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Launchpad read-only (corrected; see new post)

Monday, March 1st, 2010

This post has been corrected; please see the new post.

Launchpad 10.1 roll-out 09.00-11.30 27th January 2010

Friday, January 22nd, 2010

Launchpad’s web interface will be read-only, and all other parts of Launchpad offline, for roughly two and a half hours from 09.00 UTC on the 27th January 2010.

Starts: 09.00 UTC 27th January 2010
Expected back: 11.30 UTC 27th January 2010

This is for the roll-out of our Launchpad 10.01 code. We’ll post details of what’s new after the release.

Launchpad maintenance 20th January 2010

Wednesday, January 13th, 2010

Launchpad may be unavailable for up to 30 minutes from 11.00 UTC on Wednesday the 20th January, for planned hardware maintenance.

Starting: 11.00 UTC 20th January 2010
Expected back before: 11.30 UTC 20th January 2010

We are, though, hopeful that we can complete the maintenance without taking Launchpad off-line, in which case you will not notice any effect to your service.

Read-only 22.00-23.00 UTC 16th December 2009

Thursday, December 10th, 2009

Launchpad’s web interface will be read-only from 22.00 UTC on Wednesday the 16th December 2009 for the release of Launchpad 3.1.12. During that time, other services including PPAs, code hosting and the email interface, will be offline.

Starts: 22.00 UTC 16th December
Expected back: 23.00 UTC 16th December

This is the final Launchpad code release of 2009! We’ll post the 2010 release calendar here in the next few days.

Follow Launchpad’s official status feed for full status information.

Read-only 22.00-23.30 UTC December 3rd

Thursday, December 3rd, 2009

Launchpad’s web interface will be read-only for 90 minutes from 22.00 UTC December 3rd. At that time, all other Launchpad services — including PPAs, bug mail and code hosting — will be unavailable.

Starts: 22.00 UTC 3rd December
Expected back: 23.30 UTC 3rd December

I’m sorry that we’ve had to disrupt your service twice in two days and for the short notice of this coming interruption. During our December 2nd code release we encountered some problems and decided to delay the roll-out in order to resolve them.

You can stay up to date with Launchpad system status by following our identica account.

Launchpad read-only 22.00 UTC 2nd December 2009

Monday, November 30th, 2009

Launchpad’s web interface will be read-only for roughly 90 minutes from 22.00 UTC on Wednesday the 2nd of December 2009. Other aspects of Launchpad — including code hosting, PPAs, the API and email interface — will be unavailable during that time.

Starts: 22.00 UTC 2nd December 2009
Expected back: 23.30 UTC 2nd December 2009

During this time, we’ll be releasing the code for Launchpad 3.1.11.

The next planned down-time for Launchpad will be for our 3.1.12 release on the 16th December. We’ll publish the exact time, nearer to the release date, on our status page.

You can also see the Launchpad release calendar to check for future release down-time. We’ll be publishing the 2010 calendar soon.

Code hosting and browsing offline 13.00-17.00 UTC 19th November

Tuesday, November 17th, 2009

We’re upgrading the disk space available for Launchpad’s code hosting! During the upgrade, we’ll have to take code hosting and browsing offline.

Going offline: 08.00 UTC Thursday 19th November
Expected back: 12.00 UTC Thursday 19th November

We’re sorry that you’ll be unable to browse, push to or pull from code hosted by Launchpad during this time.

You can stay up to date using Launchpad’s official system status feed (Twitter version).

UPDATE: We’ve updated the time of the down-time. It is now 08.00-12.00 UTC.

Launchpad offline 09.00 – 10.30 UTC 5th November

Wednesday, November 4th, 2009

Launchpad will be offline for a scheduled code release for around 90 minutes from 09.00 UTC on the 5th November.

Going offline: 09.00 UTC 5th November 2009
Expected back: 10.30 UTC 5th November 2009

This is to release version 3.1.10 of Launchpad. We’re sorry for the short notice of this down-time.

Launchpad offline 04.00 – 04.30 UTC 26th October

Friday, October 23rd, 2009

Launchpad will be offline for roughly 30 minutes from 04.00 UTC on Monday the 26th October 2009 for database maintenance.

Going offline: 04.00 UTC 26th October
Expected back: 04.30 UTC 26th October

Launchpad’s status page

Tuesday, October 13th, 2009

When writing about the hardware running Launchpad, or even the complexity of the codebase, I’m always tempted to start off by borrowing from Douglas Adams’ introduction to The Hitchiker’s Guide to the Galaxy: “Launchpad is big. Really big.”

With such a big system, it’s inevitable that from time to time we have to rearrange the furniture a little. Aside from our monthly code roll-out, where Launchpad goes read-only for an hour or so, we occasionally have to swap out or reconfigure hardware, as you’d expect. Up until now, we’ve used a combination of this blog and the launchpad-announce mailing list to keep you up to date on any Launchpad service-affecting issues but we haven’t had a canonical (heh) status page to which you can refer and know you’re going to get a definitive answer.

So, now we have the Launchpad status page!

It’s hosted by the excellent so you can subscribe using your account or to the Atom or RSS feed. We’re also automatically copying everything over to the launchpadstatus Twitter account.

What does it cover?

We’re using the status page to announce service-affecting issues that are happening right now or that we know will happen in the following 48 hours.

Also, we’re only going to post when the main production Launchpad site or the edge environment are affected, as they’re the two environments in which you can do real work.

Longer-term planning

As the status page only covers what’s happening in the next 48 hours, it’s not so useful for longer-term planning. So, as soon as we know about any pending service-interruption, we’ll add it to the maintenance page of the Launchpad dev wiki.

Blog and email updates

We’ll still continue to post notification of down-time here on the Launchpad blog and to the launchpad-announce mailing list. However, we’ll limit those posts to planned maintenance that’s likely to affect a sizeable number of people.

For things happening right now, or that are likely to be no more than the equivalent of a minor bump in the road, we’ll post them to the status page only.

Elsewhere on

Don’t forget, we also have a news account on and also Twitter.