Category Archives: General

Service downtime to fix some database issues

This Friday we’re going to need to take a 15-20 minute downtime to fix a few leftover issues from our recent schema change. We tried to do this without downtime, but the service got progressively slower, so we’re electing to take some downtime.

We’ll be down shortly after Noon PST, 3PM EST, 20:00 UK, 21:00 CET for about 15-20 minutes.

Sorry for the hassles this causes.

Downtime for fall schema change

Our next schema change version will be released on Monday, 17 November, 2014 around Noon PST/3pm EST/20:00 GMT/21:00 CET. We expect that MusicBrainz will be unavailable for 30 – 60 minutes during this time. We will put up the downtime notification on the site and tweet from @musicbrainz right before the release.

Sadly, our backup database server suffered a hardware failure and we ran out of time to get a replicated database setup after the hardware was fixed. This means that we won’t be able to put the site into read-only mode and will require us to take a full-downtime.

It sucks and we’re not happy about it either, but there is only so much we can accomplish with our limited resources. :(

Sorry for any troubles this may cause you.

Phew: MusicBrainz is unaffected by the Heartbleed fiasco

As you’ve probably heard all over the net, a vulnerability was found in a very popular and critical piece of software that a lot of sites on the net use. While we also use said piece of software, our version is a bit older and therefore we’re not affected by this bug. There is no need to change your password, unless you use a common password on any of these affected sites listed in the link above.

To get an idea of how serious this issue is, take a look at this stunning list of affected sites!

But, don’t take our word for it. Use this link to check to see if musicbrainz.org is affected.

Now go and change your passwords. NOW!

New editing feature: adding new entities from inline search fields

As mentioned in the blog post for the 2013-12-23 server release, a useful new feature for editors is the option to add new entities directly from inline search fields:

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There’s an “Add a new [entity]” button at the bottom of (most) search result menus, which upon clicking will open up a dialog in the page. The dialog contains a form identical to the one you’re used to when creating entities the old-fashioned way — that is, from the Editing menu at the top of the website.

Once you’ve successfully added a new entity from the dialog, it’ll be automatically loaded into the search field you started from.

The visible exceptions to this feature are that you can’t add new areas (only location editors can add those), or releases (because those take a lot longer to add, and it wouldn’t be useful to do so in a small dialog that you can accidentally close), and finally, you can’t spawn an add-entity dialog within another add-entity dialog. :)

Another change that went along with this feature (that editors should be aware of) is that we now require artists and labels to be selected on the “Release Information” tab of the release editor.

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Previously, you could enter plain text into these fields, proceed to the next tab without selecting a search result, and handle creation on the “Add Missing Entities” tab. Because “Add Missing Entities” has a very limited UI, in the future we’d like to remove it in favor of easier entity-creation on the other tabs. This is a small step towards that. Note that you can still use “Add Missing Entities” for track artists — this change only affects the release artist and release labels on the first tab.

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Don’t hesitate to report any bugs or suggestions about this feature to our issue tracker: http://tickets.musicbrainz.org/

All MusicBrainz sites downtime

On Sunday, December 29th at 1pm PST, (2pm AZ, 4pm EST, 9pm UK, 10pm CET) we’re going to swap out our network switch. During this time all MusicBrainz sites hosted in California will be unavailable. (that is all sites, save for the primary and secondary FTP mirrors and the FreeDB gateway).

The work will not start exactly at 1pm, but we’re doing to start executing our plan at 1pm. The exact time for the outage will be announced via Twitter and via the banner on musicbrainz.org

We hope that this outage will last only 10-15 minutes, but as these things typically go, you’ll never know how long it will really take.

Sorry for the inconvenience.

MusicBrainz Read Only Between 2PM – 3PM UTC

We need to do essential maintainance on the main MusicBrainz database server today (specifically upgrading to Ubuntu 12.04 LTS). We’re aiming to get this work completed within an hour, and will require MusicBrainz to be in read-only mode for the duration of the upgrade. We’re going to go read-only from 2PM UTC (6AM PST, 9AM EST, 3PM CEST) to begin this work.

Sorry for the inconvenience!