ftpmaster-Howto

The dak system is located on administrator.skolelinux.no . After you logged in on a.s.n. you have to become the katie user. If you are a ftpmaster you can use the command "sudo -u katie bash" Now you are the debadmin user and have access to the archive system.

Configuration:

If it is neccessary to change a config file or a script under bin, cron or katie you have to change them first and then call "cvs diff" and "cvs commit".

NEW Handling:

One of the most important jobs of the ftpmaster is to handle the NEW queue. The NEW queue are packages which are signed by a Debian-Edu Developer and passed the key check. So you don't need to check if the signature is valid or not.

The ftpmaster's task is to check the package if it is ready for Debian-Edu or not. To get a checklist you can use the Debian-Edu Archive Policy and check if it passes all points.

First change into the directory /org/ftp.skolelinux.org/queue/new/ There you find the packages. After you have checked the package you have to run "lisa package_xxx-x_arch.changes"

Then you can type "c" and check some important points of the packages again. After you made your decision you can either accept or reject the package.

To accept it as it is (means no changes to maintainers suggestion for override) type "a" . Then the override file is changed. If you disagree to the maintainer and e.g. want to change the section field you can run "e". Then make your changes and the package is accepted.

If you want to reject the package type "m". Then you get a text editor (vim) and can describe the reason there. In case of rejection please use the following template form:

Hi Maintainer, ...

... reason ...
rejected for now.

At the end of the rejection message lisa will automatically insert the text from the template which can be found under "/org/ftp.skolelinux.org/katie/templates/katie.rejected" Please do not edit the template.

Moving packages to other distributuins

Packages should be uploaded to etch-test for now. After they have been there for a while, and the maintainer and/or ftpmaster deceided to move it to etch, the ftpmasters need to move them by hand. This is to make sure only stable and good packages end up in etch. The command to be executed is as follows

/org/ftp.skolelinux.org/bin/katha -s etch-test package-name

Don't wory about packages that are uploaded with distribution etch in their changelog, they will end up in etch-test first. :-)

New Accounts:

Please note that only drift@skolelinux.org decides to give someone account rights! If drift writes a mail to ftpmasters and tells them that a new Uploader needs an account for upload rights the ftpmaster need the gpg-key from the new Uploader.
For that purpose please write the new Uploader direclty and ask after a mail or get the key id and fingerprint from drift@skolelinux.org. 

If the ftpmasters are instructed to create an account they can follow this procedure:

After login on administrator.skolelinux.no they have to become katie user ("sudo -u katie bash"). Then they can use the command: "/org/ftp.skolelinux.org/bin/sabine -k keyid" Now please also make sure that the email-adress is listed in the whitelistfile for mails placed under "/org/ftp.skolelinux.org/katie/mail-whitelist" to make sure emails will be send to the new uploader.

After that the new account is created and the new Uploader will get a mail which informs about it and explains some configuration steps for dput/dupload. Please add the name of the Uploader to the Uploaders-list which can be found under: http://wiki.debian.org/DebianEdu/Uploaders

Future TODO-List for ftpmasters:

  1. we need to implement the changes into katha so that also a specific package version can be choosen
  2. We need to setup the debian repo on a.skolelinux.no
  3. We need to create the CD's from the pools
  4. We need to fix the "Processing of *changes" mails

misc docu bits:

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