waxworlds.org 2017-12-12T00:00:01 http://www.waxworlds.org/news/feed/atom waxworlds.org http://www.waxworlds.org/ <![CDATA[Spamassassin]]> http://www.waxworlds.org/news/2017-12-12 2017-12-12T00:00:01 Apologies for any spam received over the past couple of days. Due to a power failure, oak was restarted and Spamassassin didn't come back up. It is now running again and the issue preventing it restarting is resolved. I will be monitoring it next time oak restarts.

waxworlds.org http://www.waxworlds.org/ <![CDATA[Procmail fixed]]> http://www.waxworlds.org/news/2017-10-28 2017-10-28T00:00:01 There was an issue on mail.waxworlds.org that was preventing procmail from running. This is now fixed.

Procmail is probably configured, amongst other things, to send your mail to SpamAssassin to be checked. So appologies to those of you who were receiving more spam.

waxworlds.org http://www.waxworlds.org/ <![CDATA[Scheduled maintenance]]> http://www.waxworlds.org/news/2017-10-22 2017-10-22T00:00:01 oak.waxworlds.org will be down for approximately 30 minutes on the evening of Tuesday 24th October somewhere between 7pm and 11pm whilst work is carried out on electrical systems.

This will briefly affect mail.

Update: oak is now down... [2017-10-24 9:00pm]

Update: oak is back. All maintenance is finished. [2017-10-24 9:22pm]

waxworlds.org http://www.waxworlds.org/ <![CDATA[SSH password two-factor authentication]]> http://www.waxworlds.org/news/2017-10-04 2017-10-04T00:00:01 Anyone SSH-ing in to theor accounts on oak.waxworlds.org with a password will now also find that they need to enter a verification code in addition to their password.

We're using Google Authenticator (which is a procedure to perform time-based one-time password authentication, not a Google service).

If you use SSH with keys, these will continue to work as before. Two-factor authentication is only used alongside password authentication.

Users wanting to be able to SSH in with a password will need to either

  1. contact me, and I will set up a secret key for your account, or

  2. run google-authenticator from the command line on oak to set it up for themselves. The command will generate your secret key, ask you a few questions and then save a local ~/.google_authenticator configuration file.

You will probably want to install the Google Authenticator app on your phone/tablet/watch (it is free/libre and open source and available on F-Droid). There are also several other FOSS OTP authenticator apps that are compatible.

waxworlds.org http://www.waxworlds.org/ <![CDATA[Server update]]> http://www.waxworlds.org/news/2017-07-31 2017-07-31T00:00:01 oak and ash have both been updated to latest stable version of Debian (stretch). This should mark a big improvement over the software that was running on them, which was becoming quite dated.

As a result, several services have been affected by the update and have required some maintenance. These are:

  • Web services
  • MySQL
  • Matrix
  • mail (and spam filtering)
  • SSH
  • XMPP (jabber)

Outstanding issues are:

  • The XMPP server is down and will require some work to fix.

I will update below as and when problems are resolved. If you notice anything awry, please let me know immediately.

UPDATE: Web services are working again (they were only down briefly) [2017-07-31]

UPDATE: MySQL has been migrated to Maria and there was briefly an authentication, which has been resolved. [2017-07-31]

UPDATE: The Matrix server is now working again. [2017-07-31]

UPDATE: Mail is working again and should start to come through. No mail should have been lost. [2016-07-31]

UPDATE: The issue with SSH keys has been resolved. [2016-08-01]

UPDATE: The remaining issue with URL rewriting has been resolved. [2016-08-01]

UPDATE: The spam filter (spamassassin) works again. [2016-08-01]

waxworlds.org http://www.waxworlds.org/ <![CDATA[Matrix server]]> http://www.waxworlds.org/news/2017-07-03 2017-07-03T00:00:01 The matrix server, running at matrix.waxworlds.org, will probably be intermittent for a couple of days while I upgrade it.

If anyone isn't using Riot, you can get a client for Android, iOS, the web and your desktop (although the desktop client is a bit shoddy, so I use the website, which integrates well with desktop notifications, sounds, etc).

If you want an account adding at matrix.waxworlds.org, please email me.

waxworlds.org http://www.waxworlds.org/ <![CDATA[Major server failure]]> http://www.waxworlds.org/news/2017-06-15 2017-06-15T00:00:01 oak.waxworlds.org died rather unexpectedly last night. I have not yet had a chance to make a propper analyisys of the problem, but it looks as though the disk might be toast and a complete reinstall might be on the cards.

The upshot of the situation is that mail, jabber and access to the Central network are unavailable until I am able to resolve the problm.

I will update here as things unfolds or when I find out more.

Update: oak has been up and running this evening and has been catching up with mail. All services are restored. However there will be intermittent downtime over the next few days as hardware is replaced. [2017-06-15]

waxworlds.org http://www.waxworlds.org/ <![CDATA[Service disruption to ash]]> http://www.waxworlds.org/news/2016-12-08 2016-12-08T00:00:01 ash.waxworlds.org will be down for maintenance for approximately 1 hour tomorrow evening at 9pm GMT, after which time it will have more RAM.

Update: all done. [2016-12-09]

waxworlds.org http://www.waxworlds.org/ <![CDATA[Service disruption to oak]]> http://www.waxworlds.org/news/2016-12-06 2016-12-06T00:00:01 oak.waxworlds.org will be down for approximately 2 hours tomorrow evening at 6pm GMT while work is undertaken on the power.

Update: work has been completed on schedule. [2016-12-07]

waxworlds.org http://www.waxworlds.org/ <![CDATA[Service disruption to oak]]> http://www.waxworlds.org/news/2016-10-06 2016-10-06T00:00:01 It would appear that our service provider have made a misconfiguration whilst transferring IP addresses to the new DSL (see post for 2016-10-02). As a result, oak is currently down.

Mail and jabber will most notably be affected, although no mail should get lost (it will come through when oak comes back on-line).

Apologies for any inconvenience. I will update as I resolve the issue with our provider.

Update: The issue has now been resolved. All services should be up and running as normal again and mail will no doubt start trickling through again. [2016-10-06]