The dak system is located on administrator.skolelinux.no - see the [http://ftp.skolelinux.org/skolelinux/needs_love.html current status] here, and the [http://ftp.skolelinux.org/skolelinux/new.html new queue] there.

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.


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 "../../katie/bin/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) just type "e" and change the "Section" into "local/section" where "section" is the old one, e.g. admin, debian-installer, misc, ... . Then go back and you will see the Accept opportunity and you can 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.

If you accidently rejected a package, you can just move all files (except *.reason) from ./reject to ./unchecked.

Moving packages to other distributions

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

This command will move package-name from etch-test to etch.

/!\ Currently etch is untouchable (=frozen) and this command (alone) doesnt work. See below.

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

package-name is the name of the source package. katha then moves all binary packages built from this source package.

when $suite is untouchable

  1. deactivate the cronjobs, vi /etc/cron.d/dak

  2. then copy the katie.conf file away: cp /opt/dak/katie/katie.conf /opt/dak/katie/katie.conf.bak

  3. then remove the "Untouchable" line for the etch suite in katie.conf, vi /opt/dak/katie/katie.conf

  4. then move the package as usual (after checking, etc.)
  5. then run dinstall: /opt/dak/cron/dinstall

  6. then copy the old katie.conf back (with the untouchable line), mv /opt/dak/katie/katie.conf.bak /opt/dak/katie/katie.conf

  7. run several checks on the archive, like how (FIXME)? madison $package

  8. and activate the cronjobs again, vi /etc/cron.d/dak

  9. and then i check and make sure that i did not break anything (not that there is any danger, but it is still touching the stable pool) - how? FIXME

removing packages

to remove packages from the archive: melanie -C $recipient_email -R -s etch-test $sourcepackage (or "dak rm $package" once we switched)

about the -R and -s $suite options: read the manpage :)

to remove packages from queue/unchecked (for example, because they were rejected, because the key is not in the keyring): just rm them!

If you want/need to use rene, dont use rene in path but the one in /org/ftp.skolelinux.org/katie/bin/

Steffen also told us on IRC that we should remove the appropriate .changes file from the done-directory, then run a dinstall and then probably remove the files manually after removing a package with the dak commands. And in the end we of course should check everything :)

http://folk.uio.no/werner/ftpmaster_remove_slbackup-php.html has a transcript of a complete removal session.

New Accounts:

Please note that only drift@skolelinux.org decides to give someone account rights! [http://wiki.debian.org/DebianEdu/NewContributor New contributors] should read this first. 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"). After that they should set the environment variable HOME by typing "export HOME=/var/lib/dak" . Then they can use the command: "/org/ftp.skolelinux.org/bin/sabine -k keyid"

Now you have to whitelist the uploaders email-address: checkout dak-config via cvs from /org/ftp.skolelinux.org/cvsroot and edit mail-whitelist and commit it with "cvs ci mail-whitelist". Now cd to /org/ftp.skolelinux.org/katie/ and do "cvs up". Please make sure that you use an up to date cvs working copy before editing the file, to prevent conflicts at commit.

After that the new account is ready to be used 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

What does each script do


(We will upgrade to the new dak version without those scripts after the etch release.)

dak directory layout


dinstall is run every 15min., looks for changes for in /accepted or (the manually to be created file /org/ftp.skolelinux.org/RUN-DINSTALL), then it creates a lockfile

you can't touch etch

After a release, suites are marked as "untouchable". In order to mark a suite untouchable, one of the ftpmasters adds the line "Untouchable "1";" to the end of the suite configuration in /org/ftp.skolelinux.org/katie/katie.conf . This tells dinstall to avoid touching the suite. If there is a need for a newer package, just uncomment the line from katie.conf and let the dinstall run.

TODO-List for ftpmasters:

  1. needs_love now compares our packages against those on security.debian.org, should it send a mail in case something is newer there?
  2. run make_summary from a svn checkout
  3. we need to implement the changes into katha so that also a specific package version can be choosen
  4. document execution-stay-off-time
  5. document installation/configuration on a.s.n
  6. pere asks: why is the email about the etch update listing one of the binary packages and not the source package? For example education-astronomy - can we change this with reasonable effort?
  7. upgrade to latest dak after etch release
    • we manually fixed /usr/bin/melanie in line 165 (python syntax bug)
  8. sign the md5sum files of the cd/dvd images