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October 21 post-incident analysis

Last week, GitHub experienced an incident that resulted in degraded service for 24 hours and 11 minutes. While portions of our platform were not affected by this incident, multiple internal systems were affected which resulted in our displaying of information that was out of date and inconsistent. Ultimately, no user data was lost; however manual reconciliation for a few seconds of database writes is still in progress. For the majority of the incident, GitHub was also unable to serve webhook events or build and publish GitHub Pages sites.

All of us at GitHub would like to sincerely apologize for the impact this caused to each and every one of you. We’re aware of the trust you place in GitHub and take pride in building resilient systems that enable our platform to remain highly available. With this incident, we failed you, and we are deeply sorry. …

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The Top 6 Most Popular Posts from 2014

This year is just about over. It’s almost time to welcome 2015. In celebration of a fun year of sharing Sphinx-things, let’s review 2014′s most popular posts. 1: Use Sphinx With MySQL This one leads by a huge margin. Not a surprise. Many MySQL users get frustrated with MySQL’s native fulltext search after hitting a [...]

Sphinx Search Quick Tour using a MySQL Datasource

You can find a ‘Quick Usage Tour’ in our documentation. In this post, I’m going to walk you through that tour and elaborate on a few things. Enjoy! Things to consider I’m assuming you’ve already installed MySQL. Sphinx does not require that you use MySQL, but the following examples do. I’m installing Sphinx on Ubuntu [...]

Set up an SSL-encrypted connection between Sphinx and MySQL

A Wolf, a Dolphin and a Sphinx walk into a bar… nevermind. We’ll skip the jokes. This post is about using SSL to set up a secure connection between MySQL and Sphinx. Serious stuff! The Idea It simple. We’re going to use Sphinx to index some data from MySQL across a secure connection. So, we’ll [...]

A GeoSpatial Search Odyssey

This post walks through some examples of using the geospatial functions provided by MySQL and Sphinx. Enjoy! Getting Started First of all, here are some helpful resources: We wrote about geospatial search with Sphinx in this blog post. It has a more Sphinx-specific focus than this post. Alexander Rubin wrote these helpful articles: “Creating Geo [...]

Query Sphinx with Node.js

You probably already know that Sphinx supports MySQL binary network protocol. But, if you haven’t heard– Sphinx can be accessed with the regular ol’ MySQL API. Pretty much any language you use to query MySQL can be used to query Sphinx. So, in this post, to demonstrate how using ‘SphinxQL’ (our subset of SQL) makes [...]

Sphinx Searches Gmail with MySQL and PHP

There may come a time when you want to collect some of your emails, put them into a database, and search them with Sphinx. If that time has come, you may enjoy this blog post. It will outline one way to get emails from Gmail into MySQL (with PHP’s IMAP extension) so that they become [...]

Sphinx in Docker. The basics.

With an ear to the interwebs, you’ll hear a few things about Docker. Docker is an open platform for developers and sysadmins to build, ship, and run distributed applications. In this blog post, I’m going to outline a very basic example of how to use Sphinx from within a Docker container. What is Docker? This [...]

Getting Started with Sphinx?

Here are a few videos those of you who are just getting started with Sphinx may find useful. The first video demonstrates a very simple implementation with Ubuntu, PHP, and MySQL. The second video is also about installing on Ubuntu. And, the last video discusses fulltext query syntax. Check ‘em out. Quick Start with Ubuntu [...]

Walking through the Autocomplete Example

If you would like to see how to set up autocomplete and correction suggestion with Sphinx, PHP, MySQL, and jQuery, take a look at this. This quick video will walk you through the steps of setting up the autocomplete example that we wrote about a while ago. For details on how the whole process works, go [...]

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