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Site was down — database lost

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Hello all,

Earlier today, while trying to set up a different website with an associated database (for the CDS site — under construction at the moment!), I sadly deleted by mistake the database that served the "main" NFS site.

Thanks to a very old backup, plus the help of Google, which caches most of the pages on the Internet (always amazing me on how much space these guys must have, since they cache 7.5 billion websites), I managed to "rebuild" at least the major articles on the homepage. But I'm sure that quite a lot is missing.

I'm trying to work with the provider which hosts the site (Dreamhost) to see if they have a more recent backup. I'm afraid they might not do backups [i:obktg96g]at all[/i:obktg96g], but we'll see. In the mean time, we'll have to live with a "reduced" version of the website. At least the major articles — about the new covenants for CN, the opening of CN, as well as the judiciary — are back online. What is missing is about 4 months of "history".

Also, most links that might have been made from "the outside" are very likely missing... since those articles changed their URLs. :( Alas, there is not much more that I can do at this stage, except wait, and eventually try to recreate the missing articles from Google cache — but that will have to wait until the next weekend, I'm afraid.

What is even more frustrating is that I had a rather recent backup, since I wanted to "migrate" the NFS site to WordPress... but I lost the script that did the whole "migration magic" (I had it written ages ago), and so, I naturally deleted the backup I worked with as well... ah well... it's always like that!

Sorry. We definitely need someone to start to take care of these things for me — these last months of 16-hours-work per day without rest are creeping on me, and recently I'm making many more mistakes than usually.

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Post by Beathan »

Gwyn --

And there I was whining a couple weeks ago about losing a post. You are doing wonders -- and apparently on no sleep. Thanks for your effort.

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Whew... luckily, I found a much more recent backup, not even a month old, lying around on a storage area, so I've managed to recover all articles... at least the ones that Google Cache showed. The great news is that most of the links to old articles are now supposed to be correct again.

Sometimes I'm lucky :)

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Hooray.

Life once again proves my personal motto -- "It's better to be lucky than smart."

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