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Post by Bryn Mawr »

I've jut been informed of a security upgrade that is required to the system.

There may be a short downtime whilst it is carried out but I am assured that it will be kept to a minimum
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Post by LarsMac »

Eh, I have to go back to work anyway.

My IBM friends are keeping me pretty busy these days.
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Post by Bryn Mawr »

LarsMac;1450955 wrote: Eh, I have to go back to work anyway.

My IBM friends are keeping me pretty busy these days.


I have to go to bed but want to see that this goes though OK
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Post by Bryn Mawr »

Bryn Mawr;1450952 wrote: I've jut been informed of a security upgrade that is required to the system.

There may be a short downtime whilst it is carried out but I am assured that it will be kept to a minimum


That was a rough ride but we appear to be back at the moment.

If you find any problems then please report them but the only one I can see at the moment is the "New Posts" link is not working for me.
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New posts not working for me either.
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Post by LarsMac »

Same here

Error 500 (Internal Server Error)
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It's anything that uses the search program - New Posts, Today's Posts, Advanced Search, etc.
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Post by LarsMac »

That's pretty ugly.

Have you talked to the server folks, yet?
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Post by Bryn Mawr »

LarsMac;1450964 wrote: That's pretty ugly.

Have you talked to the server folks, yet?


I was talking to them half the night and I'm talking to them again now.

In order to install the update to fix the urgent security leak they had to first update MySQL, Apache and PHP. The update to PHP killed one of the modules to such an extent that it was impossible to log in. I managed to disable the module through the back door just before I had to go to work. At about lunchtime the support team managed to back out to an intermediate version of PHP but that has not completely cured the problem and they say they cannot revert to the original version.

Trouble is, whereas at the start the system was reporting the errors on the user screen, the error in SEARCH.PHP is bombing without leaving an error trail - very frustrating.
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Post by along-for-the-ride »

When I try to go into my threads from my profile page, this pops up:

http://us.yhs4.search.yahoo.com/yhs/err ... rum_Thread
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Post by Bryn Mawr »

This is turning into a nightmare.

The site's hosts who are doing the upgrade cannot take us back to the original version of the software and the version we are running on still gives us problems with the search function.

It looks like the fix will involve doing a full upgrade to the next version of vBulletin but that is going to take some time.

So for the time being please use the home page or the forums page to access the posts rather than My Posts / My Threads / New Posts / Today's Posts / etc.

We'll keep you updated with progress as and when we make any.
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Bryn Mawr;1450983 wrote: This is turning into a nightmare.

The site's hosts who are doing the upgrade cannot take us back to the original version of the software and the version we are running on still gives us problems with the search function.

It looks like the fix will involve doing a full upgrade to the next version of vBulletin but that is going to take some time.

So for the time being please use the home page or the forums page to access the posts rather than My Posts / My Threads / New Posts / Today's Posts / etc.

We'll keep you updated with progress as and when we make any.




{{{hugs}}} figured you needed some!

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Post by Bryn Mawr »

Lady J;1450984 wrote: {{{hugs}}} figured you needed some!

:yh_hugs


Thanks :-6

It's not a good time.
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Post by Bruv »

Should we all cross our fingers?

Keep up the good work and forget about all the irritating PM's......and especially sorry for mine.
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Post by fuzzywuzzy »

great!!!! i finally get onto a computer and this happens.........karma knew I was coming here it's all my fault.
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Meanwhile here's some thinking music :)



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I am returned to my desk. It seems to have been an inconvenient moment for me to have been off the radar.

Here's the announcement I put up four days ago, for reference:NOTICE!! The site currently can't handle requests for "Today's Posts" or anything else that relies on the search page. We can only mend this by rebuilding ForumGarden from scratch and importing the messages to a new system. We'll be doing that starting on Tuesday 1st April. Until then if you want to see the most recent posts please click the Home page tab. The Forums page tab also still works. We were caught off balance by a forced irreversible security upgrade on our current host. We apologize for what will be a difficult week for all members.

So - ignore the fact that it's currently April Fools Day, here's my intention.

The site works on VBulletin software (VB) and I'm not going to change that. I'm going to bring up a fresh copy of the current VB4 (This present version of ForumGarden is an earlier VB4, upgrading to the latest VB4 will give us back a working search page for Today's and New Posts). The new VB4 will be hosted elsewhere, at least while I build and test it. We may well stick with the new host once it goes live.

I'll transfer all the existing users, posts, PMs and as much else as I can successfully handle. I'll try to approximate the current color scheme and shape of the site but I know there'll be differences and I consider those to be lower priority than actually getting Today's / New Posts back into use.

This will take me until the weekend. I intend, at the moment, provisionally, to bring the current site offline on Saturday night and put the new site up for Sunday morning.

I'll update this thread to keep everyone in the picture.

The management apologizes for the inconvenience of the past few days.


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No apologies needed. We appreciate your hard work. Good luck. Don't drink too much coffee or Red Bull
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Anything we can do to help, let us know.

Perhaps some help with testing?
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Post by FG »

Bryn found the errant code and I think we now have a patch. If anyone still has a problem associated with the New Posts, Today's Posts or Search buttons please make a further note in this thread.

We intend a system upgrade over the weekend but getting the buttons back before then is better than not.

For the record, here's the patch:[fg@host2 ~]$ cd www/forums/vb/search/

[fg@host2 search]$ diff criteria.php.was criteria.php

830c830

< if (method_exists($this->search_type, 'get_display_name'))

---

> if (class_exists($this->search_type) AND method_exists($this->search_type, 'get_display_name'))

[fg@host2 search]$

It's based on the explanation given at remository.com


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Post by Kathy Ellen »

Thanks so much for solving some of these problems Tyr and Bryn. It's nice to be back in FG.
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Post by theia »

Thank you both for sorting out the problems. I cm access FG again now.
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Post by Bryn Mawr »

I cannot tell you how happy I am that that's over.

The main problem was that we could not do anything until the hosts finished their security update and the problems they had with that took them almost a week to resolve.

Many thanks to FG for staying up into the small hours finding, applying and testing the fix :-6
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Post by Bruv »

Congrats and many thanks for all the good work.

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I'm taking the site down for another 10-minute backup, on the hour. That's 8pm BST, or 21:00 GMT for foreigners.


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Right - I have no immediate plans to do that again. The management appreciates the magnanimity of the membership.
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FG;1451147 wrote: I'm taking the site down for another 10-minute backup, on the hour. That's 8pm BST, or 21:00 GMT for foreigners.


Doesn't that go the other way - BST ahead of GMT?
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Bryn Mawr;1451174 wrote: Doesn't that go the other way - BST ahead of GMT?


Oh poo.


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Well all I can say is I'm amazed at the technical prowess of FG and Bryn Mawr and the undoubted stamina involved, and say a big thank you to both for keeping Forum Garden going ! (((((( Bryn and John )))))
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Thanks for fixing the problems. I was having difficulty finding my way around.
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Kudos to Bryn and John!:guitarist

Great job and very much appreciated!:yh_bigsmi

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G#Gill;1451179 wrote: Well all I can say is I'm amazed at the technical prowess of FG and Bryn Mawr and the undoubted stamina involved, and say a big thank you to both for keeping Forum Garden going ! (((((( Bryn and John )))))


I think they just turned it off and then on again. That always works
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