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Phred (5358)

Phred
  fredNO@SPAMtaperfriendlymusic.org
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Fred is a Perl and PostgreSQL geek. He has made some very small contributions to a few cpan modules and mod_perl.

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Thursday October 09, 2008
04:43 AM

Anticlimactic Releases

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I've been working on a system that requires exceptionally high uptime. As such, making major releases takes a couple weeks of testing and preparation. I usually end up doing these releases at 2 am; they are fully automated and things almost always go off without a hitch.

It is somewhat anticlimactic though - there is a 30 second service interruption while perlbal and mod_perl shut down, the postgresql database is upgraded in place, and then perlbal and mod_perl start up again. So all of my work is done upfront; reminds me of the scene from the movie "Lost in Space" where the Jupiter One is ready to launch, and the pilot says "And the monkey pushes the button."

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