Beta Preview Database Refresh Scheduled For Monday March 3, 2008

Update  2008-03-06: This refresh has been delayed in order to avoid impacting testing of a current Havok4 build, and to accomodate other uses of the Beta Preview. We currently expect to do this refresh late next week.

This post applies only to the Second Life Beta Preview Grid, and this refresh will have no effect on your normal Second Life user account.

The Beta Preview database, which contains all user account and inventory information for the Havok4 (and Mono) Beta Preview grid, will be refreshed on Monday March 3rd.

This will take the Beta Preview offline for a period of up to 24 hours, and will result in:

* User account list updated so that accounts present on Second Life as of Feb 28, 2008 may log in on the Beta Preview

* User inventory updated to match Second Life inventory as of Feb 28, 2008

Please note that this operation REPLACES any and all inventory and user account information on the Beta Preview, so if you have scripts that you do not want to lose, and they only exist there, please log in and save them before the database refresh starts. In addition, any content placed out in-world on the Beta Preview will be removed by the refresh.

Mono beta testers need to know a couple of additional details. The recent update to the latest Mono breaks scripts compiled before that update. If you receive this error:

1.2 MONO: Script run-time error
1.2 MONO: System.Security.VerificationException: A system exception has occurred.
at LindenLab.SecondLife.Script.Deserialize (System.Byte[] class_data, System.Byte[] object_data)

… you will need to recompile the script so that it acquires the latest

If you have developed scripts on the beta grid, they will no longer be
in your inventory after Monday’s db refresh. You should copy / paste the
scripts to files on your computer until after the refresh.

Sidewinder Linden
Havok4 Program Manager

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6 Responses to Beta Preview Database Refresh Scheduled For Monday March 3, 2008

  1. Dante Tucker says:

    Awesome, been waiting for the next refresh.
    I remember back during voice beta testing the refreshes were almost every week. I wonder why they are so uncommon now.

    Wow.. when voice first came out, that sure was fun… people flying over head doing peter griffin impressions.. lol

  2. Sidewinder Linden says:

    @1 Dante: I’ve been holding off on Beta Preview refreshes, because at this point they take the preview grid offline for about 24 hours. Given that type of offline time I’ve been waiting until people start asking for a refresh, figuring that more availability of the Beta Preview is a better choice than being completely up to date with user accounts. Maybe should split the difference, more like once a month?



  3. Phantom Ninetails says:

    Excellent, I’m glad this is happenning. I have no complaints. Thanks, Sidewinder. 🙂

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  5. MarkByron Falta says:

    Maybe I missed an interim blog, but the refresh has yet to occur – what’s the status?

  6. awhitecloud camel says:

    how can one sign up for the beta?

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