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Site problems - FOUND IT!!!

Postby super_dipsy » 29 Dec 2017, 12:46

The problems affecting some games are still here, but I think I may have finally found the problem. It appears to be something to do with games with weekends excepted for some reason. I will continue looking into it. For the moment, I am not going to try to move games on but rather focus on trying to fix the problem. But if I am right this would explain why the problem got worse last week as the week went on and then suddenly seemed to clear up on Saturday. Then it has gradually started to get worse as this week has gone on. It appears to be a problem when a game would have its next deadline at the weekend and it has no processing at weekends. All very bizarre since nothing has changed, but that's computers for you!
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Re: Site problems - status as of 29th Dec

Postby super_dipsy » 29 Dec 2017, 13:05

OK, I was right! :D

NOW I know why this problem suddenly just appeared! The issue is the Christmas Day and New Year fall on a MONDAY. There is a bug in the code which has been there since the site was created which means that if you have weekends excepted AND an excepted holiday on the Monday, then the code tries to move the date to the Monday but then gets confused and keeps trying to move it looping for ever until processing times out.

OK, all I have to do now is work out how to fix it. it is a bit messy because it is somewhat iterative (if you move the date because of one reason, you can run into another reason that wasn't there int eh first place!). Once I get it fixed, I will pixie dust all the games that are stuck and hopefully that should sort it.

A challenge though for anyone with a maths bent (or savant!). The site is almost exactly 10 years old. When was the last time Christmas Day / New Year fell on a Monday?
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Re: Site problems - status as of 29th Dec

Postby GPD » 29 Dec 2017, 13:08

2006, due to leap years.
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Re: Site problems - status as of 29th Dec

Postby super_dipsy » 29 Dec 2017, 14:03

GPD wrote:2006, due to leap years.

I KNEW it!!! So the bug has been there since the site was first written, and we only saw it this year. Grrrr.

Thanks GPD, I was keen to know the answer but my brain is now lying down in a darkened room with a wet flannel listening to blues.
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Re: Site problems - FOUND IT!!!

Postby Pootleflump » 29 Dec 2017, 14:27

You guys are so clever!

That deserves one of Dipsy's mine pies.
But, I nearly forgot, you must close your eyes otherwise you won't see anything

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Re: Site problems - FOUND IT!!!

Postby GPD » 29 Dec 2017, 14:36

Pootleflump wrote:You guys are so clever!

That deserves one of Dipsy's mine pies.

Let's hope they don't go off.
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Re: Site problems - FOUND IT!!!

Postby Pootleflump » 29 Dec 2017, 14:44

Let's hope they don't go off.[/quote]

THAT'S what it meant. Aha. Goes with the Chocolate-Sprout-Bombs.

I thought they were his and he just didn't want to give them out.
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Re: Site problems - FOUND IT!!!

Postby Pootleflump » 29 Dec 2017, 14:47

Maths. Pffft. Look. I can't even quote things properly.

I'm no use.
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Re: Site problems - FOUND IT!!!

Postby asudevil » 29 Dec 2017, 16:19

But wouldn't this have shown up with Halloween (the other holiday we exempt) landing on a Monday in the last 10 years? Which happened last year?
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Re: Site problems - FOUND IT!!!

Postby super_dipsy » 29 Dec 2017, 16:27

asudevil wrote:But wouldn't this have shown up with Halloween (the other holiday we exempt) landing on a Monday in the last 10 years? Which happened last year?

Possible, but frankly not many people exempt halloween.

Anyway, the server now hates me because it just hiccuped. I am going to go and hide then it wont notice me,
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