The host over at my Regular-ish Site are in upgrade mode:
On May 29th, between 4:00pm and 10:00pm PST, we will be performing a few upgrades on your shared MySQL server, [name redacted].
We expect the process to take up to 30 minutes total, and once this has completed, your MySQL server will be running Ubuntu Bionic and MySQL 5.7.
You may notice that your MySQL databases are unreachable for brief periods, or your website may behave unexpectedly while we complete the upgrade. This is normal, and your sites and databases will be back online as soon as the upgrade is complete!
The full name is in fact Bionic Beaver, and this release dates to April 2018, though it should be good for four more years.
I am told that routine maintenance is going on at the host; they said a two-hour window, but only five minutes of actual downtime.
That was 45 minutes ago.
Not sure what happened, but all my stuff (except this) is coming up 404. No indication when things will be fixed.
I don’t know for certain there will be downtime, but I’ve just had a Virtual Private Server provisioned — 1 GB of RAM, versus 360 MB on my old shared plan, and 30 GB of disk space — and I have no idea how long it will take to move everything. (I estimate I have used about 2 GB of disk.) This will cost me an extra fifty bucks a year, which is probably trivial in the grand scheme of things.)
Of course, good old WordPress.com will continue to function normally, if I have to pass on any further news.
I mean, I knew it was coming, but still:
We will be working to improve service on your MySQL server this Wednesday, March 22nd, starting at 2PM PDT. This maintenance is estimated to take up to 2-3 hours to complete with a total of roughly 2 hours of downtime. Databases will not be available during this 2 hour period.
As part of this improvement, we will be upgrading your MySQL server to improve stability as well as patching it for potential vulnerabilities. There should be no data loss, but connectivity will be affected by this maintenance, and changes to your databases should not be made until the maintenance is complete.
And what’s two hours, anyway?
Says my Web host:
Our Network Operations team will be performing a proactive scheduled maintenance starting at 10:30PM Pacific Standard Time on February 8th, 2017 in order to further improve network reliability. This is expected to last up to four hours, and will result in server unavailability of up to 45 minutes.
Once the maintenance has begun, please avoid adding or modifying databases on your MySQL server, as we will be unable to process any database-related changes during this time (and those changes may be lost).
That’s half past midnight here in Central time. I’m hoping I’m asleep by then and won’t even notice the downtime.