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Jenkins for Ubuntu: Call for Testing

Posted in Call for testing, Ubuntu Server with tags on Wednesday, 2 March 2011 by Daviey

(Reproduced from James Page’s blog post, a member of the Ubuntu Server Team)

Many of you may have wondered what I [James Page] have been doing since UDS-N; some of you may have know that I have been working on packaging Jenkins (nee Hudson) from source along with all of its build dependencies (all 80 of them).

After just over 3 months I’ve managed to get a 99% built from source Jenkins into the Hudson Ubuntu Testing PPA; this is core Jenkins only at this point in time; no plugins come bundled (although you can still install them using the Plugin Manager).

If you want to help out with testing, read on….

Getting started

So first things first; lets add the Jenkins testing PPA and install the jenkins package:

sudo add-apt-repository ppa:hudson-ubuntu/testing
sudo apt-get update
sudo apt-get install jenkins

Wait some time and Jenkins should be up and running.

Accessing Jenkins

Once the package has installed you should be able to access Jenkins on http://localhost:8080 (or whatever server you installed it on).

Jenkins comes completely empty; no jobs, minimal configuration, no security.  Follow the normal Jenkins ‘Use Jenkins‘ guide to get started.

Reporting problems

This is a testing package so it ain’t going to be perfect. Please join the hudson-ubuntu-users team and subscribe to the mailing list on launchpad to discuss general issues and report problems.

You can also find me (jamespage) in #ubuntu-server on Freenode if you like to use IRC.

Whats still todo?

Well as I said this is 99% built from source; a few packages are either binary packages (built from jars) or packages that bundle their dependencies in the upstream source bundle. I’m working with upstream(s) to get these issues sorted.

That said, everything that is installed on your server or desktop in the jenkins package IS built from source. Offending packages are either used for testing or generating documentation during library builds.

I’m also going to start working on packaging a few core plugins from source (see the associated blueprint for details); for the time being you can download and install from within Jenkins. I will also create a patch so that this feature can be disable if required.  Please feel free to apply to join the team if you want to package a plugin.

The Future

Well ultimately probably the main Ubuntu archive and Debian; but lets leave that until next release….

And if you were wondering, Hudson renamed itself to Jenkins in late January (hence the Hudson name keeps creeping into this post).

Likewise Open 5.0 available in Jaunty

Posted in Call for testing on Monday, 23 March 2009 by Thierry Carrez

By popular demand, Likewise Open 5.0 – which provides authentication services for Active Directory Domains  – is now available in Jaunty! This release brings key improvements through a complete rewrite of the underlying services:

  • New threaded authentication service (lsassd) results in improved system responsiveness under heavy load, faster online/offline detection for mobile users
  • Inclusion of idmap compatibility plugins for Samba 3 file and print servers
  • DCE/RPC support for TCP, UDP, and Named Pipes transports
  • New auditing and logging service (eventlogd) using sqlite3 as the storage engine
  • New domain controller location service (netlogond)

This was released in Jaunty as a separate set of packages named likewise-open5. The reason behind this was that Likewise Open does not support (yet) upgrading from 4.1 to 5.0 without forcing systems to rejoin the domain. Since this operation requires Windows Domain Administrator credentials that may or may not be available at upgrade time it was considered better to let the two versions co-exist in 9.04, with likewise-open (4.1) in main and likewise-open5 (5.0) in universe.

Try it out by running:

sudo apt-get install likewise-open5

Warning: If likewise-open is already installed this will result in the removal of the Likewise Open 4.1 packages and make the system leave the AD domain! Both 4.1 and 5.0 should behaves the same way. An Active Directory domain can be joined using the GUI (likewise-open5-gui) or the CLI tool:

sudo domainjoin-cli join Administrator AdminPassword

The likewise-open5 packages are quite new and have been added late in the release process. Testing and reporting any bugs (especially regressions fro 4.1) to Launchpad is welcome!

An improved mail server stack in Jaunty: Dovecot and Postfix integration

Posted in Call for testing, Ubuntu Server on Friday, 13 February 2009 by Robbie

A session during last UDS was dedicated to improving the mail server stack available in Ubuntu Server. One of the item that came out of the discussion was a better integration between postfix and dovecot. Ante Karamatic worked on implementing it for Jaunty and his results have been uploaded.

To test it all you need is a jaunty system and install the dovecot-postfix package. Once the installation has completed the following configuration will be available:

SASL authentication for smtp services

Postfix is automatically configured to use Dovecot’s SASL authentifcation daemon. Remote SMTP clients can be authenticated to the Postfix SMTP server using the Dovecot user database. The same credentials (username/password, kerberos) can be used for accessing imap, pop3 and smtp services.

Dovecot deliver as the default Local Delivery Agent

postfix will use Dovecot’s deliver command to distribute incoming email to the end user’s mailbox using the Maildir format. Combining Dovecot deliver support for sieve scripts and the managesieve service enabled by default a complete server-side mail filtering solution is available out of the box.

Tls for smtp  services

Tls is made available for smtp and smtpd services provided by postfix while imap and pop3 are available via ssl. Security hasn’t been left out of the picture.

So if you’re interested in a integrated mail stack providing a combination of smtp, imap, pop3 and managesieve services the Jaunty Jackalope will suit you. Have a look at it, test it and with one simple command:

apt-get install dovecot-postfix

Let know the Ubuntu Server teamabout your suggestions and comments.

Call for testing: DRBD 8.3 in Jaunty

Posted in Call for testing on Thursday, 29 January 2009 by Robbie

As mentioned by Ante Karamatic DRBD has been updated to the latest version in Jaunty. 8.3 brings in some interesting new features:

  • support for devices bigger than 4 TBytes
  • checksum based resynchronization to speed up resync processes over slow networks
  • support for stacked resource
  • RedHat cluster suite (rgmanager) integration scripts

Now that both the kernel module and the userspace tools have been updated DRBD is ready to be tested in Jaunty. Ante wrote up test instructions in a wiki page. Following his instructions and reporting the results is a great way to contribute to the Ubuntu Server team and help shaping the next release. If you’re already using DRBD in a specific environment and have access to a test setup we’d love to hear if this new version works well in your infrastructure. Let us know of your findings at the next Ubuntu Server Team meeting or on our mailing list: