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 Post subject: Game has been multiple kinds of unstable
PostPosted: Thu Mar 05, 2020 8:17 pm 
Harrisian Fez

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Hello, I've been trying to get back into this lately, but I'm getting a wide variety of problems and errors keeping me from playing, including but not necessarily limited to:

-The whole site, including the forums, displaying a blank page with the words, "Connect Unsuccessful! Too many connections"
-The classic snowcone, with root beer syrup :remytasty:
-Loading to a black or white screen, sometimes with the buttons still clickable, but I can't see what they are
-Error messages such as "Failure updating queue"
-Lots of slowdown making it appear as though I've been 1/3rded, or making it take about a whole minute to swap a single upgrade

I'm using Firefox in Windows 10, and it's all been happening a lot ever since I started flying again, which was probably a little over a week ago.


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 Post subject: Re: Game has been multiple kinds of unstable
PostPosted: Sun Mar 08, 2020 4:54 pm 
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Indeed. The server is all kinds of unhealthy.

If it's not bots slamming the Forum, it's the log files filling the server. Sometimes it simply doesn't recover from the nightly restarts.

I have to manually restart everything about one a week, and manually clear stuck phpBB Forum sessions every few weeks. It's a real pain.
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 Post subject: Re: Game has been multiple kinds of unstable
PostPosted: Wed Mar 11, 2020 2:48 pm 
Harrisian Fez

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Ouch. I wish I could say, "I'm glad it's not just me," but... yeah. :remydizzy:

Thanks for going through the trouble!


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 Post subject: Re: Game has been multiple kinds of unstable
PostPosted: Fri May 22, 2020 5:29 pm 
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Seconded, thanks for going to all that effort, Calvin. You seem to be the main reason this is still running, and it's deeply appreciated. :woodman:

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 Post subject: Re: Game has been multiple kinds of unstable
PostPosted: Tue May 26, 2020 7:11 am 
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Yeppers. :cheeky:

I tweaked the 'nightly restart' script a little and it seems to have helped a bit.


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 Post subject: Re: Game has been multiple kinds of unstable
PostPosted: Fri Jun 12, 2020 6:46 am 
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Sorry, folks. The server was full.

I deleted 3.7 gigs of old log files, kicked the server for good measure, and Skyrates is now back online.


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 Post subject: Re: Game has been multiple kinds of unstable
PostPosted: Wed Jun 17, 2020 8:01 pm 

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Server's down again?


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 Post subject: Re: Game has been multiple kinds of unstable
PostPosted: Thu Jun 18, 2020 9:12 am 
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Nope. It's up at the moment, but it was offline when you attempted to access it.

For what it's worth, the server is automagically restarted every day at 1:00 am Pacific time. If that restart process fails (for whatever reason), it might take me more than 24 hours to notice, but the next "restart process" often resolves the issue.


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 Post subject: Re: Game has been multiple kinds of unstable
PostPosted: Sun Jun 21, 2020 12:11 pm 

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Calvin wrote:
Nope. It's up at the moment, but it was offline when you attempted to access it.

For what it's worth, the server is automagically restarted every day at 1:00 am Pacific time. If that restart process fails (for whatever reason), it might take me more than 24 hours to notice, but the next "restart process" often resolves the issue.



Thanks, how can I help pay for the server?


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 Post subject: Re: Game has been multiple kinds of unstable
PostPosted: Mon Jun 22, 2020 10:49 am 

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Never mind my character can finally view the map again. Guess the server was lagging or something.


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 Post subject: Re: Game has been multiple kinds of unstable
PostPosted: Mon Aug 17, 2020 3:33 pm 
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Calvin wrote:
Nope. It's up at the moment, but it was offline when you attempted to access it.

For what it's worth, the server is automagically restarted every day at 1:00 am Pacific time. If that restart process fails (for whatever reason), it might take me more than 24 hours to notice, but the next "restart process" often resolves the issue.

Server's down again today. And actually, I've noticed a pattern in recent weeks that resembles what you've described here: the restart process will 'cone the server for the day, but the next restart will (usually) fix it the following day. This makes for an interesting new time management mechanic in the Skyrates sporadic gameplay experiment - when the server's up it's a race against the clock to get everything done in a day and set a queue that makes the most of your 24-hour (or more) downtime. Punishes perf planes a bit, sure (sorry Rudy), but this is just how the game is played nowadays.

