Hi Everyone,

As has been indicated by Mojang’s recent update notes, Minecraft 1.9 is starting to take shape and approach the final release phase. Judging by these notes, and allowing time for pre releases etc, we estimate that it is probably about a month up until release. With this in mind, we need to give you some information and plans about the intended release path for our second major Minecraft update. We have been busily tracking snapshots as best we can since July and hope to have something out at the same time, or just after the official release of 1.9. Without knowing specific dates, the development plan continues forward as follows:

  1. Bring snapshot branches up to date with current master branch, as well as current snapshot releases.
  2. Perform testing in a similar manner to 1.8.
    1. This time the server will be community managed, and anyone is free to make changes to plugin configurations! https://github.com/SpigotMC/SpigotCraft
  3. Repeat steps 1-2 until pre-release.
  4. Update to pre-release and publish draft API.
  5. Update to official release, and release development versions of Bukkit, CraftBukkit and Spigot.
    1. API may (unlikely) be broken between here and final release.
  6. Release stable version to all BuildTools users around the time of 1.9.1.
We will also be doing some needed updates to the API, some of which will be breaking or backwards incompatible. At this point in time they include:

  • Removal of Painting*Event
    • Replaced by Hanging*Event since October 2012
  • Removal of ContainerBlock
    • Replaced by InventoryHolder since March 2012
  • Deprecate ItemInHand
    • Replaced by ItemInMainHand and ItemInOffHand
    • Defaults to ItemInMainHand
  • Remove support for non...
As most of you would have noticed by now, we've had more than our fair share of downtime in the last two months, and in particular two major incidents lasting more than six hours (one of which was last night).

Roughly since our last scheduled maintenance, the virtual server running most of the forums has been experiencing sporadic hung tasks every couple of weeks. Normally it's easy enough to simply hard reset the server when this occurs, but sometimes (ie: when I am sleeping), this is not possible.

Due to the sporadic and nonspecific nature of these hangs, we have been unable to pinpoint their exact cause. The coincidence with our last major software upgrades would normally be a telltale sign of something gone wrong, however both the host and virtual server are tracking Debian Stable (Wheezy), which only upgrades for security fixes and select bug fixes, generally avoiding any regressions.

We've tried a number of different workarounds for the issue, including upgrading all software once again, and enabling hung_task_panic. Unfortunately for whatever reason, this option doesn't actually seem to work as intended in our configuration.

Tonight we've made a couple of further changes. We've completely updated and restarted the host node, in case of any lingering gremlins, and we've also enabled the libvirt watchdog. This latest addition should provide guaranteed error recovery in the event of future crashes.

Finally, towards the end of this month we will be rebuilding this infrastructure on new hardware.

~Spigot Team

PS: If you are in Russia and require a VPN to access the forums, please let us know via email: [email protected] - it seems the government has blocked our CloudFlare IPs for being shared with...
EDIT: All work has now been completed. Actual downtime was < 3 minutes.

Tomorrow at 5am UTC time we will be performing some scheduled maintenance on the forums (just boring stuff like adding more storage and ensuring everything still knows how to reboot).

Estimated impact is less than 15 minutes.

Thanks for flying Air SpigotMC,

~Spigot Team
EDIT: Upgrade has been completed 5 September 2015.

Soon™ we will be updating the forums to XenForo 1.5.

As part of this process, we will be moving from a 3rd party two factor authentication addon, to the one built into XenForo itself. As no suitable converter exists between these two formats, we will be forced to disable two factor authentication for all accounts that currently use it. In order to ensure that accounts with two factor authentication currently enabled remain secure to a high standard, we will also be mandating a password reset for these accounts.

This post serves as advanced warning, that if you currently use two factor auth, you will be unable to log in once we update, and must perform a password reset.

The date of this update is not yet fixed, however it will in all likelihood occur at 5am UTC Saturday 12th September. We are also considering the same time on Saturday 5th September. Downtime will be between 1-2 hours during which no parts of the forums will be available.

We will keep you updated as more details are finalised.
~Spigot Team
Hi everyone,

A short while ago Mojang pre-released Minecraft 1.8.8 which contains a small handful of server changes. As there are no changes which impact plugin support or server administration in any way, we have updated to this build and released it in place of 1.8.4, 1.8.5, 1.8.6 and 1.8.7. If you are currently using any of these builds, you should update at your earliest convenience.

In order to get this updated server, simply run the latest BuildTools, eg:
Code (Text):
java -jar BuildTools.jar
If you haven't used BuildTools to create a server jar yet, it is suggested you first read the 1.8 announcement and the additional BuildTools info thread.

If you have any issues, please don't hesitate to ask for support on either the IRC channel (chat tab above), or the forums. The bug tracker (on hub.spigotmc.org) is also available, however please keep entries there limited to actual, verified bugs.

Hope you enjoy,
~Spigot Team

PS: BuildTools has recently been updated to #41, if you haven't already, you should update too! https://hub.spigotmc.org/jenkins/job/BuildTools/