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[*] posted on 6-2-2024 at 09:52
Sorry for the downtime


I think that the forum has been behaving badly because the database filesystem was nearly full. I had earlier thought that maybe the database tables just needed to be repaired and optimized, so I kicked off a scripted process to repair and optimize all of them yesterday. I believe this was the source of downtime, because the process got stuck on the attachments table (many gigabytes of binary data) when it did not have enough working space left on the disk. I only noticed the stuck process this morning and considered the lack of disk space at that point.

I freed up disk space, temporarily shut down the web server altogether, and repaired/optimized the attachments table successfully. I have some hopes that this will fix the intermittent posting errors users have been experiencing, but I'm not sure.




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[*] posted on 6-2-2024 at 10:10


....its good to hear you're still around, ...I was concerned about the status of the forum...thank you for the many years of your time and effort in keeping this forum going.....solo/java



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[*] posted on 6-2-2024 at 11:05


Quote: Originally posted by solo  
....its good to hear you're still around, ...I was concerned about the status of the forum...thank you for the many years of your time and effort in keeping this forum going.....solo/java



I second this.

Glad to here all is well with the server. Hoping all is well with you too Polverone. I send my thanks as well for the many years you have hosted the greatest server on the internet the world has ever known.
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[*] posted on 6-2-2024 at 11:22


Glad to see it back up and kicking but always feel as if we're on borrowed time with this old message board software.



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[*] posted on 6-2-2024 at 11:41


Yeah I've often wondered if it would eventually quit running. This old style has grown on me over the years and I love it though. Pure, clean and simple.

With no distractions.


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[*] posted on 6-2-2024 at 11:42


I’m glad to see the forum is back up. Thanks to you Polverone for all your time and energy keeping things running. I’m a member of another forum for old Dodge trucks, and that forum has been offline for over a week, finally coming back up this morning. When I saw SciMad down all I could think of was Oh no, not another one. But both of my favorite haunts are back up and running.



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[*] posted on 7-2-2024 at 06:59
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I too am grateful for your continuous commitment,
Well done, and thank you.

Thanks also to administrators and moderators for protecting this legacy.




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[*] posted on 7-2-2024 at 11:16


I was little bit worried what's going on. I am glad that everything is okay. Thanks Polveron for your work on the forum!
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[*] posted on 7-2-2024 at 12:50


Yeah i was worrying too, dont want to come here with a website seized warning.

Do we have any backup of the website in case it ever get taken down? soo many great info in here would not want to lose this.

Also about old website, sometime when they update stuff like PHP they will remove/rename functions and some website stop working, its a pita, admin have to manually edit the site code to use the new function.(i had to do that back in the day).

Also, usually, its possible to import/port the database to a newer forum version.
I had a website that ran under phpnuke, and many years later i took the forum back online with just phpbb board. Kept all account/posts, so its doable.
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[*] posted on 8-2-2024 at 08:28


Quote: Originally posted by fx-991ex  
Yeah i was
Do we have any backup of the website in case it ever get taken down? soo many great info in here would not want to lose this.


There is a backup.
https://www.sciencemadness.org/talk/viewthread.php?tid=12051&page=4
It would be nice if it was updated.
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