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Re: [Axiom-developer] problems with accessing

From: Bob McElrath
Subject: Re: [Axiom-developer] problems with accessing
Date: Fri, 31 Mar 2006 08:13:58 -0800
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As you know I wrote a script and cron job to backup mathaction's zodb
some months ago.  However, it seems to not be working.  (aargh!)

The most recent backup I have is from 11/27.  :(

Bill Page address@hidden wrote:
> Here is short update on the status of the
> server.
> I just talked to Tim Daly by telephone. Note: Tim's email is
> also inaccessible because it is hosted at the same server.
> Apparently RoseHosting called him to explain that there had
> been a RAID controller failure on this server. It will take
> 2 or 3 hours to get the system operational again. Although in
> principle a RAID configuration should be fairly fault tolerant,
> RoseHosting was not able to re-assure Tim that they would be
> able to restore the full contents of the virtual disk on which
> the Axiom Wiki and Axiom Portal reside. At this point we can
> only wait and see if it comes back or not.
> Now the bad news: As many of you are aware, we do not have
> current backups or a full mirror of the Axiom web site
> although there are some older copies of the Zope database that
> have been copied to other sites. If RoseHosting cannot restore
> the virtual disk to the state it was in when the hardware failed
> we will likely be in a position of having to piece the content
> together again from incomplete sources.
> This is a consequence of both inadequate resources and minimal
> funding. (Tim has personally paid for the entire cost for the
> site for the last 2 1/2 years.) So, this
> problem brings up the question again about how to best to support
> this sort of service for Axiom. If we (collectively) are convinced
> that this sort of web site is important for Axiom, I think we
> need to make a plan to prevent this sort of problem in the future.
> The Axiom Wiki and Axiom Portal web sites were originally only an
> experimental prototype that grew into a "production" system without
> any proper planning. So this might also be an opportunity to plan
> to re-implement the server in more up to date software and in a
> properly documented fashion.
> I will let you know more as/when I hear it.
> Thank you for your patience and understanding. :)
Bob McElrath [Univ. of California at Davis, Department of Physics]

     "If liberty means anything at all, it means the right to tell
     people what they do not want to hear." -- George Orwell

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