Last night about sixish, the dreaded Googlebot dropped by the main site and scared the database into running off and hiding.
Seriously. This appeared in the error log:
[Thu Dec 31 16:04:20 2009] [error] [client 126.96.36.199] WordPress database error MySQL server has gone away for query SELECT * FROM [name of database redacted] WHERE ID = 1 LIMIT 1 made by require, require_once, include, the_post, WP_Query->the_post, setup_postdata, get_userdata
The IP in question traces right back to Google’s army of bots.
This, of course, caused everyone else’s database access to go south, and it left dozens of unfinished PHP calls sitting on the server, which is the sort of thing which annoys tech types.
Didn’t take too long to fix thank you, JoelW but it was a trifle unnerving just the same.