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Database issue

Postby Blink on Wed Aug 31, 2016 5:14 pm

I'm really embarrassed to admit that when trying to backup the database from the forum I in fact restored an old copy by accident. Two years old to precise.

To add insult to injury the daily backups that I presumed had been running all this time (since switching to a new server) have in fact not been running. I've spoken to the host and there is nothing that can be done. The site is run on a dedicated plan so it's not their responsibility.

I know the forums have been quieter over the last few years so no major site content has gone missing but I appreciate two years of posts is still a lot. Rest assured I feel incredibly stupid to have made such a newbie error.

I'm really sorry

If posts are needed there should be some of the recent ones on the web archive - https://web.archive.org/web/20160325064658/http://www.interlopers.net/forum/
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Re: Database issue

Postby GreenPepper on Wed Aug 31, 2016 6:51 pm

Mistakes happen, I don't blame you, but two years is still a lot. You host this site for free of charge, so I don't think anyone else here will blame you either. In fact, this incident has probably affected you a lot more than anyone else here. Regardless, several help topics have been lost. I couldn't find any mirrored posts on archive.org either, so it would seem that this information has been lost for good.

No need to apologize further though, the best thing you can do for now onwards is to make sure that frequent backups are made and that multiple versions are stored, so something like this is a lot less likely to happen again. What matters is not so much that you made a critical error, but that you learn from the error and are willing to make the appropriate adjustments in response to it. Even though this data loss will probably lead to a hit in the morale on this site, this domain is still a popular hub for developers and as such will still be sought out for by people in need of assistance.

Although, I would recommend that you change your signature to something less profane, not a complaint, just a suggestion.
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Re: Database issue

Postby Blink on Wed Aug 31, 2016 7:17 pm

A combination of bad luck and my own incompetence. I feel terrible, rest assured.

And yes, that signature came back
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Re: Database issue

Postby MaK on Wed Aug 31, 2016 7:39 pm

Simon, how could you

I can't believe you've done this



Edit: For what it's worth, the web archive cached a lot of posts.
https://web.archive.org/web/20160325064658/http://www.interlopers.net/forum/
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Re: Database issue

Postby Blink on Wed Aug 31, 2016 7:56 pm

Good find
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Re: Database issue

Postby skoften on Wed Aug 31, 2016 11:54 pm

Would you be open to artificially generate threads and posts using archive.org as a source? I could write a script that crawls their latest capture.

Edit: nvm - seems that archive.org doesnt actually save *everything* so it would be highly inaccurate.
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Re: Database issue

Postby Armageddon on Thu Sep 01, 2016 1:37 am

Is interlopers kill?
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Re: Database issue

Postby Gary on Tue Sep 06, 2016 12:19 am

That sucks. But shit happens.
Have a question related to modding or something I posted? Something that needs staff attention? I haven't been active lately, but feel free to PM me or message me on Steam(link below)

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Re: Database issue

Postby LordDz on Mon Sep 12, 2016 4:21 pm

Yay we can post again!

Really thought the database message would display for at least a year..
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Re: Database issue

Postby ScarT on Thu Sep 15, 2016 9:28 am

Any idea how many tutorials this took out?
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Re: Database issue

Postby MaK on Sat Sep 17, 2016 8:53 pm

ScarT wrote:Any idea how many tutorials this took out?

According to the web archive, zero.
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Re: Database issue

Postby SlappyBag on Mon Oct 03, 2016 1:15 pm

Wooo!
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Re: Database issue

Postby Garrador on Fri Oct 21, 2016 10:02 pm

Somewhat dramatic - bad loss tho, shit happens.
You click on Build or type
make (or some equivalent), and you are astonished, then mortified, as you realize that the whole world is being
recompiled and relinked!
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