MPU Meeting Tuesday 29th November 2011

AFS automation project

Nothing happened.

LCFG Server Refactoring

Stephen has moved the code into subversion, mainly so that the LCFG build tools can be used, especially the macro expansion. Alastair has been trying out the new server on the DIY DICE server and has found a few bugs. One bug was in the server component's run method. There was a dependency problem which especially affected machines using small-server.h.

Install Scripts

Waiting for sign-off.

Wake On LAN

The first version of http://wake.inf.ed.ac.uk is up and running and in use by some (happy and grateful!) test users. Testing has thrown up the need for some additions, and in particular Stephen suggested that for convenience wolclient.users could contain netgroups as well as usernames, and that the CGI could group its results using profile.group data, and that this would be easier to do by getting the CGI to use Template Toolkit rather than outputting its own HTML.

Simple KVM Service

Chris and Stephen should try out Alastair's instructions on using the service.

Server Upgrades

Alastair has started the upgrade of diydice but has stalled it until the problems with the new server have been ironed out.

Miscellaneous Development

Operational

  • Stephen's putting the finishing touches to his security report.
  • Stephen and Simon have been looking at some error messages from aklog. It turns out that an old X preference file, .xlog, in some homedirs is now used by aklog to hold a list of other AFS cells. Going through the contents of an old .xlog can slow down aklog quite a lot. Stephen is contacting the people who have a .xlog to suggest that they delete it.
  • auditd isn't starting properly from the boot component and Stephen has been trying to find out why. It should be started by an init script as it has to start very early, then be reconfigured by the auditd component later in the boot process. However it's exiting with a mysterious exit status. Alastair suggested the possibility of a conflict between init and upstart and Stephen will look into this.
  • Alastair has a date for the KB fibrechannel downtime - Monday afternoon. At that time the FC switch RSCN settings will be changed. After that Alastair will be able to change northern at leisure.

... work in progress ...

This Week

  • Alastair
    • Test northern against reconfigured satabeast
    • Pass BIOS settings to USU
    • Consider focus for perl learning
    • Stable release of 30th Nov
    • Finish KVM documentation
    • Investigate updaterpms timeout issues (wrt AFS hangs)
    • Finish work on installroot re multiple interfaces and timeouts (calling udhcpc correctly)
    • continue DIYDICE SL6 (and other SL6 server work)

  • Chris
    • Try kvm service on circle
    • WoL project
    • Remove gnome smartd applet for SL6

  • Gordon

  • Stephen
    • Announce only two further stable releases of 2011
    • Finish security incident report
    • Fix LCFG server bugs Alastair found wrt diydice
    • Desktop ssh header
    • Contact users re .xlog file
    • Try kvm service on circle

-- AlastairScobie - 29 Nov 2011

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