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Updating to newest release candidate today


!iSurf Support

Howdy all! The latest Friendica Release Candidate has been out for some time now and while I like to usually jump on the release candidates to have another site testing the code out, I've had a couple of crazy weeks personally and have also been not wanting to create any possible disruption to the site at the moment.

However, I think it's time to help out by providing whatever feedback we can, so I'll switch the code over shortly, which may cause a maintenance disruption as the database requires some modifications.

I'm currently running an optimize on the database to cut the storage space down and hopefully be able to run through the changes more quickly than if we didn't optimize.

I'll drop a note when the changes have been done and we're on the release candidate.

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We're on the release candidate now, all seems to have gone well.

Please do let me know if you see any issues!

Thanks.


12 hour outage scheduled today


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Hi all,

Apparently from 8am-8pm pacific the provider behind this server will be doing network upgrades that will have things offline all day.

Hopefully it's less, but we'll see.

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Cat avatar add-on enabled


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This is kind of a silly add-on, but if you are a fan of David Revoy's cat avatar generator, you can now generate/choose one in your settings. Settings -> Addons -> Cat Avatar Settings

I'm looking at the Libravatar addon as well, will post when that's working appropriately.

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Site migration complete!


!iSurf Support

That was painful how slow the data move was.

However, it's done, all looking good so far. Please let me know if you have any issues!

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Hey @Gidi Kroon I'm sorry to see that that's happening. I do see the 500's in the logs but I don't know what's causing the errors around them.

I've fixed up a couple of slightly mismatched settings in PHP-FPM, but I don't know if they would have any impact.

Are you able to try from a separate browser just to see if you get the same results?
@Adam I did mainly check in Firefox, but saw the same behaviour in Chrome on desktop and mobile. But it is really not an 'urgent issue', after all I don't really need to 'see my own posts'...
@Adam
Hopefully I'll see something on how to fix it soon - I've posted it as a PHP fatal error in the current Friendica stable code:

https://github.com/friendica/friendica/issues/10167#issuecomment-830859710
Hey @Gidi Kroon - has the behaviour changed on this at all?
@Adam Just checked and I still get the error on /profile/gidikroon when logged in and now also on /network. I can see /profile/gidikroon when not logged in. I have to select "Disable Cache", otherwise I get logged in results even after logging out.

I don't remember making a non-public post recently, so I guess the non-logged in "/profile/gidikroon" should show the same posts as the logged in one. So I don't know which post or contact triggers this... Maybe it's just random and it'll go away....
@Adam
Hi @Gidi Kroon - some fatal error bugs were patched up last night, including one for the fatal error that was showing up on your profile.

What do things like your profile and network feed look like for you now?
@Adam when I test in chrome on mobile it's still the same. I'll test on desktop later, where I can clear cache. It turns out it's only my posts and my mentions that don't work (https://social.isurf.ca/profile/gidikroon/status and https://social.isurf.ca/network?mention=1). The normal network page works, but it seemed broken earlier because I seemed to enter at the "?mention=1" variant which is broken.
@Adam
Aha! I missed part of one of the patches relating to this failure. I've added the missing piece in, hopefully that resolves it now?
@Adam It was just resolved!

I found the problematic post (https://social.isurf.ca/display/c443a55c-2060-85dc-56e1-aca264943138 , with an empty mention tag) and while I was experimenting with it, it suddenly loaded properly again. Apparently that was you fixing it... nothing I did...

Thanks for all the effort!
@Adam
I'd be happy with it resolving either way, heh! Though I'm glad there was a code fix to strengthen Friendica against what I guess must just be a weird condition.

Thanks for your patience and retries, it's of course greatly helpful when I'm not seeing the problem myself.


*Outage* Site migration coming Saturday


!iSurf Support
Hi all!

As referred to in my recent announcement email, I'm going to be moving iSurf Social from a VPS on a shared host to a dedicated server.

I plan on doing this move this coming Saturday morning, Saturday May 1 beginning mid-morning Pacific.

Hopefully once I update the DNS you won't have much of an outage beyond that, but as with any DNS change, some providers DNS servers may hang on to the data way longer than they're told to.

If you see an extended outage, that's likely what's happening. You can always reboot whatever device you're trying to hit the site with and see if that fixes things up for you.

Updates on the progress of the move will be done over at the iSurf Announcements feed, so you should have an idea whether things are still down or just down for you.

I've been moving a variety of things the past week, and things have been working out really very well so far. This move should provide better performance for the forseeable future.

If anything changes with the plans, I'll update here, the announcements feed and on the login page.

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(Resolved) Poor performance currently


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Hi all,

The past couple of days there's been some odd performance problems. I've been working at it much of today and it looks like the VPS'es CPU performance has gone crappy. Benchmarks against a comparable VPS in another location showed this one performing really poorly.

So, I have a ticket open, I'm hoping the VPS can be moved to another host or something else comes along to fix it. I'm keeping my eye on it and am trying to keep things moving along smoothly.,

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After contacting the VPS provider, the performance magically righted itself, and appears to have been much more reasonable since.

I'm sorry it took awhile to resolve - a performance problem from the host should really resolve in a much faster time frame.


Network link error


Hello all. I first mentioned the fact I was getting gateway errors when going to the main site link which is rendering the network link. For a brief period of time it was just ungodly slow (taking minutes to render) versus not working but for the past couple weeks it is back to being nothing but gateway errors. I posted a comment to the Friendica Matrix forum as well because I think it is a change to the code that is causing the problem not a configuration issue. The reason I say that is because it makes no sense to me that the flag over the network title should have 220,840 posts (attached). Also going to other places directly avoids trying to return the general posts query thus avoids whatever insane data build up it's doing. With the current state of things Friendica is basically unusable to me.

