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Description of current layout and installed software

Notes from Shawn on our PEER1 system:

  • OS Version: Red Hat Enterprise Linux ES release 4 (Nahant Update 4)
  • For most elements of system i tried to stay with the default redhat locations and red hat el 4 rpms installed from peer 1's up2date repository. Reasoning, the servers are updated automatically against this repository and supported by PEER1 - reduce sysadmin load on keeping packages updated by using packages not available through PEER1 repository

Installed software using up2date

  • apache - httpd-2.0.52-28.ent.i386
  • postfix - postfix-2.2.10-1.RHEL4.2.i386
  • php - php-4.3.9-3.22PIDH.i386
  • python - python-2.3.4-14.3.i386
  • mailman - mailman-

Red Hat EL 4 rpms installed manually (rpm -i)

  • MySQL-client-standard-5.0.27-0.rhel4.i386.rpm
  • MySQL-server-standard-5.0.27-0.rhel4.i386.rpm
  • MySQL-devel-standard-5.0.27-0.rhel4.i386.rpm
  • MySQL-shared-compat-5.0.27-0.rhel4.i386.rpm
  • clearsilver-0.10.1-1.2.el4.rf.i386.rpm
  • sqlite-2.8.16-1.2.el4.rf.i386.rpm
  • python-clearsilver-0.10.1-1.2.el4.rf.i386.rpm
  • python-sqlite-1.0.1-12.el4.rf.i386.rpm
  • subversion-1.4.3-0.1.el4.rf.i386.rpm
  • mod_dav_svn-1.4.3-0.1.el4.rf.i386.rpm

Not specific to Red Hat EL 4 rpms installed manually

  • MySQL-zrm-1.1.2-1.noarch.rpm

Source Install

  • drupal-4.7.4.tar.gz
  • phpldapadmin-
  • trac-0.10.3.tar.gz

Paths to services directories

Apache root directory


Subversion parent directory


Trac parent directory


IP tables custom

All iptables rules must be written in /etc/sysconfig/iptables-custom

Current custom rules are:


  -A OUTPUT -p tcp --dport 22 -j ACCEPT


note: this file was placed here by PEER1

  -A INPUT -s -d 0/0 -p tcp -j ACCEPT
  -A OUTPUT -s 0/0 -d -p tcp -j ACCEPT

System login and maintenance procedures

Note: if change root password must let PEER1 know the new password for backup/restore and tickets. i would refer no root ssh login but, PEER1 admins need root access.

Subversion maintanence

Subversion Book

Creating a repository

  $ sudo mkdir /var/www/svn/repos/<repo_name>
  $ sudo svnadmin /var/www/svn/repos/<repo_name>
  $ sudo chown -R apache:apache /var/www/svn/repos/<repo_name>

Loading a repository from a dumpfile

  $ sudo svnadmin load /var/www/svn/repos/<repo_name> < /path/to/dumpfile
  $ sudo chown -R apache:apache /var/www/svn/repos/<repo_name> 

Dumping a repository

  $ sudo svnadmin dump /var/www/svn/repos/<repo_name> > dumpfile

Recovering / unlocking repository

  • subversion may lock if user ctl-c during checkout or checkout is interupted with an apache restart
  • Need policy on who to contact and who can run 'svnadmin recover' as

priviledged access is needed (may need to stop/start apache to drop requests to repository before recover)

Subversion was upgraded to version 1.4.3 (30 Jan. 2007) to reduce the repository locking problem if ctl-c used to end a checkout.

If the repository locks the following command should be used to recover the repository:

  $ sudo svnadmin --wait recover /var/www/svn/repos/<repo_name>
  $ sudo chown -R apache:apache /var/www/svn/repos/<repo_name>

In most cases this will work in the odd case that you are waiting a very long time for the command to run then apache may have to be restarted to drop anything accessing the repository and preventing the repository from being recovered

  $ sudo /sbin/service httpd restart
  $ sudo svnadmin --wait recover /var/www/svn/repos/<repo_name>
  $ sudo chown -R apache:apache /var/www/svn/repos/<repo_name>

TRAC Maintenance

Trac Guide

Creating a trac instance

  $ sudo trac-admin /var/www/trac/<proj_name> initenv
  $ sudo chown -R apache:apache /var/www/trac/<proj_name>

