Bad enough that I haven’t had access to WFMU’s archives, or that my podcasts haven’t come in for nearly a week. Today I learn that things could have been, and may well end up being so, so much worse:
The reason why this outage is lasting so long is that we are on the cusp of losing the last six years of our audio archives. We don’t want to act rashly and lose it all. Our backup archive server turned out to be unuseable, meaning that the failed archive server is holding the only full copy of our archives. The archive server suffered a problem with it’s linux operating system following a scheduled upgrade of Red Hat linux. While it looks like the archive server’s data is intact, we can’t put it back online again until we’ve been able to check it out more thoroughly and nake a copy of all the archives. It looks more likely that when the archives come back, it will only be for newly created archives, while we continue to backup and massage the main archive server.