FYI sunhelp.org down
Maciej W. Rozycki
macro at linux-mips.org
Wed Oct 14 21:07:39 CDT 2020
On Wed, 14 Oct 2020, Grant Taylor via cctalk wrote:
> > I posted to <rescue at sunhelp.org> and saw my message got stuck in the mail
> > queue.
> When did you send your message? I'm trying to judge when the problem started.
Last Mon, Oct 12th. The last message I received from the mailing list
was on Oct 1st. WHOIS has this though:
Domain Name: MRBILL.NET
Registry Domain ID: 1373333_DOMAIN_NET-VRSN
Registrar WHOIS Server: whois.namecheap.com
Registrar URL: http://www.namecheap.com
Updated Date: 2020-10-11T07:01:46Z
Creation Date: 1996-10-11T04:00:00Z
Registry Expiry Date: 2021-10-10T04:00:00Z
Registrar: NameCheap, Inc.
Registrar IANA ID: 1068
Registrar Abuse Contact Email: abuse at namecheap.com
Registrar Abuse Contact Phone: +1.6613102107
Domain Status: clientTransferProhibited https://icann.org/epp#clientTransferProhibited
Name Server: DNS101.REGISTRAR-SERVERS.COM
Name Server: DNS102.REGISTRAR-SERVERS.COM
URL of the ICANN Whois Inaccuracy Complaint Form: https://www.icann.org/wicf/
so I take it the original domain went down on Oct 11th at ~7am; OTOH
sunhelp.org itself has yet two years to go (as you have also observed).
> > I can still reach Bill Bradford's personal page when I connect to the server
> > by its IPv4 address at: <http://126.96.36.199/>.
> Thanks to John's quick thinking, it's now possible to hot wire things so that
> you can get to sunhelp.org, et al.
> The hot wiring that I did seems to have been sufficient to allow email to flow
> to sunhelp.org. I've since sent a message to a few people inquiring about the
> current state of the ongoing rescue operation.
> The last I knew, some of Bill's co-workers were going to take things over.
> If anyone cares to similarly hot wire things on their end, I configured my
> recursive DNS servers to forward Bill's domains to John K.'s DNS server
> (188.8.131.52). I also configured my email server to route sunhelp.org
> directly to ohno.mrbill.net.
I suppose the list server relies on the same nameservers in a way that
prevents e-mail distribution from happening. I have since resubmitted the
same message manually to sunhelp.org's SMTP receiver (the original message
is still in the outgoing mail queue:
B/W/23993316: (196 tries, expires in 2d17h) smtp; 466 (No DNS response for host: sunhelp.org; h_errno=0)
) to see what happens and got a DSN ack even, but the message did not get
through. So local hot wiring of name resolution (which I suppose could be
as easy as adding a /etc/hosts entry rather than going through the hoops
of setting up a manipulated name server) might be good enough to get at
the web pages, but not to get the list going.
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