Popular source code repository SourceForge is experiencing a Total Inability To Support Usual Performance (TITSUP) incident and appears to be attempting to recover big slabs of the site.
Reader David H says he tried to visit the site and received a message that the site is in “disaster recovery mode". The Register's visits to the site found its front page was in good order but attempts to go any deeper or to access project pages produced the 404 message at the top of this story (here for readers on mobile devices).
The company's issued the Tweet below to explain the problem.
#SourceForge site is read-only, developer services disabled due to storage infra fault. Service restoral work in-progress, ETA to follow— SF.net Operations (@sfnet_ops) July 17, 2015
The source of SourceForge's storage infrastructure isn't easily divined, but jobs listings on the site of parent company Dice Holdings make frequent mention of a Linux environment, Oracle and/or other SQL databases.
Sourceforge's DNS is linked to the IP address 126.96.36.199, which some Whois querying suggests is an IP address tended to by data centre operator CenturyLink. That entity offers colocation - in which case the broken storage is SourceForge's own - and cloud storage backed by an un-named supplier.
The Register will update this story if new information comes to hand.
The outage heaps more misery on SourceForge, which recently earned users' ire after baking adware into some of the software it offers for downloads without consulting the authors. ®