Email Received From Staff During Site Outage
Thank you for your very courteous and helpful message during the recent site outage, notifying us of the issue. ;D
I was surprised and pleased to see the courtesy you extended to your members by sending out an email to all your members with the very helpful information which enabled us to access the site by modifying the hosts file.
I don't know who came up with the idea of sending that out, but I would like to personally thank you with a blow job. >:D
I agree it was good to know that you guys where working to fix the problem and give us a way around to access the site..
Thats what they call a good service! ;D
Thanks to the feedback from members (and staff) being on Mac OS X and Linux, we will be able to send an improved version in case of need (I am knocking on wood) including instructions for that system.
This far, I have seen instructions for Ubuntu Desktop, only, but not for other distributions.
As far as I know all different *nix implementations have their "hosts" file located in /etc (in case I'm mistaken - please update my knowledge and give us other locations!)
This file is usually a privileged file it may only be edited by a user with root permissions. a root user can edit this file with his preferred editor from a console window (or his preferred GUI-editor). Because the current MAC OS/X is based on linux the linux and MAC versions to handle that file are rather similar. Sorry, dunno about earlier MAC versions
My last GNU/Linux configuration last to much time to be of help, Gentoo at that time.
The way described by a user was using the "sudo" method, to my experience not all distributions have or allow that method to acquire root user rights. Some need to loin as user "root".