By: Gigaom
September 11, 2012 at 12:57 PM EDT
Uh oh: Github’s down!
It's bad enough when Twitter or Facebook fail, but when Github goes down, real work is affected. And Github has now gone down twice in two days. Developers want to know: what's up with that?

Github, a go-to site among software developers for shared code and related information, is having a bad couple of days.

The site experienced a major outage early Tuesday. At 8:35 a.m. PST, it posted that it took down a bad database and was working to restore the affected database cluster. Over the course of the morning the company’s status site alternated between “major service outage” and “partial service outage” messages.

Distributed version control is so much harder to use when your central server is down. #Github
Greg Raiz (@graiz) September 11, 2012

The problems may be rippling from outages on Monday when the site was down for just short of 20 minutes, according to The Next Web.

Github going down is no small thing. Developers from newbies to superstars like Ray Ozzie (former chief software architect for Microsoft ) love the site, which acts as a central repository for much of the open-source code that runs our world.

As one Twitter poster commented, if Github isn’t working, real work doesn’t get done.

Staring at "Page did not respond in a timely fashion" just realized #github being down is now more important for me than fb or twitter down—
Adrian Spinei (@aspinei) September 11, 2012

A spokesman for the San Francisco-based company said it will publish a post mortem to its blog later today.


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