The Linux Mint web server was down for periods of time today and yesterday. I would like to apologize for this. The first problem occured after a library update broke the bindings used by Apache and we had to recompile the HTTP server. I personally blame Gentoo for this although Michael K. (the server admin) disagrees with me on this one. The second problem occured after I decided to add news on the start page. With every visit on this page trigerring a PHP generated RSS request and consequently database connections the server went down pretty fast. We found 33GB of logs had been generated overnight… Michael reminded me I hadn’t been very smart on this one and the news on the start page are now generated by a separated script.
It can be quite worrying for Mint users when linuxmint.com goes down as not only do the website, the forums, the software portal and the wiki go down, but that also breaks the start page, the repositories and mintUpdate from working correctly. Starting with Elyssa the repositories and mintUpdate will migrate to the file server. A company website will also be available and distinct from linuxmint.com so users have a place to go and to find news in case downtimes happen again.
Sorry for the downtime and let’s hope it won’t happen again anytime soon.