Server Deployments – Recap
As noted in part 1 of this week’s update, there were no deployments to either the Main (SLS) or RC channels in week #42. This means there will be no deployment to the Main channel in week #43 (week commencing Monday, October 19th).
The RC deployment planned for week #42 was ultimately postponed pending further work.
Week #43 RC Deployment
The deployment originally planned for week #42 is now targeted for deployment on Wednesday, October 21st. It will include the server-side updates intended to help prevent attachment links in group notifications from going stale. However, as per the first part of this week’s report (see link above), because it is also believed that there are some viewer-side issues causing these problems, the update might not fix all situation where an attachment to a group notice fails to open when viewed in the incoming notification.
The reason for the late postponement of the release in week #42 was because the Lab wasn’t entirely happy with aspects of the update, and as a result of recent issues in attempting to deploy some server-side improvements to inventory handling which lead to unanticipated side-effects, caution won the day.
This RC release may also incorporate a server-side update to prevent the uploading of “hacked” mesh content (e.g. mesh items which show a LI of 1 no matter what their actual complexity, or which spoof a creator’s name).
The Notification RC viewer updated to version 188.8.131.525981 on Wednesday, October 14th, following the promotion of the Maintenance viewer to the de facto release viewer. This release adds a further set of fixes to the viewer:
- [Notice] Hard to operate with notification window control
- [Project Notice] Links on the 1st line of a group notice message are sometimes not clickable.
- [Project Notice] Images shouldn’t be displayed in notification titles
- [Project Notice] Text overlapping in group invites with non-default group role.
European Connection Issues
Thursday, October 15th saw a DNS issue upstream of Second Life impact users in Europe, and notably The Netherlands, preventing people from logging-in to SL and from accessing web properties such as secondlife.com and the Marketplace, etc. The situation occurred as the Lab were also carrying out some unscheduled maintenance on the grid, prompting them to update the original Grid Status report with news on the DNS issue:
[Updated 4:27 PM PDT, 15 October 2015] We’ve received confirmation from our upstream provider that a widespread DNS outage is impacting parts of Europe, including the Netherlands, and possibly other regions. We’re monitoring the situation and will report on developments.