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Just the facts ma'am about upgrades and downtime

The web server went down about 20 minutes ago due to a security measure Linode had suddenly applied to a neighbouring node. It’s running again now, sorry for the convenience.

Received an alert from Linode that they’ve taken down the VPS host running the database server for emergency maintenance, which means the website and API aren’t working right now.

It’s unrelated to Player FM’s database server (the host runs many other websites and databases too) and out of my control unfortunately, but they’ve assured me it will be back soon. I’m monitoring the situation.

There will be a short period of downtime this Thursday 7:30am (UK time) for a major upgrade to the database and web server. Estimated downtime 10-20 minutes.

This upgrade brings a playlist capacity to the server, which will enable many features people have been asking for, such as syncing Play Later list across devices and the web. I’ll be able to start adding those features after this upgrade has taken place.

Expect about 2 hours downtime starting 1am PST.

I’ll be switching to a new database server tomorrow. It has more capacity to keep data in memory and is overall larger in terms of storage. It’s also a switch to a more recent OS version of Ubuntu and migration from MySQL to MariaDB, which will also help with performance.

There’s a performance issue with episodes right now, which is causing some delays with feed fetching. Currently working to resolve this.

I’m currently upgrading the search server to deal with more episodes. Please browse for now and search will be back later today.

I am about to commence an infrastructure upgrade which may cause small periods of downtime.

I’ve been working on this upgrade for the past few weeks and it’s primarily aiming to deal with the increased feeds Player FM is indexing. This became necessary especially after Reader shut down, with many people importing their OPMLs.

The upgrade should reduce the feed update lag from an average of several hours to just a few minutes. It’s based on receiving direct notifications from the feeds when they update, instead of periodically polling them. This means that even as more feeds are added, the update lag should remain just a few minutes.

Database will be down for maintenance during this time. Mobile app will continue to work as usual, but without any updates or lookups during that time.

All Player FM servers are running on faster kit after last night’s upgrade, but I still need to do some further database tuning. Will be down for a couple more hours now.

Update: This is complete. There was a corrupt episode record which means I had to restore a previous backup; the latest episodes are now being re-fetched.

I will be performing a server upgrade to deal with increased load in past months and preparing for further load when the mobile app is launched.

I expect the servers to be down from 3-5:30am.