OK, the fix-up was released and has been applied, hopefully whatever caused that mess or just allowed it to create hugely long queries has been resolved.
I've disabled the ingestion of tweets from my Twitter timeline too. I think me tweeting over there should still post over here but that should be it.


Speed gains & fixes the past few days


!iSurf Support

Hey everyone,

After a few days of performance issues, worker queue backlog, and a number of database structure updates, it appears the system is running better again, and there shouldn't be delays on message delivery going on again.

If you see any bugs, please shoot them my way as quickly as possible so we can look at getting them resolved. Here's hoping we can get further gains through to the next stable release in March!

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Maintenance to start in a few minutes


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Howdy all,

About to start the next maintenance which will tie the DB up for awhile.

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Planning maintenance tomorrow morning


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It looks like the memory exhaustion issue has been resolved.

Now there's some other performance improvements in the past few days updates that require a bit of an outage for them to be implemented (more db restructuring).

I will likely run these updates tomorrow, Sunday morning pacific time.

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May have fixed a big source of the problem


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Hi all,

I believe I've found a source of problems and have corrected it. Hopefully we no longer see the service drop outs.

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So far, so good. There's some interesting DB updates (Michael Vogel has been working on fixing up the DB structure for several revisions) coming down the pipe very soon that should help further with performance, but I'm going to let the system run status-quo for the moment until I'm sure the stability problems are gone.

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Still seeing issues


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There's still something very strange going on. Everything seems fine, then RAM usage spikes and the DB service claims 'out of memory'.

I'll be rebooting to bring in a new kernel in a few minutes. More fixes may be forthcoming, but they'll all entail outages here and there.

Unfortunately the DB crash caused multiple hours of downtime last night, and I'll try and find some way of improving that.

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Stability issues this past week


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Hi all,

This past week there's been some RAM starvation issues that seem to mostly have come out of nowhere. I've been investigating and trying to make very minor adjustments. Unfortunately, when they pop up, they crash the DB and things are down for awhile.

I've involved the VPS provider as well, but nothing much of interest has been found yet. I'll update further when I know more.

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Follow the iSurf Announcements feed!


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Hi all,

Quick note that I have recently created an iSurf Announcements account off-site, so that you can follow and hopefully get timely updates about what's going on, especially if there's any sort of outage here.

The account is: https://mycrowd.ca/isurfannounce

Thanks.

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Extra contact points


!iSurf Support

Hi all,

I've created an account on my Pleroma instance as an outside contact + announcements point. If you'd like to connect to it, it's https://mycrowd.ca/isurfannounce

I have a personal account there too at https://mycrowd.ca/kinetix

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!iSurf Support Hey sorry to bother again but I think outgoing federation is having problems. It's been like this for at least a week, maybe longer. Checking my account from the diasp.org D* pod my posts are 5 days behind. On the mastodon.technology they look like they are 3 days behind. Not sure if the workers are backlogged or if there is a bigger problem with Friendica's federation code but just giving you a heads up.

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Not at all! I'm sorry we all had the inconvenience, but I'm glad it's back in seemingly decent order. Appreciate the patience!
I appreciate your unsung efforts to keep it running.


social.isurf.ca is now running Friendica 2021.01 stable


!iSurf Support

Hi all,

We've just updated to the latest stable Friendica release, 2021.01. The release information can be found here: https://social.isurf.ca/display/39bbe52a8755bb27a3cae7a110901a64b923dceb

Please do let me know if you encounter issues!

Thanks, and enjoy!

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We've updated to the 2012 release candidate code


!iSurf Support

Hi all,

Right at the moment the system's under somewhat heavy load as things start to catch up after being in maintenance mode for the past couple of hours.

However, we're now on the current Release Candidate Friendica software, and hopefully we see the performance and stability improvements with it.

If you notice anything wacky going on, please let me know, and we'll get the investigations going!

Thanks, and enjoy!

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What nodes/instances are shown in the "global community"?


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Hello. is there a list of what nodes/instances are included in the "global community" when I access it here on iSurf? I notice that I see posts from the Diaspora server @pluspora.com. I have an account with @diasp.org, though I haven't seen posts from there reflected here.

I guess I'm just wondering how the interaction with outside Diaspora networks works within iSurf.


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iSurf Social Registrations open again!


Hi all!

Well, with some of the bugfixes and improvements that have gone in with system cleanup and performance, I've been able to re-enable some cleanup settings. That, in turn, has led me to re-open registrations for new accounts here.

If you know of anyone who's been looking to give a North American Friendica setup a go, do let them know!



Expect an outage this weekend


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Hi all!

Going to move the site over to another server this weekend. When the outage/shift will occur, I'm not sure - maybe as soon as tonight. If it doesn't occur this evening (pacific time), then it should tomorrow evening.

We should get some performance gains from the move.

I'll post with another status update soon, and when relevant!


Upgraded our instance to 2020.07 this evening!


!iSurf Support
Howdy everyone!

Just a quick note that we're now running Friendica 2020.07, the current stable release, after an upgrade this evening.

Please let me know if you notice any strange behaviour!

Thanks!


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So I was under the impression that if you had to port your account, none of your old posts went with you because I ported my key over from an instance that I don't think provided that option a year ago. Just downloaded my backup and looked through the code and it looks like all my posts are saved. Is this the case because if so I've been telling people wrong things. It just doesn't download your saved files and videos yes? Also is this process still in experimental or has it moved beyond to just standard now?