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At around 11:30am today, our local DNS database became corrupted, causing domain name resolution to fail for local hosts.  This caused a series of cascading failures which rendered most local services unusable.  We restored the database and restarted our name service shortly after noon and all services should be back to normal.  We are ...

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The CS Department mailing list server was down for much of today after an update caused a local misconfiguration.  An update to our Sympa software which was automatically installed overnight broke a local configuration script and caused the service to be unresponsive from around 12:30am this morning until about 7pm this evening.  No messages ...

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The system database was down this morning between 12:25am and 1:40am.  The pgpool proxy server failed on host mallo, which is the backup server but was acting at the time as the primary.  Failing over to the the usual primary server, carvel, restored services.  During this period services which rely upon the database ...

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Mailing List Issues

Some CS mailing list messages were not immediately archived over the weekend of April 29 - May 1.  A filled disk caused archiving of the messages to be delayed.  As we fixed the problem this evening, we inadvertantly caused many of those message to be re-sent, so some users may notice that they received duplicate messages ...

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Tstaff in the Atrium

The technical staff returns to the 4th floor atrium on Monday, April 4th at 3pm.

Each week, we are available to answer questions, solve problems or discuss technology (or anything else) during our "Tstaff in the Atrium" open office hours.  No appointment is necessary.

Time and location varies to accommodate all schedules.  Look for announcements ...

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Tstaff in the Atrium

Once again the technical staff convenes in the 4th floor atrium on Tuesday, March 29th at 3pm.

Each week, we are available to answer questions, solve problems or discuss technology (or anything else) during our "Tstaff in the Atrium" open office hours.  No appointment is necessary.

Time and location varies to accommodate all schedules.  Look ...

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Tstaff in the Atrium

The Technical Staff returns to the 4th floor atrium on Thursday, March 24th at 10am.

Each week, we are available to answer questions, solve problems or discuss technology (or anything else) during our "Tstaff in the Atrium" open office hours.  No appointment is necessary.

Time and location varies to accommodate all schedules.  Look for announcements ...

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Tstaff in the Atrium

For an hour each week, the technical staff is available to answer questions, solve problems or discuss technology (or anything else) during our "Tstaff in the Atrium" open office hours.

In these informal sessions we take a break from the "problem queue" and our ongoing projects and focus our collective attention on whatever interests or ...

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maclab

Responding to the increasing preference for Apple products among the CS community, the mslab this summer gained 24 MacIntosh Minis.  Replacing the Windows machines for which the lab is named, each shares a seat - monitor, keyboard, mouse - with a standard CS Department-issued Linux machine.  Students taking Introduction to Computer Animation (CS125) will be among the ...