The server is dead, long live the new server
The heat a few weeks ago was too much for my SS5/170, at least fornthe two Seagate drives. I was greeted on my return from visitingnfriends over the 4th of July weekend by I/O errors during my nightlyncron jobs. The drive containing the root slice showed intermittentnerrors. The data drive, which I had unmounted a couple of weeks beforen(I didn't need the space anymore), was offline. Fortunately, I hadnmade backups a few days before. Other than the errors from thatnweekend, everything kept humming so I had time to plan thenreplacement.
This afternoon I brought it down and discovered that my intendednspare was no good. After some appropriate profanity, I committed thendisks to the trash and looked around for another Sparc. My U60, whichnI had been using to play with Solaris and NetBSD- it's great compilingnthings on such a fast machine- was otherwise idle so I moved it fromnmy desk to the rack and whipped out the OpenBSD CDs. An hour later Inhad it up and running with all the old content restored.
It's massive overkill for hosting this static vanity site. One nicenthing is that it's blissfully quiet compared to the wailing of thenSS5. I have to scrounge up another disk drive for the SPARCstation andnbring that back up to resume it's duties. Probably after I get backnfrom vacation.