Thursday, May 14, 2009

UK / European Bloggers Reporting Old Blog Content Being Displayed

If you're in the UK / Europe / Middle East, and viewing your blog, and you refresh the display - maybe because you published a new post, or changed the template - and you think that what you're seeing now isn't quite right, it may not be your imagination. We have various reports from UK / Europe / Middle East bloggers of seeing old blog content, periodically, when refreshing their browser. Some, maybe not all, seem to report their blog published to a custom domain ie Google server.

The symptom here resembles the presence of an upstream cache, but the cache may be in Google physical space.

Today being Patch Tuesday, and with this problem having apparently started in the UK / Europe, one might think of Microsoft Updates as being a contributing factor. But with the comments below mentioning Firefox and Safari as much as Internet Explorer, that's not a strong probability. Only time will tell whether bloggers in the Americas, and later, Asia, are also affected.

If you're experiencing this problem, please provide diagnostics in a comment below. Everybody can subscribe to the comment thread for this post, to track this.
  • Where are you? Country and city is appreciated.
  • What ISP do you use?
  • What browser and operating system (name and version please) do you use?
  • What is the BlogSpot and domain URLs of the blog involved?
  • Is it your blog?
  • A log from either PathPing (preferred), or from TraceRt (useful still), would be very appreciated.
  • If possible, join the discussion in my forum (approval for membership required, be patient please).


(Update 5/17 13:00): It appears that this problem may not be fixed, for everybody.

(Update 5/15): It looks like the emergency is over. Possibly related to the Asian routing path in the Google network.

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19 comments:

Matt said...

1. I am in the UK
2. My ISP is Zen Internet
3. Safari 4 Beta (Mac OS X), Build 5528.17
4. Custom Domain (http://www.mattkingshott.com)
4. Blogspot URL (http://matthewkingshott.blogspot.com)
5. Yes.
6. Traceroute:

traceroute www.mattkingshott.com
traceroute to ghs.l.google.com (74.125.77.121), 64 hops max, 40 byte
packets
1 192.168.0.1 (192.168.0.1) 2.297 ms 1.353 ms 1.874 ms
2 gandhi-dsl1.wh.zen.net.uk (62.3.83.5) 17.523 ms 17.914 ms
17.594 ms
3 erazmus-ge-0-0-1-3.wh.zen.net.uk (62.3.80.197) 16.566 ms 20.204
ms *
4 leibniz-ge-3-0-0-0.te.zen.net.uk (62.3.80.45) 22.686 ms 30.449
ms 25.687 ms
5 195.66.224.125 (195.66.224.125) 27.346 ms 32.466 ms 29.211 ms
6 209.85.252.40 (209.85.252.40) 25.012 ms 25.906 ms 27.206 ms
7 72.14.233.63 (72.14.233.63) 31.121 ms 66.249.95.130
(66.249.95.130) 25.975 ms 209.85.248.80 (209.85.248.80) 32.274 ms
8 72.14.239.199 (72.14.239.199) 36.842 ms 72.14.239.197
(72.14.239.197) 36.953 ms 36.485 ms
9 209.85.255.106 (209.85.255.106) 36.402 ms 209.85.255.166
(209.85.255.166) 38.930 ms 72.14.239.197 (72.14.239.197) 36.186 ms
10 209.85.255.110 (209.85.255.110) 49.088 ms 209.85.255.98
(209.85.255.98) 48.947 ms 209.85.255.110 (209.85.255.110) 40.055 ms
11 ew-in-f121.google.com (74.125.77.121) 37.236 ms 36.802 ms
35.254 ms

Craig Sharp said...

I'm based in the UK
My ISP is Nildram
I use Firefox 3
My domain is http://www.originalsharpsays.com
It's my blog

It's also worth noting that the error does not seem to appear when I access my site from work, I can't tell you which ISP they use because I don't know, but the browser is IE7?

Matt said...

Strange, it seems to be fixed for me. I can't get back to the old version.
I'm not sure if the cache was updated or what, however I did edit a widget in the template HTML.

I'll advise if the problem comes back tomorrow.

mememo said...

Im ion ireland
My ISP is eircom
I use IE8
My domain http://animefiguresales.blogspot.com/
Its my blog

mememo said...

Im in ireland
My ISP is eircom
I use IE8
My domain http://animefiguresales.blogspot.com/

Sven Ortmann said...

* Are you in the UK?
Germany.

* What ISP do you use?
netcologne

* What browser (name and version please) do you use?
problem occurs in IE7 and firefox3.0.10

* What is the BlogSpot and domain URLs of the blog involved?
http://defense-and-freedom.blogspot.com/

* Is it your blog?
yes

The problem does not always occur, it's ok sometimes.

Sven Ortmann said...

* Are you in the UK?
Germany.

* What ISP do you use?
netcologne

* What browser (name and version please) do you use?
problem occurs in IE7 and firefox3.0.10

* What is the BlogSpot and domain URLs of the blog involved?
http://defense-and-freedom.blogspot.com/

* Is it your blog?
yes

The problem does not always occur, it's ok sometimes.

