When I said “MySQL” in my previous entry, that was an inference based on the performance of my Movable Type installation. I figure that if things are moving very, very slowly — which MT is at the moment — then it’s probably a MySQL problem. Certainly that has been the case when this has happened before. Anyway, at the moment it’s taking an excruciatingly long time to rebuild pages or update entries, so I’m going to try to hold off on posting new material until things improve. I’ve opened a support ticket, but there are more than 1,000 open support tickets on DreamHost at the moment.
Hopefully this spate of downtime at DreamHost will be at an end soon!
Update, 3:55 PM: Still ridiculously slow — like, 10 minutes every time I save an entry. Unbelievable.
Update, 10:45 PM: Just posted a new Map Room entry. The system seems to be a little faster, subjectively, but still much slower than it ought to be. Not out of the woods yet.
Update, July 25 at 1:30 PM: Things were much snappier this morning — not as fast as I’d like, but much better than yesterday — and I was able to get in some entries with relative ease. But now things have slowed down again, which makes me think it’s an internal network issue. (Not that they’ve gotten back to me yet. Come on, DreamHost: you’re usually better than this.)
Update, 9:10 PM: Still slow, but they finally replied after 30 hours and profess to be working on it. There’s a new problem, though.
Update, 9:25 PM: I forgot to mention: server loads are reportedly very high right now, which I can confirm for my server.
Update, July 26 at 4:40 PM: A-ha; sometimes the symptom is only indirectly related to the cause.