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From Joshua Slive <>
Subject Re: minotaur down
Date Mon, 28 Nov 2005 14:58:39 GMT

Nick Kew wrote:
> minotaur has been down for six hour now, perhaps longer.
> Given how many critical things live there, this is a problem.
> From discussion on #asfinfra (IRC), it seems (correct me if
> I'm wrong) that it can be accessed remotely by sufficiently
> privileged users even when down, but there are very few
> people with that privilege.
> Shouldn't there be an emergency backup plan, including
> a standby server that can be switched to for the public
> pages, and enough people, distributed over different
> timezones, equipped and privileged to switch to it?

Ooo... And fairy dust.  I think there should be fairy dust. ;-)

See the extended discussion about hiring paid infra help and feel free 
to come over to and start writing down a 
disaster recovery plan.

By the way, there is a live backup at (and similarly 
for most other sites), but in order to make the switch in DNS we'd need 
access to minotaur.  Oops.


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