As sent to Mechanipus-hosted game admins:
Two major things:
First, the primary server most of you are on (Kuramori) needs to undergo
a migration operation ASAP. I'm scheduling this for around mid-day
(US-time) tomorrow (Thursday, 6 December 2017). Services (mush,
database, webhosting, shell access, etc) will be completely offline
during the duration of this move, which may take several hours.
No data is lost or in any immediate danger, but physical hardware
problems necessitate this move to ensure we have reliable backups.
(Blessed are the pessimists, for we take backups, etc.)
Kuramori should return to operating status afterward all by itself, but
I anticipate that mushes linking against truly antique libraries may not
restart without a recompile. Please understand: this is 2017 and
Kuramori is a 64bit Debian environment; some of you are still running
binaries compiled on ISU. It's easier to recompile and relink than
continue to maintain binary compatibility, so that's what we'll be
I'll be around to recompile or assist with other restart operations as
needed; my Discord id for those of you using that sort of setup is
Chime#3134. Contacting me there is fine, but keep in mind that I do
have a job and extensive help requires extensive time. Hangouts, email,
etc. is fine too.
Second, it's become apparent that Mechanipus is much less an essential
component of the MUSHing community than it was; there are a multitude of
low-cost hosting services and VM providers that are a much better fit
for most users.
As a result, Mechanipus will be closing.
Mushes will be permanently halted and web services suspended on 15
January 2018. Two weeks later, at the end of January, I will be doing
the final removal of accounts, data, and likely decommissioning Kuramori
I strongly suggest moving to a new provider as soon as you are able.
You may need to find codestaff to help you; I do not have the time or
energy for such an undertaking, but I'm happy to advise other hosting
providers that are stepping up to the plate.
Please do not:
- Ask me to fix your wiki.
- Ask me to export your mush, sql, wiki data, images, etc.
- Ask me to Continue hosting "just this one thing."
- Panic. Really; you have weeks to get yourself sorted out, just start now.
Thank you for your time and effort over these years to keep our hobby
alive. I've delayed this announcement until another unrelated problem
(see above) has required an outage. After the outage, I will get things
back online, but please do remember that the End is approaching.