You see the little red stuff below Toledo, Ohio in the radar image to the right (click to zoom)?

Looks nasty, huh?

It was nasty enough to knock my servers off-line--well, the ones in Ohio, at least. There's a minor problem with a dead UPS that's being replaced. One of them came ( back up just fine. The other one (, which one that hosts my domains, email, cvs, and whatnot, did not.

And I blame Murphy. You see, this had to happen just an hour after I announced a new mytop release on my blog, freshmeat, the mailing list, and so on. Now nobody can get it.


The good news is that friends machine backs up family. It has copies of all the data, config files, etc. The backup stuff (rsync) runs every 3 hours, so I knew I hadn't lost much. Three hours at most. But I did face a dilemma. Do I got thru the process of configuring everything on friends and getting it running? Or wait until the next morning when someone will be on-site to check it out?

I had no idea how long that process might take, so I decided to wait. And I was sorta thinking that family was just being dumb. Maybe it wasn't configured to auto-restart when the power comes back on. I know that friends is (obviously) configured right and that litterbox (my west coast machine) is too. But I suspected that family was not. Either that, or something went wrong with lilo or the boot-time fsck of the root filesystem (the only one that's not a journaling filesystem).

So I wanted until this morning to get someone hands on. And it turns out that I was right.


Posted by jzawodn at August 05, 2003 07:16 AM

Reader Comments
# Dan Isaacs said:

And I had just released new pictures of Trevor to the family. Guess I better prepare for the onslaught of "those links didn't work" emails from people that didn't know what a link was two years ago. :)

on August 5, 2003 08:12 AM
# drew said:

what site do you get this wx radar image from?

on August 5, 2003 12:43 PM
# Jeremy Zawodny said:

The Weather Underground

on August 5, 2003 01:06 PM
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