[Systems] [Sugar-devel] trac breakage

Samuel Cantero scanterog at gmail.com
Wed Mar 9 09:05:43 EST 2016

On Wed, Mar 9, 2016 at 10:03 AM, Walter Bender <walter.bender at gmail.com>

> On Wed, Mar 9, 2016 at 4:34 AM, Sam Parkinson <sam.parkinson3 at gmail.com>
> wrote:
>> Hi Walter,
>> The immediate issues with trac (and also socialhelp) sending emails is a
>> configuration issue.  Right now it is a horrible configuration where it
>> sends emails via smpt.sugarlabs.org, but the password that both services
>> use for that (socialhelp account on sunjammer) expired.
>> Really, the mail situation could probably fixed by adding a "postfix"
>> container and letting anybody on freedom link to it and use it.  The
>> password thing was probably not the best setup, sorry.
>> Other than trac not sending emails, was there anything else?  Or just
>> looking for something a little more shiny?
> I am not looking for something shiny, just something that works and that
> someone is maintaining. I don't have the knowledge or the cycles to help
> with this myself. It is unfortunate that during GSoC recruitment, when many
> new users are trying to set up accounts, that is has been broken.
> My simple rule of thumb is that if we can find an equivalent service
> somewhere else that someone else maintains and it does not impinge on our
> freedoms, we should consider it, as sysadmin time is of a premium. Git Hub
> issues come to mind.

Thanks Walter for the notification. I didn't know about the problems that
has been arisen with trac. Certainly, it is a pity to provide an unreliable
and unstable service to our community and specially in a huge event as GSoC.

We should work on it in order to apply the anti spam features and fix the
email problem. What else is annoying with our current trac instance?

Best regards,

>> Thanks,
>> Sam
>> On Wed, Mar 9, 2016 at 8:19 AM, Walter Bender <walter.bender at gmail.com>
>> wrote:
>> I was going to bring this up at the last SLOB meeting but we ran out of
>> time. We have serious problems with b.sl.o regarding user management. While
>> I can assign new users unmoderated status, I cannot actually enable their
>> accounts since I cannot access the user page (it is so full of spam users
>> that it times out before loading -- even though Sam increased the timeout a
>> few months back). The verification by email is broken, hence the need to
>> find a different way to validate.
>> My recommendation is that we look into alternatives to trac. We can keep
>> the old system running as an archive, but it seems time to move on. (I've
>> been told -- although I have not confirmed -- that trac is not regularly
>> maintained upstream any more, which would be all the more reason to move
>> on.)
>> Does the sysadmin team have any recommendations? Any thoughts from the
>> devel community?
>> regards.
>> -walter
>> --
>> Walter Bender
>> Sugar Labs
>> http://www.sugarlabs.org
>> <http://www.sugarlabs.org>
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