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Important Towny Abyss 1.17.1 Update

Discussion in 'News & Announcements' started by TitanicFreak, Jul 31, 2021.

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  1. TitanicFreak

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    Good morning the MineSuperior community!

    Today we’re finally able to show off our first 1.17.1 server to everyone in the form of a 1.17.1 update to Towny Abyss, our current flagship Towny server. There are many many reasons why it took as long as it did to release our first 1.17.1 server. First we had to deal with the first update to the java software that Minecraft runs on in basically half a decade which had a profound impact on what we could run on our servers. We had to deal with anything from replacing plugins that would no longer work on 1.17.1 to having to modify our infrastructure so we could run multiple versions of java on the same machine without them conflicting. Add in oddities to plugin development (such as some plugins requiring java8 but others needing java16 to compile) and it’s proven to be a much more difficult update compared to 1.16.5.

    But all of that is behind us now, so let’s get into the changes that Towny Abyss will receive later today. Clearly the main thing is the addition of 1.17 mobs, blocks, and items such as the spy glass. To ensure everyone gets access to them we’re also resetting the resource world, the nether, and the end. We’re also replacing the old lackluster spawn with a brand new one that is frankly beautiful that you can see in the gallery section lower down in the post.

    Now you won’t have to wait long as I said earlier for this update. But since this is an update for an already existing server it’s going to be handled differently compared to a reset. This means there will be some downtime to apply the update, but it won’t be substantial downtime in the grand scheme of things. We’re going to be starting the 1.17.1 maintenance @ 3PM EDT later today and finishing up with it 30 minutes later @ 3:30PM EDT. Once the maintenance concludes all new content will be immediately available for everyone to enjoy.

    And for those readers who want to know about the fine details, here’s a list of all the little changes we’ve been forced to do to make 1.17.1 possible on Towny Abyss. Enjoy!

    • Updated our custom server software nicknamed "Mercury" to 1.17.1.
      • Updated way too many optimizations and API additions to 1.17.1.
      • Updated 34 plugins to support 1.17.1
    • Updated the operating system that Towny Abyss utilizes to one that is more secure, more performant, and has more tools to help us diagnose any future performance issues that we may face in the future.
    • Reset the Resource world
    • Reset the Nether world
    • Reset the End world
    • Replaced the spawn with a brand new one.
    • Containerized Towny Abyss alongside the rest of our network so they can have greater autonomy with what java version they run.
    • Updated the spawners plugin
      • Unfortunately the plugin we use for this was entirely remade for 1.17.1 meaning there’s issues with existing spawners in inventories, chests, etc. So we had to introduce a new set of spawners with a different color to signify they are different. These new ones will have green names while the old spawners will have a yellow name. To prevent the broken spawners from being utilized they won’t be placeable and will simply alert you to contact staff to have it swapped out with an identical set of new spawners. I should note this doesn’t affect spawners already placed, those will work just fine thanks to us converting all spawners placed down already.
    • Replaced our join messages plugin with one that was made in house.
    • Removed old legacy plugins that are no longer in use to free up disk space and improve overall performance.
    • Replaced our old administration software with one utilized already by the rest of the network. Simplifying our management duties and helping us do our job better.

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    @TitanicFreak - Infrastructure behind and management of the 1.17.1 update.
    @Pebbles - Configuration and implementation of all 1.17.1 changes and software.
    @Yive - Software development behind 1.17.1 update.
    @MineSuperior Staff Team - General beta testing of Towny Abyss 1.17.1
     
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