Weekly housekeeping

Posted by admin on 11 October 2021 in English (English).

Wiki page: OpenGeofiction:Regular scheduled maintenance

After some discussion among the admin team, we have decided to set up “regularly scheduled maintenance” for the OGF website.

Every Thursday, 4 AM - 6 AM UTC, the server will be unavailable for edits. It might be available for surfing the map or reading diaries or such, but no guarantees.

We will use this time to troubleshoot issues, make sure the server is healthy, and do a weekly reboot to clear out any memory leak problems.

I’m sure there will be users for whom this schedule is inconvenient. I’m sorry - we have a wide distribution of users in many, many time zones, and so it was bound to be inconvenient for some of you.

Local times:

  • US west coast: 8pm - 10pm PST Wednesday
  • US east coast: 11pm Wednesday - 1am EST Thursday
  • UTC: 04:00 - 06:00 UTC Thursday
  • Central Europe: 05:00 - 07:00 CET
  • China: 12:00 - 14:00 CST Thursday

Comment from Luciano on 15 October 2021 at 00:37

The first housekeeping went fine, without problems.

I will work some more and the next one, next week at the same time, should run in a semi-automated fashion.

For now, there will be no nightly backup created. I have turned these off as they have been quite unreliable (either failing completely or producing incomplete output with missing data). This weekly downtime will allow us to run a more reliable backup, but the disadvantage of course is that it’s only weekly. We’ll work on getting back to a nightly backup process - perhaps by using the server replication process that also feeds the render and overpass.

Thanks to all for their patience and understanding.

Happy mapping.

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