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1) Message boards : News : Validator Outage (Message 71421)
Posted 1 day ago by ProfileTom Donlon
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Flushed.
2) Message boards : News : Validator Outage (Message 71404)
Posted 6 days ago by ProfileTom Donlon
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Hi Everyone, I hope that you had a good week. I was away celebrating American Thanksgiving. Things are purged now and you should notice a drop in your invalid results shortly.
3) Message boards : News : Validator Outage (Message 71376)
Posted 15 days ago by ProfileTom Donlon
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Things should be cleaned out now.
4) Message boards : News : Validator Outage (Message 71375)
Posted 15 days ago by ProfileTom Donlon
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I talked to my supervisor about the patch and we agreed that it wasn't a good idea. We will have to wait until we can attack the bug directly.

I'll go and wipe the bad size WUs now.
5) Message boards : News : Scheduled Outage 11/16/21 3PM EDT (Message 71367)
Posted 19 days ago by ProfileTom Donlon
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Everything went as planned, and the server is back up. Good luck crunching!
6) Message boards : News : Scheduled Outage 11/16/21 3PM EDT (Message 71363)
Posted 20 days ago by ProfileTom Donlon
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Also, the website might go down for part of this outage, so be aware of that possibility.
7) Message boards : News : Scheduled Outage 11/16/21 3PM EDT (Message 71362)
Posted 20 days ago by ProfileTom Donlon
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Hey Everyone,

I'm going to take down the server at 3PM EDT tomorrow. The outage should only be a couple hours at most.

Tom
8) Message boards : Number crunching : OMG!!! My stars-84-donion.txt is f*****g EMPTY !!! (Message 71357)
Posted 21 days ago by ProfileTom Donlon
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Well that is worrying. Hopefully it's a weird edge case thing and not common...
9) Message boards : News : Validator Outage (Message 71352)
Posted 23 days ago by ProfileTom Donlon
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Cleared out 2 bad WUs. I may have an idea for a patchy fix that could be implemented quickly. Might take a look today and try it if I get around to it. If I do, the server will go up and down a few times later.
10) Message boards : News : Temporary Outage 11/5/2021 5PM EDT (Message 71336)
Posted 27 days ago by ProfileTom Donlon
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Yes, they just sign up, don't perform any work, and link to sketchy unsavory sites.
11) Message boards : News : Validator Outage (Message 71332)
Posted 27 days ago by ProfileTom Donlon
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I went through and purged all unsent jobs from the DB that had 7 WUs. Hopefully this decreases your validate error count rapidly instead of just waiting for things to work themselves out.
12) Message boards : News : Temporary Outage 11/5/2021 5PM EDT (Message 71331)
Posted 27 days ago by ProfileTom Donlon
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Things are back up.
13) Message boards : News : Temporary Outage 11/5/2021 5PM EDT (Message 71330)
Posted 27 days ago by ProfileTom Donlon
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I will be taking the server down for a very short time to clear out some 7 batch WUs.
14) Message boards : News : Validator Outage (Message 71329)
Posted 27 days ago by ProfileTom Donlon
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Hi All,

I was away from my computers yesterday and wasn't able to fix things until now. Cleared out two WUs.

Also, I've noticed some users getting hostile about this issue in the message boards and my DMs. I would like to remind you that Separation is a small part of my job, and it is not the focus of my PhD thesis. Unfortunately I don't always have the time to drop everything and dig through Separation code. Right now, all of my time is going into proposals to keep myself and MilkyWay@home funded. When things calm down, I will take the time and find a solution.

I understand that many of you have a financial interest in crunching WUs, and that the longer that I take to fix the problem the less money that you make. Apologies for the delays.
15) Message boards : News : Temporary Outage 11/5/2021 5PM EDT (Message 71310)
Posted 5 Nov 2021 by ProfileTom Donlon
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The server is back up, but I think I'll have to take it down again next week at some point.
16) Message boards : News : Temporary Outage 11/5/2021 5PM EDT (Message 71309)
Posted 5 Nov 2021 by ProfileTom Donlon
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Hi Everyone,

I will be taking the server down at 5PM today in order to delete the millions(!) of spam accounts. This shouldn't take too long, but the server may be turned off for a couple of hours.

Thanks for your help, and your patience.

Tom
17) Message boards : News : Validator Outage (Message 71308)
Posted 5 Nov 2021 by ProfileTom Donlon
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I took a look and there aren't any stuck WUs. They might just be leftover from the last stuck one.

It could totally be that there's a bug somewhere in the BOINC code, but it's also just as reasonable that the issue is with the custom Milkyway code. Good to know that we're all struggling together with these things.
18) Message boards : News : Validator Outage (Message 71305)
Posted 3 Nov 2021 by ProfileTom Donlon
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Cleared out the bad WU. Apologies.
19) Message boards : News : Validator Outage (Message 71296)
Posted 1 Nov 2021 by ProfileTom Donlon
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Thank you everyone! I just got my wisdom teeth removed this morning so I'm not sure how much I will be working for a little while. Nothing serious!

Unfortunately I have so many projects that this one often gets pushed to low priority, which I definitely understand is frustrating for you. I'd like to be able to do everything quickly, but it's not usually possible. I'll do my best to squeeze this in soon, though.

Thanks for being understanding.
20) Message boards : News : Validator Outage (Message 71292)
Posted 1 Nov 2021 by ProfileTom Donlon
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I will take a day to look at the source code again when I am recovered from my surgery and we are finished working on our NSF proposal. I am hoping that it is something that can be fixed on the server side of things, and the Separation client code doesn't need to be rebuilt.


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