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November 10, 2003

I'm Up. You Should Be, Too

The only thing worse than waking up to an emergency page at 2:10 in the morning is to still be awake and wrestling with the problem an hour later.

And the sad thing, as far as I can tell, is that there's nothing I can do about the problem but wait for someone else to fix it. It's not a problem with the application, or the server that it resides on. Rather, the section of the Andrews File System it is pointing at has seemingly disappeared.

If you are a Windows user, think of the Andrews File System as a big directory tree. If you're a UNIX user, do the same thing. Some of the folders in the tree are files, though they may be stored across any number of computers. Some of the folders are computers, and a few are entire other campuses. From where I'm sitting, I can see Duke, N.C. State, and either North Dakota or Notre Dame. Some folks think that AFS will eventually be part of a global filesystem, but it's not there yet.

The UNC portion is hosted on ten or eleven big honkin' servers. I'm not sure of the number, since it's all run by a separate group within my department, and one of them has started to degrade. I called the control center, they woke up the on-call person in that group, and he woke up his boss, than called me to let me know they're toubleshooting the problem.

So at least I'm not the only one up at this ungodly hour.

3:30 Update: I can tell they started working on it. A whole bunch of my other services just gave up the ghost, including php.unc.edu, the NC Law Review site that TarHeelPundit worked so hard on, Coldfusion, onyen services, and one of the www.unc.edu boxes. It's too bad I can't link to the monitor page--it's really very colorful right now.

5:06 Update: On the plus side, I'm getting a lot of reading done.

Posted by Bigwig at November 10, 2003 03:15 AM | TrackBack
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Reading this, I thought, "Hey! Isn't it Andrew, not Andrews? I remember that striking me as odd when I first heard about AFS..."

Sure enough, I think I was right, and it is Andrew File System, not Andrews.

I'm such a geek. (And this post is meant to show that, and provide trivia knowledge, rather than as a rebuke or anything like that, just to make sure.)

Posted by: Sigivald at November 10, 2003 05:57 PM

Yep, "Andrews" beats "Andrew" by some 16,000 results in a google war.

In my defense, it was 3 in the morning. :)

Posted by: bigwig at November 10, 2003 06:03 PM
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