DNS fail

A few hours ago, our DNS provider shut down our account, affecting all services on Gitorious.org. We renewed the service, and all services should be operational again.

We actually renewed the service (and paid for it) about a month ago, and they messed up. This affected all of us, and we’re really sorry about any troubles this may have caused. Obviously, if you’re looking for a DNS provider, I’ll be happy to give some advise on one you should avoid at any cost. Expect the name servers for Gitorious.org to change really soon.

After the service came back up, there was a small timeframe where the frontpage of Gitorious.org would cause a 500 error; users adding our IP to their hosts file saw the same. This was due to the fact that we fetch the RSS feed for this blog and present it on the Gitorious.org frontpage. Naturally, this blog was affected by the same issue.

Right over new year’s we’ll move our DNS services, and move one of our domain names to another DNS provider, as a backup if we should get DNS issues again. We’ll post a follow-up here telling about this once it’s done.

Now for some good news: right over new year’s Gitorious will be staffed by two full-time employees. We’re anxious to tell you all about it, and even more anxious to get to work. Expect some great stuff to happen at Gitorious.org in 2011.

For now: Merry christmas, and again: sorry about today’s trouble.


  1. Posted December 30, 2010 at 5:04 pm | Permalink

    This sounds good. It’s an excelent service and it deserves just more love :)

    I hope to see gitorious migrated to Rails3 soon.

    Keep up the good work.

  2. Posted January 3, 2011 at 6:43 am | Permalink

    Gabriel, I agree. Gitorious is due for a Rails 3 migration, and that will be one of the things we’ll be working with. There’s actually been done quite a bit of work on it already (by August Lilleaas), however, the routing stuff is non-trivial to upgrade. We’ll figure it out, though :)

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