Phil Fennell said...
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Phil Fennell said...

Are you in the UK?
Yes

What ISP do you use?
Orange Internet

What browser (name and version please) do you use?
Chrome 1.0.154.65

What is the BlogSpot and domain URLs of the blog involved?
http://philfennellshow.blogspot.com
http://www.philfennellshow.co.uk

Is it your blog?
Yes

Tracert

C:\>tracert www.philfennellshow.co.uk

Tracing route to ghs.l.google.com [74.125.77.121]
over a maximum of 30 hops:

1 11 ms 3 ms 4 ms Livebox-1FB0 [192.168.1.1]
2 * * * Request timed out.
3 * * * Request timed out.
4 * * * Request timed out.
5 * * * Request timed out.
6 * * * Request timed out.
7 * * * Request timed out.
8 * * * Request timed out.
9 * * * Request timed out.
10 265 ms * * ew-in-f121.google.com [74.125.77.121]
11 101 ms 204 ms 101 ms ew-in-f121.google.com [74.125.77.121]

Trace complete.

Beata Ewa said...

1. I am in Norway
2. My ISP is Prediktor AS
3. I use Mozilla Firefox 3.0.10
4. My domain is www.beataewa.com
4. Blogspot URL: beataewa.blogspot.com
5. It is my blog
6. Traceroute:

Tracing route to www.google.com [74.125.79.147]

over a maximum of 30 hops:



1 1 ms 1 ms 1 ms 81.166.86.1

2 1 ms 1 ms 1 ms 84.234.175.137

3 1 ms 1 ms 1 ms 81.166.123.173

4 47 ms 45 ms 11 ms 64.215.28.45

5 26 ms 26 ms 26 ms 74.125.50.33

6 26 ms 26 ms 26 ms 209.85.254.250

7 80 ms 29 ms 29 ms 209.85.248.79

8 30 ms 30 ms 30 ms 209.85.255.166

9 39 ms 34 ms 37 ms 209.85.255.118

10 31 ms 31 ms 31 ms 74.125.79.147

Tory Rascal said...

1. I am in the UK.
2. I am with Sky Broadband, but I use OpenDNS.
3. Using Safari Version 4 Public Beta (5528.16) on an Intel MacBook Pro. Had the same problem earlier with Firefox on a PC at work (version unknown).
4. www.toryrascal.com and toryrascal.blogspot.com
5. It's my blog.

Had to use Apple Traceroute as I'm on a Mac:

Traceroute has started ...

traceroute to ghs.l.google.com (74.125.77.121), 64 hops max, 40 byte packets
1 192.168.0.1 (192.168.0.1) 4.905 ms 1.944 ms 1.862 ms
2 cr2.lsdep.uk.easynet.net (195.189.158.197) 22.760 ms 27.206 ms 25.539 ms
3 ip-87-87-178-1.easynet.co.uk (87.87.178.1) 21.231 ms 20.040 ms 19.640 ms
4 74.125.51.218 (74.125.51.218) 20.716 ms 21.057 ms 21.103 ms
5 74.125.51.217 (74.125.51.217) 21.223 ms 59.838 ms 20.902 ms
6 209.85.252.76 (209.85.252.76) 20.911 ms 20.635 ms 21.283 ms
7 209.85.241.84 (209.85.241.84) 21.837 ms 21.363 ms 209.85.248.80 (209.85.248.80) 29.394 ms
8 72.14.233.114 (72.14.233.114) 33.621 ms 64.233.175.246 (64.233.175.246) 31.532 ms 72.14.239.197 (72.14.239.197) 32.940 ms
9 209.85.255.106 (209.85.255.106) 34.950 ms 72.14.239.197 (72.14.239.197) 31.418 ms 33.916 ms
10 209.85.255.110 (209.85.255.110) 33.870 ms 42.922 ms 36.003 ms
11 ew-in-f121.google.com (74.125.77.121) 34.448 ms 34.184 ms 33.723 ms

דוס מיוזיק said...

I'm from Israel.

Provider: netvision
Notebook: ie8
www.dosmusic.co.il
dosmusic.blogspot.com

yes

Matt said...

Still working fine for me. I should point out I use OpenDNS as well, maybe something to look out for.

Craig Sharp said...

Seems to be okay now, whatever Blogger have done it's worked for me. I Google should look at their own systems first when a problem like this arises before blaming widgets and layouts.

Still, we got the result so thanks for the help Blogger :-)

mememo said...

My blog is working now too thanks for all the help

Beata Ewa said...

It looks like everything is fine on my blog now.
Thanks a lot for all your help!!!

Tory Rascal said...

It seems to be happening again; taking me back to an older version of my blog every other time I go to the homepage.

kristion1097 said...

Yes its happining again with me too =(

Beata Ewa said...

The error is back!!!! Everything was just fine til now...