February 27, 1998March 10, 1998
CSuite Workshop Index
Last Saturday's mail upgrade was backed out before it was complete, due to
very great length of time the tape dump had taken. In the meantime a new
disk was mounted on halifax, and a copy was successful on an NFS
to disk basis.
This Saturday, March 7, at 9:00 AM we plan on another try! Initially,
users will be prevented from logging in, logged out if necessary, and
the SMTP server will be stopped so as to block incoming mail. Then the
queue will drain, and the mail system will be shut down.
Then the transfer will take place, and the system reconfigured so that
mail will be routed to the new server.
Terminal service to the new server is not expected to be available until
Ed reported that the new terminal server was ready for testing on 4 lines.
The previous problems with failure to logout seem to have been resolved,
and connections will initially be made to chebucto, until
halifax is ready for login testing.
A request had been made to create an e-mail interface to the Request
System, so that problems could be reported to RTS using e-mail. This is
especially important for testing mail issues.
It was decided that a simple-minded interface that extracted the date and
subject from the message, put the rest of the message in the comment area,
and defaulted the rest of the parameters would be a good level to start.
The requests would be targeted to DJM for CSuite, and ccn-tech for CCN,
and would be reassigned to appropriate personnel from there. Parameters
would need to be adjusted by the initial recipients, and assigned as
The welcome page script is working. It was decided to create a new
"filter shell" which checked for subscription to the appropriate mailing
list, "beta-shell" and if so, exec the appropriate shell script, otherwise
to the conventional CSuite shell. David Potter will continue this work
and volunteers are needed to try it out.
Ed reported on continuing problems using the hierarchical editing
for the editing groups. There is debug output on the add editor script,
and the script often fails due to the fact that legacy IP's were not
integrated into the supergroups.
Ed and the IP committee will prepare lists identifying which IP's need to
have their supergroups added.
The latest problems with zmodem seem to have arisen during periods of
heavy usage. However, it seems that Kermit protocol lives up to its
reputation of being quite reliable under conditions that other protocols
cannot handle. It is suspected that zmodem is timing out due to the
delays when the load average is high. It is unfortunate that many
implementations of Kermit protocol are poorly optimized, [although
in favourable circumstances Kermit can give zmodem a run for its
money :) - ed.]
So, our recommendation at this time is to avoid downloading at
prime times, but if you have to, use Kermit protocol in
preference to zmodem when the system is running slowly.
ED and DP will keep an eye on this and the reputed interaction with idled.
It was reported that the icons which were formerly used for displaying
directory listings on graphical browsers had disappeared from
$CS_INFO/Icons on chebucto, halifax, dev, and csuite. Perhaps they
were lost in the apache changeover from NCSA httpd. CG will investigate.
There are volunteer records accumulating in the admin area. As the
committee is now regrouping, they need a method to access this
JF will look at this.
Cobequidnet are interested in a working version of tq. DJM will expedite.
February 27, 1998March 10, 1998