1. Nov 20, 2006

### Greg Bernhardt

Sorry for the long downtime. There were several very large update queries that each took about an hour. It didn't help when during one of them I lost the connection to mysql which ended up corrupting the database. Repairing it took another hour and of course that wasn't the end of it, during repair a tmp folder ran out of space and I had to kill the repair process and remount the folder with more space and do everything all over again. But finally all is well... fingers crossed.

I'm opening the forum a bit premature because I know everyone is itching to get back on. Be aware I haven't updated any templates or hacks yet so some things may not work or act strange. Right now I'm going to eat dinner and relax as it was a long night and long day.

It would be a good idea to clear your caches as alot of JS files have changed

2. Nov 20, 2006

### Staff: Mentor

Cache cleared -- thanks for the reminder. Hang in there Greg!

3. Nov 20, 2006

### turbo

Thanks, Greg!

4. Nov 20, 2006

### Moonbear

Staff Emeritus
Thanks Greg! Sounds like your night was as rough as mine (I used the downtime to finish writing a grant). Get some sleep!

5. Nov 20, 2006

### Danger

What the hell is a 'cache', and how does one clear it?

6. Nov 20, 2006

### Moonbear

Staff Emeritus
I don't remember how to give you instructions for other browsers, but if you're by any chance using Safari on a Mac, click on "safari" in the menu, and then choose "empty cache."

The cache stores information about websites you visit so they load more quickly when you revisit them, but it also means you don't see all the recent changes to a site.

Greg, when the upgrade is finished will the "last post by" names reappear on the main index page?

7. Nov 20, 2006

### Bystander

Can't "Mark Forums Read," not showing authors for "last post."

8. Nov 20, 2006

### Staff: Mentor

Yes, I noticed that's missing too.

9. Nov 20, 2006

### Danger

Thanks, Moonbear. I was on the iMac using Safari a couple of days ago, but it was W's PC (which I'm on now) that I was using both when it went down and when it came back up. In between was my boss' PC at work.

10. Nov 20, 2006

### neutrino

Thanks, Greg! :)

11. Nov 21, 2006

### Chris Hillman

More instability issues (hopefully only temporary)

Hi all,

For what it is worth, I have been experiencing considerable trouble using PF: I have been involuntarily logged off several times, thus losing work, and then I have had trouble logging back back on. I hope this will be ameliorated once Greg has a chance to finish recovering from the database problem. I should add that I am a very new user, whose tenure at PF seems to have coincided with the system problems over the past few days--- purely by coincidence, I trust! I take it this kind of instability at PF is unusual?

Danger: regarding "clearing your cache": at a guess, Greg meant that we should clear our browser cache. Precise instructions will depend upon which browser you happen to use, but for the always popular Firefox, try Edit -> Preferences -> Cache -> Clear Cache Now. I'll go out on a limb and suggest that anyone experiencing problems logging back in after being involuntarily logged off should also try clearing any cookies.

Chris Hillman

Last edited: Nov 21, 2006
12. Nov 21, 2006

### Hurkyl

Staff Emeritus
That's not a new problem. You might to be able to recover your work with your browser's "back" button. But in any case, if you're spending a substantial amount of time on a post, you should probably be doing it in a text editor.

13. Nov 21, 2006

### Hurkyl

Staff Emeritus
Ack, I see Greg's still playing with the formatting! When I view a thread, the posts now arrange themselves in this lovely triangular shape, with the last posts in a thread being very, very narrow. :tongue: I'm tempted to write neoantidisestablishmentarianism in a post, just to see how it messes things up. (Yay, and things are now back to normal)

Last edited: Nov 21, 2006
14. Nov 21, 2006

### Greg Bernhardt

haha its gonna be ugly for a little bit, going though all the changes and trying to apply the past skin can be challenging

15. Nov 21, 2006

### neutrino

(emphasis mine)

That would be in the Linux version of Firefox, I believe. For Windoze (Firefox 2.0), it's Tools->Options->Privacy-[Private Data] Clear Now... and there check the 'Cache' checkbox (the highlighted part is the same for both versions, though)

16. Nov 21, 2006

### Moonbear

Staff Emeritus
Are you still working on the upgrade, Greg? There's not much point in us all reporting ongoing problems or trying to locate new features or whether old features are gone for good until you've had a chance to complete the upgrade. After it's completed to your satisfaction, we can report things that have gone missing and need to be found.

17. Nov 21, 2006

### GCT

I'm not able to view my journals, and I've saved some important informational files to them, so I'm kind of getting concerned. When will I be able to look at them?

18. Nov 21, 2006

### 0rthodontist

There's a couple of new threads in the homework help forum for calculus and beyond that have nothing in them, and I can't reply to them (invalid thread).

19. Nov 21, 2006

### arildno

Whatever is wrong with GD now??

20. Nov 21, 2006

### Ivan Seeking

Staff Emeritus
Post editing has problems.

21. Nov 21, 2006

### Greg Bernhardt

Journals I'm still working on, the new journal system is completely revamped, I think you'll enjoy it. Hopefully will be ready within the next couple days, all entries preserved.

22. Nov 21, 2006

### robphy

$$\LaTeX$$ in the journals?

23. Nov 21, 2006

### GCT

Thank goodness

24. Nov 22, 2006

### Danger

So, what happened just now?
First, the bloody thing switched to 'typeover' rather than 'insert' mode (and I couldn't get it back--but it's okay now), and then my post won't show up. It was in the Engineering thread about water as fuel. The index box shows that the last post is mine, and when I tried to re-post it I was informed that it's a duplicate, but it doesn't appear in the thread.

edit: By the way, it shows up in the 'Find more posts by ME' when I click on my name, but clicking the link to it takes me to the thread where it isn't.

Last edited: Nov 22, 2006
25. Nov 22, 2006

### Staff: Mentor

Greg is still working on things, I'm getting messed up graphics.