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System Notices

These notices and announcements apply to web-related issues and mailing list-related issues within the past ninety days. There may occasionally be network-related issues if I hear about them and they affect the web servers or list server, but you can’t count on it.

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MySQL server up (Mysql, Coding): Thursday, 8:28 pm, August 9th, 2012

The MySQL server is back up. The new server uses the backups from 4 AM Thursday, August 9. The MySQL server stopped responding at 2:10 PM Thursday; all submissions between 4 AM and 2:10 PM have been lost.

jerry

MySQL server down (Mysql, Coding): Thursday, 6:23 pm, August 9th, 2012

The MySQL server used for most www databases is currently down. We are  currently moving to our disaster recovery server. It should be available later today.

The new server will use the backups from 4 AM Thursday, August 9. The MySQL server stopped responding at 2:10 PM Thursday; all submissions between 4 AM and 2:10 PM have been lost.

If we can bring the server or its hard drives back online, we will see if we can restore some database submissions during that period; however, from what we currently see that is very unlikely to happen. We’ll have more news later.

jerry

sql.phpi redirects to SSL for rich text fields (Websupport, Coding): Thursday, 10:19 am, May 17th, 2012

If your form includes a rich text field, and you use HTMLHead() to set up style sheets and JavaScript, sql.phpi also adds a redirect to the SSL version of the page; this is necessary to keep the rich text editor working, since it is always served securely now.

jerry

upgraded tinyMCE (Coding): Wednesday, 9:12 am, April 18th, 2012

I’ve just upgraded tinyMCE from 3.3.9.4 to 3.5b3 to fix a critical issue with the new Firefox 11.

jerry

structure.css change for new social networking links (Business): Friday, 4:47 pm, December 9th, 2011

Removed spans from ul.social li's, and added div#blog to subgroups for styling.

 

ul.social li.unchosen, ul.social a {

color: #000000;

cursor: pointer;

}

 

ul.social li.chosen {

color: #862bcc;

text-decoration: underline;

}

 

div#blog div.social_menu ul,

div#linkedin div.social_menu ul {

margin-top: .5em;

}

sonhoang

_mm directory block (Websupport): Thursday, 11:49 am, October 20th, 2011

We are blocking all _mm directories, because they can contain somewhat sensitive Dreamweaver information, and are not meant for public consumption in any case.

jerry

Downgraded tiny_mce to 3.3.9.4 (Websupport, Coding): Monday, 11:50 am, October 17th, 2011

Tiny MCE 3.4.6 and 3.4.5 interact strangely with some forms, resulting in the text field’s content not being submitted to the server. I’ve temporarily reverted to the latest of the 3.3 branch, 3.3.9.4, until this can be resolved.

jerry

Upgraded tinymce from 3.3.9.2 to 3.4.6. (Websupport, Coding): Friday, 12:17 pm, October 14th, 2011

I've upgraded TinyMCE to 3.4.6. This fixes at least one issue, where paragraphs were being converted to DIVs instead of to Ps.

jerry

links.js LiveFilter text search changed (Websupport, Usd-sites): Thursday, 11:11 am, September 29th, 2011

In LiveFilter, rather than pulling the <a> tag text from the <li> and dropping spans, it now pulls the innerHTML of the <li> tag and strips all tags.

This should not affect the Offices and Departments directory, because each <li> had nothing in it except one <a> tag.

jerry

Updated common.phpi to use new LDAP server (Websupport): Tuesday, 1:40 pm, September 6th, 2011

I updated common.phpi to use a different LDAP server in the function accountInfo(); there should be no change, as the new server is supposed to be configured the same as the old server. This will affect any plugin that also needs LDAP information.

jerry

home.css changes (Admissions): Thursday, 11:57 am, September 1st, 2011

Updated Features CSS:

 

ul#featureList li:

now has same width on both graduate and undergraduate pages due to extra features.

 

body#undergraduate ul#featureList p a:

also has increased font-size (from inherit now to 150%) for aesthetics. 5em margin also added to top to more to help center vertically.

sonhoang

/bmcevent and /outlook redirects changed (Business): Thursday, 9:43 am, August 25th, 2011

redirect:

www.sandiego.edu/bmcevent

to:

http://www.sandiego.edu/ce/service/bmcre/event/auto.php?370

redirect:

www.sandiego.edu/outlook

to:

http://www.sandiego.edu/ce/service/bmcre/event/auto.php?371&372

sonhoang

mail to aliases fails (Websupport, Coding): Friday, 10:53 am, July 1st, 2011

Mail does not currently go to aliases (distribution lists) from the web server. The main mail server refuses to accept messages sent to non-accounts from the web server.

