That Time I Dropped The Production Datab ...

That Time I Dropped The Production Database

Feb 04, 2024

I was reminded recently about how a GitLab engineer managed to delete the prod database, and that got me thinking about one of my biggest (production) mistakes.

It's  been at least 5 years since this happened so I think it's safe to tell  the story of when I dropped a production database of one of my clients.

At  the time I was working on a (pretty large) Drupal website for an  international organization. The site consisted of an extensive content  area and allowed users to make anonymous purchases through the website,  which were sent to a CRM every night. It was hosted on the Acquia platform and used BLT to perform the day-to-day development operations on the site.

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