperson Jul 7
Replying to @Max_G_Banks
Hardware trouble, still. We've gotten as far as to diagnose it, but are still working on getting the disk spun up somewhere else.
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Booksperson Jul 4
We finally had a chance to diagnose the halfbakery hardware, and the power supply isn't power supplying. We'll move the disk to a new chassis, but that won't happen today. Sorry, wish we had better news!
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Booksperson Jun 28
Replying to @awchisholm
Ha. Who'd you want to play you?
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Booksperson Jun 28
Next chance for a halfbakery reboot is early July. The machine doesn't boot by itself, we think because it wants to talk to a console, and plugging one in involves the serial cable equivalent of laparoscopic surgery. In retrospect, I shouldn't have picked a colo on the moon. 🌜💻
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