My slice is up-and-running, and all major services appear to work, though there’ll doubtless be glitches. Yesterday I updated DNS to point to it, after Richard contacted me to say they’re clearing out the old datacentre over the weekend. This morning, DNS has propagated to my ISP and no doubt much of the ‘net, so next time you contact anything I run, it’ll be on the new slice.
There were a couple of minor panics in setting it up, when things didn’t compile first time. libhtnorm (the backend for AccessValet) was an unexpected scare when it showed a bunch of unresolved C++ symbols. But it turned out to be just the linker that was different, so it worked fine when I explicitly loaded libstdc++.so. Other Site Valet tools required some very minor troubleshooting, but only at a sysop level (no programming). My main fear proved unfounded as mod_validator required nothing more exciting than the latest Xerces package and an OpenSP build with the right options. ApacheTutor also needed some trivial work, to compile mod_xmlns against the expat version installed on the new slice.
I’m still thinking about how best to add a note to pages served, and invite users to report anything that’s broken in the move. Of course I can use mod_publisher to insert a notice, and the stumbling block is to work out the page design with the notice in for each site affected. All my sites need an overhaul anyway.
Anyway, it’s farewell to Openia, who have done a great job hosting the server over several years. A special thanks to them for sponsoring it when WebThing was struggling with no money.