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= Procedures =  
= Procedures =  
== Planned Upgrade ==
On [http://www.timeanddate.com/worldclock/fixedtime.html?month=6&day=20&year=2009&hour=21&min=0&sec=0&p1=179 Saturday June 20th, at 9:00pm EST] it is planned that Howard Butler, Frank Warmerdam and possibly others will take down trac services for an upgrade from sqlite2 to sqlite3 for the backend database in an effort to reduce the persistent Trac problems with database locking, and slow response.  Changes under consideration:
* Upgrade to use postgres
* Upgrade subversion to 1.5.6
* Upgrade to the most recent version of Trac (possibly)
Coordination will take place in #telascience. Though only primary admins will have access to osgeo1 for the upgrade work, other assistance to test results could be helpful.
Service unavailability may last as long as 4 hours.
* Subversion software upgrade complete with no apparent problems.
* The following items were upgraded from source:
  - APR (Apache Portable Runtime) from 0.9.4 to 0.9.18
  - APR-util from 0.9.4 to 0.9.17
  - Subversion 1.4.3 to 1.5.6
  - Subversion Python bindings from 1.4.3 to 1.5.6
  - SWIG 1.3.31 from 1.3.21
* GeoTools subversion respository upgraded to 1.5.6 format. We will upgrade the other repositories (to support merge tracking and other 1.5+ features once we get confirmation on http://trac.osgeo.org/osgeo/ticket/368
* proj, gdal, and grass trac instances upgraded to use postgres, seemingly working.
DB upgrade procedure (as root):
* createdb -U postgres trac_gdal
* /root/sqlite2pg/sqlite2pg -e /var/www/trac/gdal -p 'postgres://postgres@/trac_gdal'
* vi /var/www/trac/gdal/conf/trac.ini - modify database setting to "postgres://postgres@/trac_gdal".
* /usr/sbin/apachectl graceful
== Local Customizations ==  
== Local Customizations ==  

Revision as of 09:12, 14 November 2009


Trac 0.10.3 is running at http://trac.osgeo.org/ (the primary Peer1 host).

  • Trac Guide
  • All data and configurations live under /var/www/trac
  • virtual server configurations are under /etc/httpd/conf.d/trac
  • Existing Instances
  • Actual python is installed in /usr/lib/python2.3/site-packages/trac
  • Frank Warmerdam and Howard Butler have configuration experience, and can help maintain instances.
  • available plugins:
    • TOC - multi page tables of contents.
    • MediaWikiMacro - provides media wiki like format support (link? details?)
    • TracDoxygen - mix doxygen docs into trac interface (needs extra admin support)


Local Customizations

The file /usr/lib/python2.3/site-packages/trac/notification.py was substantially modified to support looking up email addresses in LDAP, and will need to be re-adjusted if we upgrade to a new version of Trac.

Creating a trac instance

  $ sudo createdb -U postgres proj_name
  $ sudo trac-admin /var/www/trac/<proj_name> initenv
  $ sudo trac-admin /var/www/trac/<proj_name> permission add <osgeo_userid> TRAC_ADMIN
  $ sudo chown -R apache:apache /var/www/trac/<proj_name>
  • Make sure to set the db connection to postgres://postgres@/trac_proj
  • Update /var/www/trac//<proj_name>/conf/trac.ini to enable email notification.
  • Add virtual host file /etc/httpd/conf.d/trac/<proj_name>.conf enabling LDAP based authentication.
  • Logo can be referenced in /var/www/trac/<proj_name>/conf/trac.ini and placed in /var/www/trac/<proj_name>/htdocs
  • modify webadmin.* setting in trac.ini to enabled for web based administration.
  • Add to /var/www/trac/index.html
  • Add the following to /var/www/trac/robots.txt to avoid walking through ticket attachments or svn.
Disallow: /<proj_name>/browser
Disallow: /<proj_name>/log
Disallow: /<proj_name>/report
Disallow: /<proj_name>/changeset
Disallow: /<proj_name>/attachment

Recommended Trac permissions:

       anonymous       BROWSER_VIEW
       anonymous       CHANGESET_VIEW
       anonymous       FILE_VIEW
       anonymous       LOG_VIEW
       anonymous       MILESTONE_VIEW
       anonymous       REPORT_SQL_VIEW
       anonymous       REPORT_VIEW
       anonymous       ROADMAP_VIEW
       anonymous       SEARCH_VIEW
       anonymous       TICKET_VIEW
       anonymous       TIMELINE_VIEW
       anonymous       WIKI_VIEW
       authenticated   TICKET_CHGPROP
       authenticated   TICKET_CREATE
       authenticated   TICKET_MODIFY
       authenticated   WIKI_CREATE
       authenticated   WIKI_MODIFY
       developers      DOXYGEN_VIEW
       developers      MILESTONE_ADMIN
       developers      REPORT_ADMIN
       developers      REPORT_CREATE
       developers      WIKI_ADMIN
       warmerdam       developers
       warmerdam       TRAC_ADMIN


Installed plugins (do in every trac instance, installation guide):

Custom fields

See http://trac.edgewall.org/wiki/TracTicketsCustomFields

for example, in trac.ini:

    platform = select
    platform.label = Platform
    platform.options = Unspecified|MSWindows 2K|MSWindows XP|MSWindows Vista|MSWindows CygWin|MacOSX|Linux|Other Unix|All
    platform.value = Unspecified
    cpu = select
    cpu.label = CPU
    cpu.options = Unspecified|x86-32|x86-64|OSX/PPC|OSX/Intel|Other|All
    cpu.value = Unspecified

Timeline with filename indication

 changeset_long_messages = false
 changeset_show_files = 1
 changeset_files_count = 3
 default_daysback = 30
 ticket_show_details = false

(see for example here)

Hotcopy a trac instance

  $ sudo trac-admin /var/www/html/trac/<proj_name> hotcopy /path/to/copy/trac/to

Trac Spam

We have had problems with trac spam when ticket create and ticket modify permissions were set to anonymous (the default). To get around this most (all?) instances have been changed to require authenticated users to do these actions.

But some projects strongly desire to support anonymous ticket creation and modification and at some point this might be viable using image captcha technology to keep out the spammers. A Trac plugin for this is apparently under development, and described at:


Trac notification forward to project mailing list

To fwd notifications from trac to e.g. a project developers mailing list, you need to

  • set in trac the mailing list address as default (trac Admin section)
  • add the trac@osgeo.org address (or trac_osgeo@.., or ...) in Mailman to
    • "Privacy options"
      • "Subscription rules"
      • "[Sender filters]"
        • "Non-member filters"
          • "List of non-member addresses whose postings should be automatically accepted."
  • As the mail may be addressed to "undisclosed recipients" instead of directly to the list, the messages may be held for moderator approval. To avoid this add "undisclosed recipients" to the list of acceptable aliases at
    • "Privacy options"
      • "[Recipient filters]"
        • acceptable_aliases