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Mon, 23 May 2011

Why mozilla.debian.net is down

Those Debian users (including myself) who use the Debian Mozilla Team APT archive at http://mozilla.debian.net for newer versions of Iceweasel and Icedove (aka Firefox and Thunderbird) may have noticed that the archive has been down for at least three (if not more) days.

While this is not exactly comforting to users, the reason, via Mike Hommey’s site (originally from the Debian User Forum) and according to the Debian Infrastructure Announce mailing list is a comprehensive upgrade to the Alioth server:

Dear Debian developers, contributors and visitors,
This is a reminder that some of the Alioth admins are gathered this week-end to work on alioth.debian.org. One of the goals of the sprint is to upgrade Alioth in every way we can find: kernel, Debian release, FusionForge software, hardware, and so on. This will very probably result in temporary downtime of the service, especially during the move. We should be done by late afternoon (UK time) on Sunday, May 22nd. We apologize for the inconvenience, which we hope will be compensated by a noticeable increase in performance. Roland.

Roland Mas