vultr doesn't let you shut down a server while it's creating a snapshot. however, it *did* let me run "shutdown now", which shuts down the server, and *then* start creating the snapshot.

i hope my snapshot doesn't get corrupted or anything... it takes quite a while to create one, and i really don't know how long it's going to take. i've been leaving the console window open waiting for it to be ready, but there's no progress bar or anything.

honestly, i'm pretty scared right now.

there's no way to cancel a snapshot, either, so i just have to wait. if it gets stuck forever i guess i'll have to contact vultr

"A snapshot is currently being taken of this instance. This process can take up to 60 minutes to complete."

we're at 30 minutes now. if it takes another half hour, i'm going to need to contact vultr. that will be at 10:40pm my time. this is already the most downtime i've ever had. i really hope it pulls through.

the good news is that even if i've somehow completely destroyed the server and it'll never work again, i have a 4-hour old backup i can restore from. i'd lose four hours of mastodon data which the other instances believe i have, which might make federating behave a little weird.

i need to go do anything else... a watched pot never boils and this is making me really anxious

i was just about to start doing something else and the snapshot completed

let's hope it works...

every single step of the way of this process has been really nerve-wracking and this is hopefully the final one (apart from updating IPs)

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