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?
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.
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.
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. Regards, Andrew
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 ]
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 ]