Hotcopy a trac instance

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

Mailman Maintenance

create a new mailing list

  $sudo /usr/lib/mailman/bin/newlist listname admins@email lists_passwd

renaming a list

  • create new list
  $sudo /usr/lib/mailman/bin/newlist listname admins@email lists_passwd
  • move original lists archive to newlists archive location
  $ sudo cp /var/lib/mailman/oldlist/oldlist.mbox/oldlist.mbox \
  • create archive
  $ sudo /usr/lib/mailman/bin/arch --wipe newlist
  • export subscribers from old list regular and digest members
  $ sudo /usr/lib/mailman/bin/list_members -r listname > listname-regular.txt
  $ sudo /usr/lib/mailman/bin/list_members -d listname > listname-digest.txt
  • import subscribers into new list
  $ sudo /usr/lib/mailman/bin/add_members --regular-members=listname-regular.txt --welcome-msg=y listname
  $ sudo /usr/lib/mailman/bin/add_members --digest-members=listname-digest.txt --welcome-msg=y listname
  • remove old list
  $ sudo /usr/lib/mailman/bin/rmlist listname
  • update aliases and check that proper permissions are set
  $ sudo /usr/lib/mailman/bin/genaliases
  $ sudo /usr/lib/mailman/bin/check_perms -f


Daily tape backup

  • PEER1 is doing daily tape backup of entire system

Other backups


MySQL is being backed up using MySQL-zrm

current cron jobs for backups


  #### Backup cron jobs 
  # min hour day month dayofweek user command
  # Daily rsync to /home/back
  # /etc
  05 10 * * * root /usr/bin/rsync -a --delete /etc/ /home/back/etc/
  # /var/www/html
  08 10 * * * root /usr/bin/rsync -a --delete /var/www/html/ /home/back/html/
  # Every 3 hours 
  # /var/lib/mailman
  20 */3 * * * root /usr/bin/rsync -a --delete /var/lib/mailman/ /home/back/mailman/
  # /etc/mysql-zrm
  33 */3 * * * root /usr/bin/rsync -a --delete /etc/mysql-zrm/ /home/back/etc/mysql-zrm/
  # /var/lib/mysql-zrm
  34 */3 * * * root /usr/bin/rsync -a --delete /var/lib/mysql-zrm/ /home/back/mysql-zrm/
  # call to backup 
  # subversion /var/www/svn/repos
  # trac /var/www/trac
  45 */3 * * * root /root/scripts/
  # once a day rsync /home/back to
  0 22 * * * root /root/scripts/

backup script are in /root/scripts calls separate scripts to backup trac and svn repositories and place tgz files of the backups in /home/back/svn_backup and /home/back/trac_backup which are held for 14 days. rsync_back rsyncs with (the second PEER1 server)

FDO Repository Merge

To merge repositories you need to parse through the dumpfiles.

In the fdo merge all subprojects had the same directory strucuture, /trunk/Providers/ All dumpfiles had to be 'filtered' to just pull the /trunk/Providers/* and drop branches and tags.


$ svndumpfilter include --help

Filter out nodes without given prefixes from dumpstream

Usage: svndumpfilter include PATH_PREFIX Options: --drop-empty-revs Remove revisions emptied by filtering --renumber-revs Renumbe revisions left after filtering --preserve-revprops Don't filter revision properties --quiet Do not display filtering statistics

$ svndumpfilter exclude --help Filter out nodes with given prefixes from dumpstream Usage: svndumpfilter exclude PATH_PREFIX Options: --drop-empty-revs Remove revisions emptied by filtering --renumber-revs Renumbe revisions left after filtering --preserve-revprops Don't filter revision properties --quiet Do not display filtering statistics

This process followed for all repositories

merge fdogdal trunk

 $ cat fdogdal.dmp | svndumpfilter include trunk/www/ > fdogdal-merge-trunk.www.dmp
 $ cat fdogdal.dmp | svndumpfilter include trunk/Providers/ > fdogdal-merge-trunk.Providers.GDAL.dmp

edit file and remove lines,

  Node-path: trunk/
  Node-action: add
  Node-path: trunk/www/
  Node-action: add
  Node-path: trunk/Providers/
  Node-action: add

Rename index.html to fdogdal-index.html

 $ perl -pi.bak -e 's/^Node-path:\ trunk\/www\/index.html/Node-path:\ trunk\/www\/fdogdal-index.html/g' fdo-merge.trunk.dmp
 $ svnadmin load /var/www/svn/repos/fdocore < fdogdal-merge.trunk.dmp