Lara down

Lara went down in the early hours of the morning for as yet unknown reasons. Web pages are no longer being served, ftp access has ceased and I am unable to gain access via SSH. No outages on the ISP have been advertised or since reported, so I can only assume that a power cut or surge has taken out the box, and it failed to switch back on after the power was restored, and is hence now in an off and unreachable state.

I will continue to try to establish a connection via SSH in the next 24 hours, but if this fails then it seems likely that Lara will be offline until I return to Leeds and restart her. I will be returning very soon after Easter. Apologies to all who need access for work purposes, but unfortunately I am unable to rectify this situation remotely. A backup of all mission critical data was take early yesterday evening, so in the event of a more critical failure I will be able to restore data on my return to Leeds.

UPDATE: It seems there has been quite a large powercut in one part of Leeds, and the power remains out as we speak. This is not in the same area as Lara, but a surge may have caused the box to go down. Either way it looks like Lara will be down until I return to Leeds and restart her.


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  1. gary Said,

    April 4, 2006 @ 5:09 pm

    did it have a surge protector between it and the mains?

    it’s surprising how many power cuts there are considering how ‘stable’ power supplies are supposed to be.

    i suppose the only safe option is a ‘ups’, but thats going down an expensive route unfortunately.

  2. Kieran Said,

    April 4, 2006 @ 6:03 pm

    Yes, it did have a surge protector, so it will be ok, its just a pain because I have to wait literally weeks before I can restart it. Its just a shame, as you say, that UPS devices are not that bit cheaper.

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