Postmortem: a Mastodon outage, Backup restore and preventive Maintenance


After reading about Mastodon UI theming options, I decided to follow the directions from the TangerineUI-for-Mastodon project to get another look’n’feel on my instance. The directions were pretty clear and short, so I went for them. But something failed during assets compilation process. And my Mastodon instance got wrecked. As a personnal “challenge”, I decided I would write a software post-mortem about this event. The end of the document will also summarize actions that were taken during post-backup-restoration maintenance phase.

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