MPU Meeting Wednesday 16th August 2017


Support for KVM guests has been completed including the necessary changes for kvmtool to register new guests. There is a sync script on each server which can cope with migrations.

LCFG Client refactoring

The data structure used for storing lists of packages was reworked to use hashing which makes it much, much faster at the expense of slightly more memory usage.

Testing revealed some minor issues, in particular related to printing lists of packages or resources to a filehandle from Perl, which have been resolved.

Miscellaneous development

package bucket quotes
We need a script which can run regularly to monitor the available space in the package buckets, Chris will take a look.


The holding page for pkgsearch has been moved to the host.

KVM server upgrades
The two servers at KB - vermelha and amarela have been upgraded to SL7.3. azul will be done tonight, Stephen will do those in AT, Alastair will do gaivota and Chris will do girassol. There is a problem with the libvirt-guests service not suspending all guests when it is stopped.

Moving dice desktops between wires
We need to test the MovingWires instructions to ensure that COs can move their desktops from the Forum to AT.

This Week

  • Alastair
    • Inventory project
      • continue working through TartarusWorkFlow
      • Document clientreport (eg how to add modules)
      • Document order sync code
      • Document hpreport processing script
      • Continue work on RESTful API - TartarusRESTAPI
      • Document REST API
      • Write more of the ii commands and document as writing.
      • Start work on final report!
      • How represent VMs
      • Continue with REST API testing framework
      • Consider what else needs done other than docs and tidying and backups
      • Blog something....take dev meeting talks
    • Deploy encrypted /tmp and swap conversion script
      • Need to warn users that Gnome3 may pop up a window about /tmp being full (when script is run)
      • Do by July 26th July
      • Now down to 10 desktops, mainly COs
    • Schedule MPU meeting to discuss systemd ordering
    • Check sysmans (et al) have 'nograce'.
    • Take a look at RT #78875
    • Look at /etc/hosts - dns issue (IPV6?)
      • work out what we need to fix current problem
    • Circulate info on RH7.3 systemd changes we may wish to consider
    • RT actions (as agreed)
    • Deploy disable-module header on all servers
      • Defer until return from hols in July in case of problems
    • Is there a route via libvirt to mark a VM as being disabled ?
      • Only option looks like adding something like DISABLED to the name of the first disk image
      • Is it possible to add additional fields into the XML file which a local script could interpret?
    • Look at Stephen's 'Thoughts on shell components'
    • Upgrade azul and gaivota to 7.3
    • Look at MPUActivitiesList

  • Chris
    • Inventory project
      • Continue work on clientreport modules for replacing firmwarereport
    • Upgrade girassol to 7.3
    • Produce script to monitor package volume usage
      • run on deneb, using contents of /etc/buckets.conf to find which AFS volumes to check
    • Look at MPUActivitiesList

  • Stephen
    • LCFG client refactor stage 2
      • testing and documentation
    • LCFG server symlink to exam branches - produce reporting script and discuss with Graham
    • submit polkit bug to redhat - with Alastair (still exists under 7.3)
    • Draft a position note on shell components under SL8 and possible ways forward
    • Produce some text for systemd mount bug (to submit to RH)
    • RT actions (as per agreed list) once 7.3 fully deployed
    • Take issue of disable per user journald logs on certain servers to OPS
    • Schedule jubilee downtime to move to SOL
    • Consider PD work for after LCFG client
    • File bug against lcfg-systemd - spurious warnings about missing targets at first boot.
    • Reboot ssh servers to get latest kernel
    • Upgrade waterloo and oyster to 7.3
    • Test IP change dance on development PC (in prep for AT move)
    • Look at MPUActivitiesList

-- AlastairScobie - 16 Aug 2017

Topic revision: r5 - 24 Sep 2019 - 13:50:24 - AlastairScobie
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