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    * Critical? - Some crew run code (CGI scripts and other code) on the Starship. I'm not sure how critical any of that code is, but I would like to install Python 2.3 and our standard third party modules on the new Starship before launch. Should I be trying to tie in with Debian packages, or should I just build a non-packaged copy of everything in /usr/local/? (gward: if I figure out how to mirror part of the unstable distro [for Exim 4], we could just snarf Python 2.3 and modules from there. No doubt there will always be a certain amount of building from source, but there should be a lot less running Debian 'testing', especially if we *carefully* mix in bits and pieces of 'unstable') [tbryan: Hm. So are we going to be running 'testing' or 'stable'?]

Starship Python is Moving!

On September 1, 2003, the machine that has been hosting Starship Python (courtesy of Zope Corporation) will be shutdown. Consequently, Starship is being transferred to a new machine, kindly provided by Stefan Drees. This page exists so the Starship admins can keep track of what tasks have to be done, what tasks have been done, and who's taking care of what. Also, the Starship user community can track the progress of the transfer here.

If you're a Starship admin, feel free to update this page. Otherwise, please email webmaster@python.net if you want to add stuff to our to-do list.

Tasks for old Starship

  • determine disk usage patterns (ie. which directories use up the most space, and which users are responsible for those directories)

    BR[done: gward 2003/08/09]

  • browbeat top disk space users into cleaning up

    BR[partly done: gward 2003/08/10; but some of the top users @python.net addresses bounce]

  • find out which users no longer have a valid @python.net email address, and then run the

    following loop:BR

      for each user with no known forwarding address:
        if (user is "well-known" in the Python community) or
           (user has anything meaningful on starship):
          google to try to find a recent email address
          contact the user and ask:
            do they still need their starship account?
            what's their preferred email forwarding address?
            what's their SSH key (preferably SSHv2)?
          remove that user's account and all of their files

    BR[assigned: gward]

Tasks for new Starship

  • upgrade to Debian 'testing' (sarge)

    BR[done: sdrees 2003/08/07]

  • give the machine a proper hostname

    BR(will have to be in python2.net domain for now; once DNS service is transferred to a new provider, we can give it a python.net name -- anything but starship.python.net, of course!) Proposed proper hostname: drydock.python2.net ;) BR[done: sdrees 2003/08/10]

  • get email services working

    BR(hmmm: testing this stuff will require have at least one real user on the system. I guess I'll create a temporary throwaway account rather than transfer real data over yet.)

    • install Exim 4 packages (critical path) BR(from unstable? or are they in testing yet?) BR(tismer says: use exim-tls -- but is that necessary with the new exim4 packages? BR[assigned: gward]

    • configure/test Exim (critical path) BR[assigned: gward]

    • get elspy working with Debian Exim packages (critical path) BR(recompile necessary? or just fix elspy to work with dlopen() patch?) BR[assigned: gward]

    • install Courier ("semi-critical" for mwh--anyone else?)

      BR(SSL daemon only) (IMAP only? or POP too?) BR[assigned: gward]

    • configure/test Courier

      BR[assigned: gward]

  • web services
    • install, configure, and test Apache (critical path) BR(with mod-proxy, mod-rewrite, and mod-ssl, please!) BR[assigned: sdrees]

    • install, configure, and test Zope (not critical path) BR(Zope 2.7 preferable; (really?) note that Debian testing has Zope 2.6.1 and a working plone on top ;) ) BR[assigned: sdrees]

  • install, configure, and test ProFTPd (critical path)BR[done: sdrees 2003/08/12]

  • install, configure, and test Mailman (critical path)BR (it's installed, but not happy: the qrunner pegs at 99.9% CPU. Need to try the version from 'unstable', and then complain and/or figure out what's going wrong.)

  • Install Python and third party modules: [assigned: tbryan]
    • Motivation - One of Christian's goals in founding the Starship was to give developers a chance to play with the latest and greatest stuff and to show off Python's capabilities
    • History - We have built our own local copy of Python, with as many optional modules enabled as possible, since 1999.
    • Implementation - I was downloading the Python source, using Red Hat's RPM and our own custom Steup.local to build a custom binary RPM of Python for the starship
    • Third party modules - We have normally installed PIL, HTMLGen, and the mx* extensions for every Python release; we'd like to build more third party modules
    • Future - I'd like to reduce the amount of manual work involved in installing a new Python version. I'd like to tie in with the platform's package management system. I'd like to see nightly builds from CVS made available to crew members.
    • Plan - Install Python 2.2 and Python 2.3 with our normal third party modules as locally built software in /usr/local/. That will ensure some continuity in the short term when we move to the new Starship. After the move is complete, we can spend some time later to work out how we want to handle our local Python installations on a Debian machine. Then I'll remove the hand-built /usr/local/ installs and implement the new strategy.
  • compare /etc/{passwd,group,shadow} and friends on both ships, evaluate migration strategy of credential data (critical path)BR[assigned: sdrees]

Tasks for python.net DNS

  • find/select a good DNS provider (critical path) BR(sdrees uses schlundtechnologies.com and has no complaints about it and has initiated transfer of python2.net to schlundtechnologies.com, no ip change ) BR(gward uses dyndns.org and has no complaints about it)

  • transfer python.net domain to new DNS provider (critical path) BR(currently the DNS servers are at zope.com/baymountain.com, and Starship admins cannot edit the python.net DNS records) BR[assigned: tismer (he owns the domain!)]

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