Just a quick note to wish everyone a very Merry Christmas and Happy New Year.

Hopefully Santa has brought you everything you wished for and you all get to spend some quality time with your friends and family.

Thanks for a wonderful 2015, and we're all looking forward to an even better 2016. Until then most staff will be taking a much deserved break, so we suggest you all do the same.

Happy Holidays
~Spigot Team

We are currently trialling a ticket system to handle email requests to the forums staff. As such, now is a good time to remind everyone about how to contact staff when issues arise. In general 90% of the time it is sufficient to open a report rather than doing anything else.

When to Open a Report
  • When there is an issue with either your own content, or someone else's:
    • Message
    • Thread
    • Resource
    • Account
When to Send an Email to [email protected]
  • When you have a general question or inquiry that only staff can answer.
  • When you have been banned or cannot access your account.
When to Private Message
  • Please do not private message staff.
~Spigot Staff
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