Lessons from an Apache Update and a Molar

Lessons from an Apache Update and a Molar




For the past couple of days, I’ve been visiting my new dentist and had half a dozen of my teeth filled with dental amalgam. I wasn’t planning for it actually but since my younger brother had 9 of his being done, I also took the chair. Apparently, the dentist suggested that both of my molars at the far back are beyond repair so they had to be extracted. Thinking it was a necessary move, I agreed and now I’m suffering from terrible pain as I write this. *ouch* I actually fell asleep right after my 5PM appointment due to the quesiness brought about by the pain and taste of blood in my mouth.

3rd molar

I shouldn’t have settled with the fillings and left that molar alone. Too late now.


 

The other day, I woke up very early in the morning (4:30AM) and found there were alerts in all the servers indicating that we should update Apache to the latest stable version (1.3.36) to avoid security risks. I fired up two of the servers to update and recompile Apache without much funfare. I scheduled the rest of the servers for the following night to avoid the peak hours.

Problems trickled in during the day and before I knew it, bugs cropped up left and right. Again, my mistake for not reading the cPanel forums and waiting a couple more days to get feedback from other server providers regarding the new update. Too late. Good thing I didn’t update all of them at the same time or else we’d be swamped with support tickets.

Oh, well. All in a days work. If it ain’t broke, don’t fix it.



Abe is the founder and Editor-in-Chief of YugaTech. You Can follow him on Twitter @abeolandres.

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3 Responses

  1. gary says:

    i can only imagine the hassle of handling a bunch of webservers. 24/7 stress.

  2. Alwell says:

    hehehe yugs. ours went smoothly. at least 2 of them. The third one has some corruption fortunately the down time is not that long.

  3. Migs says:

    So, to use the American expression…

    upgrading is like having your teeth pulled!

    Congrats.

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