If you are using the Email Form plugin or the Mail Queue plugin, your messages are available on the Monitor Mail page.

We have a ticket with Mirapoint to have this fixed, but until then if you need to send mail to an alias/distribution list from a web form, you will need to contact the help desk or web support.

jerry

Mailman back up (Mailman): Tuesday, 11:29 am, June 14th, 2011

The mail server is accepting messages from the mailing list server again, so I’ve brought Mailman back up.

If your mailing list received any messages last night, watch your mailbox for bounceback notices to know whether anyone’s been unsubscribed. If there are too many for you to resubscribe, keep the notices and contact me. 

jerry

Mailman shut down (Mailman): Tuesday, 9:00 am, June 14th, 2011

I’ve just shut down mailman (lists.sandiego.edu’s mailing list software) temporarily. There was an update to the main mail server last night, and it appears to be interacting poorly with lists.sandiego.edu.

This is causing messages sent from mailing lists to bounce back as if the account is no longer available, and members are being unsubscribed.

By shutting down mailman, mailman will no longer try to send messages out, and so there will be no more bouncebacks that get interpreted as unavailable accounts.

jerry

Gallery3 upgraded to 3.0.2 (Websupport): Wednesday, 10:21 am, June 8th, 2011

The gallery 3 test install has been upgraded from 3.0.1 to 3.0.2.

jerry

podcast server login updated (Websupport): Wednesday, 12:26 pm, June 1st, 2011

Authentication for the podcast server (catcher.sandiego.edu) has been updated to the newer version used on the application server (guin.sandiego.edu)

jerry

Switched commencement code off (Websupport): Tuesday, 11:28 am, May 31st, 2011

I switched the home page back to using page.phpi, but left the home.phpi code in, commented out; you could use that to display an emergency message in the feature area of the home page, for example.

jerry

Empty fields set to null (Websupport, Mysql): Tuesday, 1:39 pm, May 17th, 2011

In sql.phpi, if you specify a list of fields to replace/update/insert, and one of the fields isn't in the form, it will be set to null rather than ignored (and, for replace/update, left with its previous value).

jerry

Updated podcast server to Django 1.3 (Websupport): Monday, 12:30 pm, April 25th, 2011

I’ve updated catcher.sandiego.edu from Django 1.1 to Django 1.3. There should be no changes in how it works in the front end.

jerry

/uploads/ now on lib (Websupport): Tuesday, 10:32 am, April 12th, 2011

I've set www.sandiego.edu/uploads/ to redirect to lib.sandiego.edu/uploads/.

jerry

rebuilt gallery database (Websupport): Wednesday, 11:21 am, April 6th, 2011

I rebuilt the gallery database from scratch, by dumping it to a MySQL file, deleting the database, recreating the database, and importing the dump.

The system reported repairs necessary in the gallery tables, which could best be performed by reimporting the tables.

jerry

content.css update (Business): Tuesday, 4:43 pm, April 5th, 2011

Removed table.quote and ul.definition classes in preparation of revamping user selectable styles for these items.

sonhoang

/documents/ redirects to lib.sandiego.edu (Websupport): Tuesday, 3:03 pm, March 29th, 2011

/documents/ now redirects to lib.sandiego.edu/documents. Mikes thinks we may move this off to the cloud at some point.

jerry

Change to Sites/css/peace/structure.css (Peacestudies): Monday, 3:56 pm, March 28th, 2011

Message intended for the web team.  (Specifically Jerry).

In Sites/css/peace/structure.css--

Edited line 457 to change to width: 9em;

This is to correct a template issue after the updated USD quicklinks were added to the site.

dandle

MySQL updated to 5.1.56 (Mysql): Wednesday, 8:32 am, March 16th, 2011

MySQL on simmons has been updated to 5.1.56.

jerry

Change to content.css for navigation styling (Admissions): Tuesday, 11:39 am, March 15th, 2011

Updated the content.css file to fix the styling in the left-hand navigation that somehow appeared when the virtual tour launched.

