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Terrasync onFail

Postby polly » Mon Feb 12, 2024 12:52 pm

@merspieler ( Just a heads up ) This am I'm seeing a bunch of Terrasync fails, the urls look like your server, Tks
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Re: Terrasync onFail

Postby merspieler » Mon Feb 12, 2024 2:31 pm

Thanks, I'm already aware of this.
Starting around 1500UTC on saturday all my DNS entries, including the NS entry disappeared which means as of right now I don't have control over the domain and can't fix the DNS resolution.
I'm working on both restoring the existing domain as well as getting a new one. As of right now, I'm waiting to hear back for both.
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Re: Terrasync onFail

Postby david.megginson » Mon Feb 12, 2024 4:14 pm

Thanks, Nia, for all of your work helping to make the TerraSync data available.

I also maintain a site that people use as infrastructure — ourairports.com — and I know what a s***show it is when something goes unexpectedly and weirdly wrong, and your inbox starts filling up with polite (and sometimes, not-so-polite) alerts from users, typically at the worst possible time (e.g. when you're on vacation or in the hospital).

My advice is to take a big breath, remember to care for yourself, go slow, and trust that it will come out OK in the end. We'll all be fine for a while, and can stick to flying around areas where the scenery is already downloaded. As they say in the airline safety briefings "Put on your own mask before assisting other passengers."

As for the rest of us, we need to figure out a way to make this key FlightGear infrastructure more robust and sustainable, because right now it's a lot like this oft-quoted comic:

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Re: Terrasync onFail

Postby merspieler » Mon Feb 12, 2024 4:28 pm

Thanks for your words David.... yes, that day wasn't good... less cause of the DNS stuff tho, that just came on top.

Also... yes, that xkcd is awesome and unfortunately in too many cases just too accurate.

Well... for robustness and sustainability I see two ways
* Going back to the topic of getting donations so we can afford more hosting, this would mean "advertising" the fact that we're collecting donations, something the core team was opposed in the past.
* Using torrent! I suggested that some years ago. Yes it has its issues with ISPs blocking it and stuff... but like... it works for other things (see peertube for example, it's not torrent but same principle). With torrent every running client could serve the area it already has. Using multiple public tracker would eliminate our stuff breaking affecting the working in any way. I've done a POC in the past to confirm that it can work.

I guess, I'll just... sit back and drink tea!
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Re: Terrasync onFail

Postby merspieler » Wed Feb 14, 2024 2:29 pm

Okay, short update, my registrar is in serious trouble, we will probably not get the domain back.
We're seeking out other options.
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Re: Terrasync onFail

Postby wkitty42 » Wed Feb 14, 2024 2:44 pm

are you talking about the merspieler.tk domain? i see it is still showing up in the terrasync mirrors list...
have they said how they it?

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nvm... i see the problem... it is pretty much the same one that plagued all free domain name providers... ugh...
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Re: Terrasync onFail

Postby merspieler » Wed Feb 14, 2024 2:51 pm

Yes, it's in the mirror list... cause they haven't gotten removed.
Well there are 2 ways, 1) we get a new domain (depends on quite a few factors how long that will take) 2) our mirrors get a flightgear.org subdomain, just like ukmirror does, that wouldn't help me but would get them online in a day or two

also... yes, free domain names... we wouldn't have an issue to pay for them (even tho we think it's a scam to lease a domain for those prices when you get basically nothing in return (assuming you don't use their DNS server which we do)). The reason why we don't want a payed domain name is cause that leaks our private information.
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Re: Terrasync onFail

Postby helijah » Thu Feb 15, 2024 7:05 am

Courage to you! This type of problem is unfortunately recurring and often because of people trying to make money at the expense of others :( They cannot or do not want to understand that people are willing to share their knowledge and skills for free. It's sad. We are wholeheartedly with you. We will wait.
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Re: Terrasync onFail

Postby merspieler » Sat Feb 17, 2024 4:41 pm

Torsten added subdomains for our mirrors, so at least the mirrors are running now...
Just our own stuff isn't back up yet.
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