Cydia Operating “Below Capacity,” Saurik Updates Homepage with News about Amazon EC2 Outage

By , Apr 24, 2011

Cydia’s backend has been extensively affected by Amazon’s EC2 outage. Towards the end of last week, Amazon’s popular EC2 cloud computing service went offline and affected many heavily-trafficked services across the internet.

When EC2 went under, Cydia’s store and account infrastructure went with it. Any type of account activity remained unavailable until EC2 slowly started kicking back in over the weekend.

Cydia’s creator and admin, saurik, has posted an update to Cydia’s homepage explaining the issues that Cydia has been experiencing for the past 84+ hours.

“Amazon EC2, which hosts Cydia’s internal website, has been having extreme issues for – 40 hours. This outage affects the ability to purchase paid products, the Theme Center, and Manage Account. I (saurik) have been sleeping in hour-and-a-half shifts since this outage began in order to keep a dialog open with Amazon “Premium Support” regarding this issue. Recently, enough access was recovered in order for me to modify the home page to add this message.

Unfortunately, Amazon’s status and ETAs have been confusingly vague and highly optimistic throughout the experience, causing me to be unable to make good decisions about disaster recovery choices. At this time, the latest news from Amazon AWS (as of two hours ago) was “that this will take 3-4 hours until full access is restored.” Meanwhile, Premium Support has asked engineering to prioritize recovering Cydia’s infrastructure. (For those interested in this sort of thing: this is the same Amazon EC2 outage that has been affecting other sites like reddit and foursquare.)

I (saurik) have been sleeping in hour-and-a-half shifts since this outage began in order to keep a dialog open with Amazon “Premium Support” regarding this issue. At some point, enough access was recovered in order for me to modify the home page to add this message.

Unfortunately, Amazon’s status and ETA’s have been confusingly vague and highly optimistic throughout the experience, causing me to be unable to make good decisions and disaster recovery choices. Premium Support has managed to get my backend databases, both the Whole Package Index and payment database, online. I commend their ability to put up with someone who has gotten so little sleep as myself.

Unfortunately, Cydia is currently operating “below capacity,” and is not keeping up with user demand. I am looking into this issue currently and imagine that this will smooth out as my data is recached to RAM.”

If you’re getting a lot of “HTTP/1.1 403 Forbidden” errors in Cydia, now you know why. Package upgrades and all other account-related activities are affected by this EC2 outage.

We commend saurik for giving up his sleep to make sure Cydia is operating as smoothly as it can. Hopefully this Amazon EC2 problem won’t last much longer.

Let’s show the jailbreak community some love in the comments below!

UPDATE: It appears that Cydia is finally back online and working smoothly. A huge thanks to saurik for his dedication.

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  • c0edx

    Great job saurik!!! Now thats a dedicated guy for the Jailbreak community.

  • Casey Butt

    You are too late!!! Its a too days old story circulating around the Internet. Latest is that everything is fine with Amazon EC2 server. Saurik’s Cydia has no issues now. Kindly update it

    • c0edx

      Two* (2). Great job on the post Alex, thanks for the update.

  • MrA

    I think you pasted the “I (saurik) have been sleeping in hour-and-a-half shifts…” quotes twice. Or else I’m just having major dejavu.

  • 8ruky

    It’s settled. Time to move on

  • http://thomasrossrepo.netai.net 7h0masr0ss

    thanks Saurik! you are so helpful in the Jailbreak community.

  • JimmyK

    Nuff love to saurik from the uk jb community

  • Pam

    Wow. Unreal that it took that long for them to fix the problem. Sleep long Saurik! You deserve it :)

  • appletiser

    nothing has changed apart from Cydia’s homepage being back to normal. I can’t update the 2 tweaks I’ve been needing to do for the past 80+ hours without forbidden errors appearing :-|

  • Chas

    A big thanks to saurik from the Northern Ireland jb community

  • Edwin

    Saurik did an amazing job. Seriously, we should all be donating to the guy. Doing all this, amid insults and ungrateful comments, with very little sleep, is truly amazing. F##king awesome job.

  • BossWaw

    hayz alwayz pointing out the word “1 1/2 hour” hardly trying to show ro us a hardworker instinc,, i mean derz no necesity even der no way to impress us men!! i mean “1 1/2 hour” sleep r so imposible to achieve,, men,, we r not bourn yesterday men,, just i wana say ,, nice try!!!