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Hey everyone,

You'll have noticed a lot of server errors - 500s and 404s today.

This is because I'm hitting memory caps on my shared hosting and their procwatch daemon is literally killing of processes from barrens.chat all the time.

I am currently in the process of moving the site to a managed VPS with more RAM for the moment to give some breathing room whilst I debug where this high memory usage is coming from.

The site may go down completely for a bit and I don't really know when this will happen either - but don't worry - I have everything backed up including the database.

Really sorry it's been a shitty experience for you today, doing my best to bring things back under control.

Your boy Teeb
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We're on the VPS now.

There's hundreds of 35.x.x.x Google Cloud IP addresses hitting the site a lot at the moment which is what may have caused the spike in memory leading to the failures earlier. So not really a RAM issue due to real traffic, more to do with whatever the fuck this bot or person is trying to do to the site. It's not a security concern because I've talked with the sysadmins and they say they'd see that and haven't yet.

If they're still there tomorrow morning I'll consider block IP banning that range (have been advised that if it is a google managed IP range this won't affect anyone legitimate trying to access the site).

Anyway it's 2am here so I have to go to sleep.

Please guys if you carry on experiencing any issues LET ME KNOW HERE so that I can look into it more tomorrow. Any 500 errors 'page not found' or any of that crap from earlier today let me know.
Another update, looks like a DDoS attack. Why someone would want to deny service to this place is beyond me, really.

Going to get some sleep now (I mean it this time lol), hosts are aware. Might have to get cloudflare up tomorrow or something.

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Ha! Was just about to report this.

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The requested post could not be found.

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We need a custom 5XX error-page. Something that says/looks like the wow login-queue.

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Welp, looks like we're hitting memory limits. I've been expecting this - may have to move to a new server boys.

Dreamhost wrote:Thank you for reaching out to us on Twitter, I wanted to follow up with
you here.

I took a look at your server and see what was causing the 500, 404 and
latency issues you are reporting. Looking into your error logs, I'm
showing a bunch of premature end of script headers, specifically for
viewtopic.php.

[Wed May 29 10:23:36 2019] [error] [client 34.90.112.229] Premature end
of script headers: viewtopic.php

After further investigation, your site is hitting procwatch for excessive
memory usage for a total of 14730 times.

Wed May 29 11:04:24 2019 procwatch3 INFO: PID 20079 (php71.cgi)
thobru14:pg9280716 - 44.7MB ram, 3.66 sec cpu: killed for uid ram (total
1148.8 exceeds limit 500.0; score -44.66)

The below information is the number of times the files or directories are
being called/visited the most:

<lots of blablabla>

Since it appears that you have a significant amount of traffic to your
site, I would highly suggest moving your site to a VPS to help with
performance and stability. I would recommend at least a 2GB RAM VPS.

https://www.dreamhost.com/hosting/vps/

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Time to start running ads, teebs!

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Escalotes wrote:
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Time to start running ads, teebs!
Ewww... never.

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Check out Scaleway. They have the simplicity of DigitalOcean but the prices are much better.

https://www.scaleway.com/en/pricing/

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Alright guys I'm trialling a month of VPS with Dreamhost to see if 1GB RAM is enough. You may see a blackout as the transfer happens (and when this happens I don't know).

If not I'm going to have to do some serious debugging for memory usage.

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Update:

We're on the VPS now.

There's hundreds of 35.x.x.x Google Cloud IP addresses hitting the site a lot at the moment which is what may have caused the spike in memory leading to the failures earlier. So not really a RAM issue due to real traffic, more to do with whatever the fuck this bot or person is trying to do to the site. It's not a security concern because I've talked with the sysadmins and they say they'd see that and haven't yet.

If they're still there tomorrow morning I'll consider block IP banning that range (have been advised that if it is a google managed IP range this won't affect anyone legitimate trying to access the site).

Anyway it's 2am here so I have to go to sleep.

Please guys if you carry on experiencing any issues LET ME KNOW HERE so that I can look into it more tomorrow. Any 500 errors 'page not found' or any of that crap from earlier today let me know.

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Thanks for working your ass off so the rest of us can continue to argue :P ... but seriously, get some rest man. You've earned it.

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Another update, looks like a DDoS attack. Why someone would want to deny service to this place is beyond me, really.

Going to get some sleep now (I mean it this time lol), hosts are aware. Might have to get cloudflare up tomorrow or something.

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teebling wrote:
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Another update, looks like a DDoS attack. Why someone would want to deny service to this place is beyond me, really.

Going to get some sleep now (I mean it this time lol), hosts are aware. Might have to get cloudflare up tomorrow or something.
Are you positive it isn't just Googlebot or something else crawling the site?

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@teebling Have a donation page with special ranks. like 4 tiers. $5 Tier 1, $10 Tier 2 and so on. I'd gladly donate to help keep this site a float and to get a cool rank/image near my name.

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acrmojt wrote:
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teebling wrote:
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Another update, looks like a DDoS attack. Why someone would want to deny service to this place is beyond me, really.

Going to get some sleep now (I mean it this time lol), hosts are aware. Might have to get cloudflare up tomorrow or something.
Are you positive it isn't just Googlebot or something else crawling the site?
Yep - Googlebot has a unique IP and even has an account in barrens chat. It crawls conservatively as per robots.txt - this is certainly not google’s web crawler it’s someone abusing their commercial cloud like a botnet.

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Knoxtane wrote:
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@teebling Have a donation page with special ranks. like 4 tiers. $5 Tier 1, $10 Tier 2 and so on. I'd gladly donate to help keep this site a float and to get a cool rank/image near my name.
Yeah if you need Help with the Cost i and i think some others will help.

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Maybe a Patreon page to alleviate monthy server / maintenance cost. I think ot would be fair if community could contribute to keeping this site functional and ad-free.

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Throw us some ads!

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Glad to see its fixed, had the issue other day. Wasn't sure if had to clean cookies/cache cause i remember seeing a thread mention we have to do that for here iirc

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Looks like the website had its own type of 'stress test' :confused:

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