Thursday, December 18, 2014 SSL certificate update

Tis the season for SSL certificate renewals.  For the past five years,'s SSL certificate was sponsored by IT-Kartellet.  This year, Best Practical Solutions has picked up the cert as part of our ongoing support of

Please let us know of any problems with the update at our usual address, rt-cpan-admin at

Monday, December 15, 2014


We have experimentally enabled greylisting on the mail servers that accept mail for and and some other domains.

We expect that this will result in a reduction in the amount of spam that makes it through our filters.

You may notice a slight delay in mail delivery, as your MTA may have to retry to satisfy the greylisting filter.

Thursday, July 17, 2014

7/18/2014: Scheduled Maintenance -- Moving Day!

More details afterwards, but most services will be unavailable for most of the day on Friday, July 18th 2014.  We're moving!  DNS will still work, but anything running on one of our machines (many webservers and mailservers, etc) will be unavailable.  We'll post updates here.

export TZ=America/Los_Angeles


  • 8:48AM - the first batch of machines shut down and powered off cleanly, which is a good omen. We're in transit to the datacenters at high rates of speed and the unracking will begin when we get there. 
  • 10:02AM 7/19/2014 - apologies for not posting any updates during the day yesterday, we were busy with actually doing the move.  Current state is that we're having trouble getting one of the key vm-hosting machines to boot, and the VMs on it include key servers.  We'll keep working on this this afternoon.
  • 2:00PM 7/19/2014 - the last machine is up and happy again.  everything should be working fine now.

Thursday, April 10, 2014

Heartbleed updates for and

Both and were running vulnerable versions of openssl.  They were updated on Tuesday April 8th.  At that time, the cert for was regenerated.  I'm still waiting for an updated cert for

Update 2014-04-16
A new cert for has been deployed.

Tuesday, January 14, 2014

CPAN master mirror down for maintenance

The CPAN master rsync mirror is temporarily down. We expect it back around 06-08:00UTC. Another hard drive failed and then it went downhill from there while replacing it. Whee.

Update: Back since 8am UTC. Drives replaced, partition tables fixed, raid rebuilt, configuration files updated, initramfs updated, KVM firmware updated, cursing subsided.

Wednesday, January 8, 2014

Multiple Hard Drive Faliure

We've lost several of the drives from the machine that hosts PAUSE.  It's offline while we work to replace the drives and convince it to come back up.

Update 1/8/2013 5:49pm EST:  No good news so far.  We may need to restore from a backup.   <distraction>Did you hear that github was down?</distraction>

Update 1/10/2013 1:26am EST:  We're working to get PAUSE back up as soon as we can and apologize for any inconvenience this outage may be causing you.  It is taking a little longer than normal due to circumstances that are limiting our availability this week.  (i.e. bad timing for a failure.)

Update 1/11/2013 12:04pm EST: PAUSE is back up!  Thanks for your patience!