/* main navigation */
div#navigation_background {
    width: 14em;
    float: left;
    background-image: url('http://www.sandiego.edu/admissions/images/interior_nav_background.png');
    background-repeat: repeat-x;   
    min-height: 40em;
}

div#navigation_column {
    padding-left: 1.5em;
    padding-top: 2em;
    width: 12.5em;
    float: left;
    background-image: url('http://www.sandiego.edu/admissions/images/interior_nav_border.jpg');
    background-repeat: no-repeat;   
    background-position: top right;
    min-height: 40em;
}

div#navigation_column a {
    text-decoration: none;   
}

div#navigation_column a:hover {
    text-decoration: underline;   
}

div#navigation_column ul {
    list-style-type: none;
}

div#navigation_column ul.main_navigation li {
    padding-bottom: .5em;
}

div#navigation_column li a,
div#navigation_column ul.main_navigation li.open {
    font-size: .875em;             /* 14px = .875em */
    text-transform: uppercase;
    color: #002469;
    font-weight: bold;
}

div#navigation_column ul.main_navigation li.open a {
    font-size: 1em;
}

div#navigation_column ul.main_navigation ul li {
    padding-bottom: .25em;
}

div#navigation_column ul ul ul {
    padding-top: .25em;
    padding-left: 1em;
}

div#navigation_column li ul li a,
div#navigation_column ul#information_for li a {
    font-weight: normal;
    text-transform: none;
}

div#navigation_column p.information_for {
    padding-top: 3em;
    text-transform: uppercase;
    font-weight: bold;
    font-size: .75em;            /* 11px = .6875em, so adjusted to 12px = .75em */
    color: #002469;
}

div#navigation_column ul#information_for li a {
    font-size: .75em;            /* 11px = .6875em, so adjusted to 12px = .75em */
}

div#navigation_column ul.main_navigation li.open ul li.open {
    font-size: 1em;
    color: #1a75cf;
    font-weight: normal;
    text-transform: none;
}

div#navigation_column ul.main_navigation > li.open ul {
    font-size: .875em;
}

div#navigation_column ul.main_navigation li.open ul li ul {
    font-size: 1em;   
}
/* end main navigation */

mandersen

getNews replaced with NewsMaker (Websupport): Wednesday, 12:03 pm, March 9th, 2011

I've replaced the getNews method in the base page.phpi with a NewsMaker class. I've updated the main usd methods, soles, law, business, and cas.

jerry

Adjustment to law feature CSS (Law): Wednesday, 3:40 pm, March 2nd, 2011

Updated the feature CSS for the law school in home.css to allow for a flexible width of the link section.

/* @group Feature Text */
div.feature {
    position: absolute;
    bottom: 1.5em;
    right: 1.5em;
    font-style: italic;
    opacity: .8;
    width: 55em;
}

div.feature p {
    float: right;
    padding: .8em;
    font-family: Georgia, "Times New Roman", Times, serif;
    background-color: #1a75cf;
    margin: 0;
    text-shadow: 2px 2px 2px #000000;
    height: 1.5em;
}

div.feature, div.feature a {
    color: white;
}

div.feature a {
    font-size: .6em;   
}

div.active {
    display: none;
}

div.active p.links {
    background-color: #000000;
    text-align: center;
    font-family: Verdana, Geneva, sans-serif;
    font-style: normal;
    text-transform: uppercase;
    padding-left: .5em;
}

div.active p.blurb {
    background-color: #202020;
    padding-right: 1em;
    border-right: solid 1px #ffffff;
}

div.feature:hover div.initial {
    display: none;
}

div.feature:hover div.active {
    display: block;
}
/* @end */

mandersen

Removed invalid code from home page (Websupport): Tuesday, 9:15 am, February 22nd, 2011

I removed an invalid streamer link from the home page; please remember to validate whenever you make changes to pages.

jerry

social.html include for 'admissions' changed (Websupport): Monday, 10:11 am, February 21st, 2011

URL for Facebook page altered from main USD page to Admissions-specific one.

sonhoang

New home.sandiego.edu (Home): Thursday, 9:38 am, February 17th, 2011

Home.sandiego.edu has been upgraded to a newer server. This means that it has a newer version of PHP (5.2) and of Apache (2.2).

jerry

footer.html change (Business): Tuesday, 10:05 am, February 8th, 2011

Links for MBA program updated to reflect new URLs.

sonhoang

Additions to Law CSS (for new homepage Alumni link on Events tab) (Law): Tuesday, 2:57 pm, February 1st, 2011

Added to home.css:

