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Latest changes over at zompist.com:

Sadly, the page on where to score French comics has been removed, because I don’t know any more. The info was about 15 years out of date and I’m not able to buy them anyway.

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This is to catch anyone who hasn’t been looking at the ZBB lately because it’s been full of errors.

I’m going to move the board to a new host, in stages.  The first stage is to set up the board on a new host, which is done.  You can get there at

http://www.verduria.org

To sign up you’ll need a code, which is 676.

Anything you post there is temporary and liable to go away. That’s because the plan is to back up the database from the old ZBB, copy it to the new host, and point the new board at it.  If all goes well, all the old users and posts will come over with it.

(If it doesn’t, plan B is to keep the old data around for some period.)

I wanted to at least get a temporary board up so people can post things without annoyance.

At some point soon, I will have to take the old board down to back it up.  So if it’s down in the next few days, that’s why.

For anyone who thinks to check here… yes, the ZBB is having problems, I know, and I’ve submitted a ticket with Dreamhost.

(Basically you can look at most threads, but not all, and you can’t post at all.  I can’t log in as admin so I can’t even put an alert over there.)

More bulletins when I know more (also on Twitter).

Edit: Looks like it’s fixed.  Dreamhost, with moderate usefulness, told me I should optimize the database and maybe repair tables.  They suggested phpMyAdmin, which didn’t work. But their page also suggested using SSH, and that worked.

The problem may have been intermittent, I can’t tell, but I can say that I couldn’t post yesterday and now I can. So in good IT tradition I’m going to close this up as resolved.

Edit: Fixed for now.  (Downgraded to a php version that worked.  Everything will have to be upgraded again at a later date.)

Dreamhost ‘upgraded’ the phpbb on my domains today, which broke the Almeopedia and, even more annoyingly, the ZBB.

The symptom: logins don’t work.  They give some cryptic messages, and you get a success message, but when you return to the main page you are not actually logged in.

If you’re already logged in, it seems to work OK, so don’t log out. If you’re logged out, you’re out of luck, for now.

I’ve complained to Dreamhost, so hopefully they will fix things tomorrow.

Good question!  It sure looks like it’s been hacked.  Trying to contact DreamHost to see if it can be fixed.

Edit: It was just me, thanks to a bug from AT&T.  We lost phone and internet connection, and AT&T puts in a cookie that attempts to do a redirect, and fails.

The ZBB is back.

This is probably not a permanent solution— it’s a trick!  I’m pointing from a new clean phpBB to the old database.  Somewhat to my surprise, this works.

Well, the good news is that the new domain works and phpBB has been installed.

The bad news is that the database update failed.  I started from phpBB’s backup feature, which produces a database dump of an impressive 42M.  phpBB itself barfs on the file.  And so does phpMyAdmin, which says it’s too big.  And BigDump doesn’t run.

If anyone knows how to do this, I’d appreciate some advice.  (I mean, someone who’s actually done this; I know how to Google too.)  This is on Dreamhost by the way.

(The backup plan is to start with an empty board, but it’d be nice to do better than that.)

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