Wow, the migration of the offline storage from file to database did take very long. I thought one or two hours are enough. No, the scripts ran for 10 hours. Therefore the Jabber/XMPP services were offline for about 10 hours, from ~10:30 pm CEST yesterday to 8:50 am CEST today. We are very sorry about that. Good news: No more big downtimes are planned in the near future.
We need to convert the Prosody offline storage to the new database format. Therefore we need to take the server down. This will happen at between 10 and 11 pm CEST today.
This will affect Jabber itself and all transport services, and also this website. And it will take place during the next 24 to 48 hours. Please be patient and expect some service outages. We changed the TTL of our DNS zones to 1 minute but nevertheless it could be that your client still looks for the old server. You might need to relogin to the Internet and/or restart your client.
We will be back here when everything is moved. Until then you also can reach us on Twitter, where a link to this post will also be posted.
The three transports finally work again. Thank you for your patience.
The other transports like SMS, Disk and JMC will follow asap. Please stay tuned.
All Spectrum based transports (ICQ, MSN, AIM, Yahoo, GG…) are up and running again for half a day now. For a complete list see the sidebar widget on the right side of the webpage.
There is still a lot of work to do, we will keep you posted.
Ok, the main virtual host jabber.hot-chilli.net and all private virtual hosts moved to the new server today. Also the website and the transport data.
“Transport data” because the transports itself do not run, yet. We need some help from Spectrum maintainers – maybe there is something basicly wrong with the new config files or Spectrum 2 is still too buggy. We will see. Until then please stay tuned and be patient – we do not want to have the transports offline for a long time, but it can take some days.
Also Prosody is having some issues on which we are working hard, especially the maintainer of Prosody, MattJ. Our server is having a lot of load, also “crazy” users ;-) and a Debian system which seems to create more problems with Prosody than other Linux distributions. So if the Jabber server itself is offline from time to time in the next days, we are working on it.