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 Post subject: Re: Game has been multiple kinds of unstable
PostPosted: Tue Aug 18, 2020 7:10 am 
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Fascinating! Let's tour the sausage factory!
:drool:
I did a exhaustive review of the server logs dating back to Dec 24, 2019, and found the following:
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Friday, January 3, 2020.......days since last server outage: 10
Monday, January 27, 2020......days since last server outage: 24
Friday, January 31, 2020......days since last server outage: 4
Monday, February 3, 2020......days since last server outage: 3
Thursday, February 6, 2020....days since last server outage: 3
Friday, February 7, 2020......days since last server outage: 1
Wednesday, February 12, 2020..days since last server outage: 5
Friday, February 14, 2020.....days since last server outage: 2
Sunday, February 16, 2020.....days since last server outage: 2
Monday, February 17, 2020.....days since last server outage: 1
Wednesday, February 19, 2020..days since last server outage: 2
Monday, February 24, 2020.....days since last server outage: 5
Thursday, February 27, 2020...days since last server outage: 3
Sunday, March 1, 2020.........days since last server outage: 3
Thursday, March 5, 2020.......days since last server outage: 4
Saturday, March 7, 2020.......days since last server outage: 2
Sunday, March 8, 2020.........days since last server outage: 1
Monday, March 9, 2020.........days since last server outage: 1
Monday, March 16, 2020........days since last server outage: 7
Wednesday, March 25, 2020.....days since last server outage: 9
Monday, March 30, 2020........days since last server outage: 5
Thursday, April 9, 2020.......days since last server outage: 10
Monday, April 13, 2020........days since last server outage: 4
Tuesday, April 14, 2020.......days since last server outage: 1
Wednesday, April 29, 2020.....days since last server outage: 15
Monday, May 4, 2020...........days since last server outage: 5
Wednesday, May 6, 2020........days since last server outage: 2
Thursday, May 7, 2020.........days since last server outage: 1
Wednesday, May 13, 2020.......days since last server outage: 6
Tuesday, May 19, 2020.........days since last server outage: 6
Thursday, June 18, 2020.......days since last server outage: 30
Friday, July 10, 2020.........days since last server outage: 22
Wednesday, August 5, 2020.....days since last server outage: 26
Wednesday, August 12, 2020....days since last server outage: 7
Saturday, August 15, 2020.....days since last server outage: 3
Tuesday, August 18, 2020......days since last server outage: 3

Sadly, I don't see any particular pattern and, yes, most outages last 24 hours.
That is, until either I notice, or the routine that dropkicks the server runs again... whichever comes first.


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 Post subject: Re: Game has been multiple kinds of unstable
PostPosted: Thu Aug 20, 2020 4:14 pm 
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Well, my gut told me there was a pattern and it never lies. Just gets confused sometimes (owing to an undigested bit of beef, a blot of mustard, etc.). Besides, with the pandemic on, all the days start to run together and not everybody has a handy chart to tell them what day happened when. But I appreciate the tour of the factory - I'll be sure to pick something up at the gift shop.

Thanks for keeping things running, Cal. :thumbs:

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 Post subject: Re: Game has been multiple kinds of unstable
PostPosted: Sun Aug 30, 2020 8:58 pm 
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Server's down right now - dunno how long it's been, but I'll restart checking in on things while flash is still up.

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 Post subject: Re: Game has been multiple kinds of unstable
PostPosted: Mon Aug 31, 2020 6:03 am 
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Yep. Looks like one of the services Skyrates uses went down sometime on the 30th.

The server was kicked during the following nightly restart, and has been back online since then.

Sorry about that!


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 Post subject: Re: Game has been multiple kinds of unstable
PostPosted: Tue Sep 08, 2020 4:46 pm 
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Server's down again. Time for the Hammer of Reboot...

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 Post subject: Re: Game has been multiple kinds of unstable
PostPosted: Wed Sep 09, 2020 7:04 am 
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Looks like the nightly server kick fixed it.

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 Post subject: Re: Game has been multiple kinds of unstable
PostPosted: Fri Sep 11, 2020 8:25 am 
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*Sigh* Yeah, this is unstable. Down again. Hopefully the server kick will right it. [Edit] It did.

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 Post subject: Re: Game has been multiple kinds of unstable
PostPosted: Mon Sep 14, 2020 11:45 am 
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Server was full. :sad:
It's back online now.


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