/* 02/01/10 mandersen added the following for new Alumni link */
div#eventstab li.alumni {
    position: absolute;
    bottom: 1em;
    left: 25em;
    padding: 0em;
}

div#eventstab li.alumni a {
    color: #555555;
    font-weight: bold;
    text-transform: uppercase;           
}

div#eventstab li.alumni:hover {
    background: none;
}

div#news li.alumni img {
    display: inline;
    border: none;
    float: none;
    padding-right: .5em;
    vertical-align: bottom;
}       
/* end update */

Added to ie7.css:

/* 02/01/10 mandersen added for new link item */
div#eventstab li.alumni a {
    vertical-align: bottom;
}
/* end addition */

Added to ie6.css:

/* 02/01/10 mandersen added for new link */
div#eventstab li.alumni {
    background: none;
}
/* end addition */

mandersen

structure.css change for new departmental dual column content page (Business): Friday, 4:52 pm, January 28th, 2011

/* @group Dual Columns */
/* added 1/27/2011 for new two column template */

sonhoang

home.sandiego.edu using new single sign-on (Websupport): Thursday, 9:37 am, January 27th, 2011

I’ve switched home.sandiego.edu so that login.php uses the new sso_www.phpi. It’s the same transitional login.php that’s been in use for about a year on www.sandiego.edu.

jerry

structure.css update (Business): Monday, 3:13 pm, January 24th, 2011

Added new @group for dept-content b template (to be initially used on the MBA home page).

sonhoang

content.css fix (Business): Friday, 4:10 pm, January 21st, 2011

Added z-index value to ul.descriptions li ul li, for some reason none existed before, caused stacking issues.

sonhoang

Made methods protected in caches.phpi (Websupport): Tuesday, 2:56 pm, January 18th, 2011

I updated caches.phpi to mark all methods and properties as either public or protected. I tried to make sure that methods were not marked as protected if they were being used externally, but I may have missed something.

jerry

/images/ redirected to secondary server (Websupport): Tuesday, 8:12 am, January 4th, 2011

www.sandiego.edu/images/ is now being redirected to lib.sandiego.edu/images.

jerry

Changed background-image values in CSS files to be absolute rather than site root relative (Peacestudies, Business): Wednesday, 11:34 am, December 22nd, 2010

Changed background-image values in CSS files to be absolute rather than site root relative since URLs to these files do not work when redirected to lib.sandiego.edu

Affected files include:

Business's:
structure.css
content.css
home.css

Peace Studies':
structure.css
content.css
ie6.css

sonhoang

CSS served from lib.sandiego.edu (Websupport): Monday, 7:43 am, December 20th, 2010

I’ve redirected /css/ on www to lib.sandiego.edu/css.

jerry

Updated tiny_mce to 3.3.9.2 (Websupport, Coding): Friday, 1:13 pm, December 17th, 2010

I have upgraded the tiny_mce rich text editor from 3.0.8 to 3.3.9.2 so that it can handle cross-domain loading.

jerry

/scripts/ redirect restored (Websupport): Thursday, 2:42 pm, December 16th, 2010

The /scripts/ redirect from www to lib has been restored. All /scripts/ files are now being served from lib.sandiego.edu.

jerry

/scripts/ redirect removed (Websupport): Wednesday, 9:51 am, December 15th, 2010

lib.sandiego.edu was not set up for off-campus use, so I've removed the /scripts/ redirect until this issue is resolved.

jerry

/scripts/ redirected to lib.sandiego.edu/scripts/ (Websupport): Wednesday, 9:18 am, December 15th, 2010

The /scripts/ folder is now served from lib.sandiego.edu.

jerry

sandiego.edu/executiveed redirect changed (Web, Business): Thursday, 3:42 pm, November 4th, 2010

Per MSEL's request, now goes to a different form here:

http://www.sandiego.edu/business/forms/msel_networking_10.php

sonhoang

Removed old Feature code (Websupport): Monday, 11:14 am, November 1st, 2010

I've removed the makeFeature() and displayOtherFeature() methods from the main page.phpi, now that we are (hopefully) using the Feature class for that functionality in all places.

jerry

Removed bad code from home page (Websupport): Wednesday, 12:37 pm, October 13th, 2010

Removed some bad code (regarding Family Weekend) from the USD home page. Please validate your code after making any changes to a web page.

jerry

/tbi/ redirect changed (Web, Peacestudies): Tuesday, 4:18 pm, October 12th, 2010

Added new value:

/tbi/support goes to http://www.sandiego.edu/peacestudies/tbi/support.php

sonhoang