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The db hiccup last night ...

By CCP Red Button

Was my fault. After spending a good deal of time yesterday setting up replication of the DB for added data security I foolishly started initial replication of the live DB in my eagerness to see it work. Irresponsible and rash, and the resulting cluster crash was totally avoidable. Therefore I offer this place for you to flame at will.

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The ddos attack on Tuesday

By CCP Red Button

Well, it was a distributed denial of service (ddos) attack but perhaps not of the type we would have expected. That is to say it was not a malicious griefer with a ping script. The week before last we had been troubled by a high stuck rate and numerous user crashes to desktop. Most of them were traced to db performance issues or code bugs.

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Reason for the connection drops today

By CCP Red Button

Hi all! First post here. I am an admin on the Eve cluster. Thought you would be interrested to know why users kept getting dropped at intervals today. Our sql server backups were failing since late yesterday. The db is on a schedule where a full backup is done once per day and transaction log backups in between.

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New TQ Backup restored to the Test server

By CCP Hellmar

We have been tuning the process that takes care of this, as we were forced to due to increased datafile size. We will do a new port early next week (this backup is already a week old), which should require much less manual intervention than this port needed.

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The Finns get it

By CCP Hellmar

Peliversumi gives us 98% The gist of it: """ Quite probably the best game of the year. Truly massive online science fiction game that has a believable universe with intriguing backround story. EVE´s graphics, and more spefically its arcitehcture in ships, space stations and characters is original, daring and most of all: eerily beautiful.

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Anchoring of secure containers

By CCP Hellmar

We have been, for sometime now working on various player owned items in space. These are things like: Mobile refineries, Sentry Guns, Warp Disruptors, Force Field Emitters, Field Assembly Arrays, Docking Bays, etc. To cover deployment, overtaking, destruction and undeployment we have added a new state to all items, anchored.

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Did you know...

By Hilmarie

..that if you put two cups of water in the freezer. One at 90°C and one at 18°C, the 90°C one will freeze faster?

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Extended downtime due to patching

By CCP Hellmar

We discovered a problem with the caching of runtime generated PIL and D3D renderings just before we released the 1162 patch. It was a fix it an obscure problem with WinXP and memory mapped files that cause the error. In the recant of that fix we fumbled and the recanted version contained a CTD which made 1163 and 1164 short lived and until we had 1165 we couldn't start the servers. I offer my apologies and this place for you to vent your frustration with the extension or the patch itself. P.s.

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Blaster Worm

By CCP Hellmar

Have gotten some reports about players blaming EVE for rebooting their system. Some cases involve the Blaster Worm. There have been bonefide cases of EVE rebooting system, through fragile video drivers, we have jumped around most of these cases in 1162.

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Player blog

By CCP Hellmar

Would any one be interested in writing a player blog? It would be a place were players would write about their day to day life in EVE for others to read and comment on. It would be hosted here at the player web site in a similar way as the dev blog. I realise that some live more secret lives than others but I just wanted to know if any one would be interested doing it. If anyone is already doing it, I would be interested in a link to it…

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Extended downtime extended..

By Froggy

As most of you know the extended downtime today is over due, however new estimates show that the EVE cluster should be up and running at 14:00 GMT

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Unscheduled downtime

By CCP Hellmar

Yesterday evening at 23:40 half of the cluster and a switch went offline due to a power-supply failure in one of our cabinets at the hosting center. At 01:00 we rebooted the cluster at half capacity, which was enough to service the players at that time. Power was restored to the cabinet at 05:15 and the rest of the nodes were promptly started to rejoin the cluster. Apart from the 1 hour 20 min total outage between 23:40 and 01:00 this should not have been noticeable. The source of the power fail...

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EVE crashes on startup and viruses

By CCP Hellmar

We have been diagnosing some support incidents were EVE crashes on startup and must be reinstalled to work again. All the cases we have seen so far involve a virus, often Parite. Even though that particular virus usually doesn't manifest its presence in any way, it doesn't cope with EVE and crashes when an infected EVE is run.

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EVE optimized

By CCP Hellmar

Since release we have optimised EVE considerably both in loading and general operations (you might not have noticed as the improvement has been gradual). It is almost coming to the point were people are searching for ways to use all that extra CPU given back by EVE ;-). If you are one of those people you can join us in The Search for EVE.

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Unscheduled downtime 17:00- 17:20 GMT

By CCP Hellmar

Fixed the slots what were only available to NPC corp members. Now all 32 slots should be available at all. Increased rental period from 3 to 5 days, will only affect rentals after the change (old rentals are still 3 days). Gave research slots to players that incorrectly didn't get them on Friday Fixed stored procedure that incorrectly reported a slot not having been used, even though there was a blueprint in it. To the people that have been gaining, loosing, renting slots over the last 4 days, I...

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Lost time

By CCP Hellmar

If you were just about to complete a big copy/research/manufacturing process when the cancellation due to backlog hit on Thursday. You can petition the GMs to add you to the list of cases we are going to fix. We had some problems with constructing a SQL/cursor to detect the cases automatically on a global scale, we are having the GMs gather then up to fix this on a case by case basis.

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Lost blueprints

By CCP Hellmar

There have been some cases were the blueprints are disappearing. The don't actually disappear, they just become invisible. This happens when you install a blueprint in a slot but don't have enough minerals. Players often do this to see mineral requirements. As there aren't enough minerals, no job is created, making it look like the blueprint has disappeared (it's in a slot with no job). In this case there are 2 ways to get it back, cancel the lease of the slot or petition a GM to eject the bluep...

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Slot backlog bills refund

By CCP Hellmar

Slot backlog bills refund As a part of undoing the slot rental being cancelled due to billing backlog, it was decided to refund all backlog bills paid yesterday. I just wanted to share the numbers with you as they are quite interesting. Yesterday 4.508 distinct owners paid backlog bills for 1.370.279.688 ISK in 49.657 transactions, that’s quite a sum.

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