Friday, November 1, 2013

Programmer's Diary: Zombies and Phantoms

This morning when I checked our continuos integration system I spotted that our integration tests are running since a long time. This is unusual because they should finish in 3-4 minutes at most. After some investigation made together with a colleague of mine, we discovered there were about 2000 zombie processes on our build machine...

An hour before the end of this Friday working day I realised that after the changes we made lately to our software, the notification mails telling that a disk pool has been imported missed a key information: the pool's name! It seems like it turned into a phantom and vanished...

... after all, it's 1st of November.