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A lot of 503's lately?

Lasse Koskela
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It seems that the 'ranch saloon has been giving a lot of HTTP 503 pages during the past couple of weeks. Has the traffic went up like a rocket or is the new hosting provider holding too tight on the horsepower?


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Marilyn de Queiroz
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I haven't noticed any difference recently.


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Damien Howard
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It hasn't happened to me either.
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I haven't seen it.
Usage is up slightly, but we've seen times of heavier traffic.
Overall, outside of your 503's, everything seems quite smooth.
Are you still seeing them?
Which error is 503 anyway?


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Lasse Koskela
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It happened to me again just 15 minutes ago. The Big Moose Saloon (saloon.javaranch.com) would constantly give me a 503.html page while the JavaRanch main page (www.javaranch.com) was served as usual.
Here's the description of 503 in HTTP 1.0 spec:

503 Service Unavailable
The server is currently unable to handle the request due to a temporary overloading or maintenance of the server. The implication is that this is a temporary condition which will be alleviated after some delay.
Note: The existence of the 503 status code does not imply that a server must use it when becoming overloaded. Some servers may wish to simply refuse the connection.
Jim Yingst
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I actually happened to see this myself. (Yes, I was up late/early.) Lasse, in general for the 503's you've seen, were they at a similar time of day? Perhaps there's something going on while most of the US crowd is asleep - that would explain at least why the US users haven't noted any significant problems lately. I'll check out various logfiles and see if I come up with anything.


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Andrew Monkhouse
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I got nothing but 503s for about 5 minutes yesterday evening, however I didnt note the exact time. I think about 8.30pm here which would probably be July 06, 2003 04:30 AM server time. If it happens again I will note the time.
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Andres Gonzalez
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It has happened to me the last 3 days.


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Jim Yingst
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I checked the logs and found nothing unusual. I've put in an inquiry with our web hosting company. More specific data is welcome.
Andrew Monkhouse
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Hi Jim,
Just happened again - nothing but 503s for about 1 minute. Then back to fast access.
Sydney time when first noticed: Thu Jul 10 19:12:52 EST 2003
That would make it server time: July 10, 2003 03:12 AM
Regards, Andrew
[ July 10, 2003: Message edited by: Andrew Monkhouse ]
Pauline McNamara
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I just got a few 503's (message: "sorry the ranch is pretty busy right now, come back later" or similar).
It was over a time period of probably less than a minute, in response to several clicks on the search link for the jboss forum.
....
Looks like the same occurence as Andrew's above.
[ July 10, 2003: Message edited by: Pauline McNamara ]
Pauline McNamara
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Got a single 503 a couple minutes ago.
Simon Brown
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Yep - it's happening again for me too.
Cindy Glass
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I just got about 5 503's in a row.


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David Weitzman
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I just got a couple of 503's. Because you're redirected to a static webpage, you can't just hit refresh to try again
Jamie Robertson
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was just "503"'d for a while.
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Jason Menard
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I've been noticing it since around noon or so today. I got my most recent 503's not all that long ago.
Jim Yingst
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Hurm... still can't find any indication of these problems in server logs. Sent another e-mail to our web hosts to see if there's any further info.
Mark Spritzler
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I got some 501s. They are Levi's.
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Marilyn de Queiroz
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I got some too, at about 1:55 today.
R K Singh
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me too faced this 503's
could note down the time .. next time report the time also.
Francis Siu
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I got some 501s. They are Levi's
I got some also
yes,
today I suffer too...about 07:10 AM
Sorry, but the Ranch is quite busy right now. Please try again in a few minutes.

[ July 22, 2003: Message edited by: siu chung man ]

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Jamie Robertson
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Originally posted by Ravish Kumar:
me too faced this 503's
could note down the time .. next time report the time also.

Just look at the time of my posts, as I posted right after I got the "Sorry were busy...". By the way, I just got it again with the new URL
Jamie
R K Singh
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Originally posted by Jamie Robertson:

Just look at the time of my posts, as I posted
Jamie

could NOT note down the time .. next time report the time also.
sorry .. 'not' was missing in the sentence
Mark Spritzler
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Got my first one this morning. I feel honored.
Mark
Andres Gonzalez
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Here's another one I just got. For the records. Check my posting time.
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Me too. Same time as Andres.


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Andrew Monkhouse
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Also getting them at July 25, 2003 06:23 AM
Andres Gonzalez
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boy this is sad . I've lost the count of how many 503's since my last post, like 20 min ago.
Ron Newman
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I'm getting 503s in many different threads in several different folders.
If I listed the threads that cause 503s, would that help debug the problem?


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Cindy Glass
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I e-mailed the server support. Hopefully they can fix this up.
 
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