Web Server

     Our web server is currently reverted to the software state it was in on October 24th.

     This is because a reboot was required after a software update this morning and upon rebooting it would not come back up.  It didn’t even provide the normal grub menu.

     I attempted to fix this with boot-repair but was unsuccessful.  So I saved the database, so at least we wouldn’t lose work you’ve done on your sites, and restored from backup.

     That too had problems although less severe and I was able to get the site operational.

     I am now in the process of upgrading Ubuntu, after which I’ll upgrade the website and then fix various things that broke.

 

MxLinux

      Nobody has used MxLinux this month at all.  They are preparing a new release but it’s based upon an antique 4.19 kernel and an antique 1.20 version of Mate, and consequently I’ve decided rather than upgrading the machine I am just going to retire it and load some other version of Linux on it.  If anyone WANTS to use MxLinux say something now before it goes away.  If anyone has a favorite they’d like to recommend this is a good time to make your suggestions to support@eskimo.com.

Web Server Maintenance

     I’m going to attempt an upgrade of the web server to Ubuntu 19.10 tonight.  This will include an upgrade to PHP 7.3, however, this is likely to break a few things initially.  If web mail is not working late tonight, be patient.  Typically PHP makes syntactical changes that requires the upgrading of some applications but it is impossible to know which in advance.

     So what I am going to do is take it down for about half an hour this evening to make a current backup in case I can not get all the applications to work with 7.3 and we need to back out.  Like most PHP upgrades, newer versions are faster and therefore preferable if we can get all the applications to work.