DNS problems of indymedia.org

Autonome Sonne

In the night before the 23rd of March all indymedia.org subdomains were unavailable due to technical reasons. The cause of the problem was the DNS name resolution, Indymedia linksunten was available at yser.mayfirst.org and at any time.


If you open a website you usually enter an URL (actually: URI) in the address bar of your browser. In the case of Indymedia linksunten this is linksunten.indymedia.org but yser.mayfirst.org does work as well. Both URLs point to the same IP address:


If you do not call the IP address directly then the URL must be converted into an IP address. This conversion is handled by DNS servers. To ensure that this important function does not fail there are always at lest two DNS servers responsible for each URL – this is true for indymedia.org and at the same time for every indymedia.org subdomains like linksunten.indymedia.org, too.


Tonight, one of the DNS servers was routinely powered down for maintenance purposes. Unfortunately, the second DNS server dropped out during this period of time which caused a total failure of the DNS conversions of all indymedia.org subdomains in IP addresses. When this problem is solved, linksunten.indymedia.org will be available at this URL again.


We suggest to bookmark yser.mayfirst.org. This way, you can open Indymedia linksunten even if the DNS resolution of indymedia.org at some point does not work. We have used the downtime to moderate all content which had not been moderated yet. And now we'll take a sunbathing until the struggle continues.


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