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.
All my other sites, notably dustbury.com, are down for the moment. Per the host:
We are currently seeing problems with DNS at our US-East (Virginia) data center. This is causing sites to fail to load.
I have no idea how long this will last.
Update: Apparently half an hour.
Ye olde Main Site will be placed in semi-stasis on Thursday, per this letter from the host:
Our technical operations team is constantly working to improve our services. As part of these improvements, we will be moving your MySQL databases to a new server while upgrading the MySQL version to 5.6. This migration will take place this Thursday, the 1st of October, starting at 10AM PDT. Migrating the databases from their current location will take all day to complete, however you will only experience 5 to 10 minutes of downtime when your databases are actually moved. During this maintenance, please try not to make any updates to your site (it will just prolong the migration). We apologize for any inconvenience this may cause!
I expect this place will be running, or at least ambulatory.
The current stable version is 5.6.26; 5.7.7 is out as a preview release, but the host has a rule about installing preview releases, and I don’t blame them.
My usual Web server is being upgraded to a Whole Farking New Operating System, and as a result will be down for a couple of hours. No big deal. (So far.)
For the “Are you sure?” types, this is the Official Announcement.
Hmmm. Middle of the afternoon, I have four sites to deal with, and none of them will load. Not sure what the issue is yet.
Update, six minutes later: And they’re back. Sometimes I think just taking perfunctory action, which this was, is enough to wake the Fates from their boozy slumber.
I think I brought this on myself: one of my other sites was not working specifically, this one and apparently they had to pull down the whole cluster of five to fix whatever was ailing it. (Right now, 503s are the order of the day.) No idea when things will be back to normal.