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Preparing the website for a release

Update gpg key

As the release approaches, watch the fedora-release package for a new key to be added. Use the update-gpg-keys script in the fedora-web git repository to add it to static/. Manually add it to /keys and /verify.


Get a copy of the new key from the fedora-release repo

We usually obsolete keys at the same time, so as we add F-13 keys, we remove the F-10 keys from the fedora.gpg keyblock and move them on the /keys page to the "obsolete keys" section.

Start by updating and adding the keyids of any obsolete keys to the obsolete_keys list.

Then run that script to add the new key:

[fedora-web (f13-keys)]$ cd
[ (f13-keys)]$ ./update-gpg-keys ../../fedora-release/RPM-GPG-KEY-fedora-13-primary

This will add the key to the keyblock in static/fedora.gpg and create a text file for the key in static/$KEYID.txt as well. Verify that these files have been created properly and contain all the keys that they should.

  • Handy checks: gpg static/fedora.gpg or gpg static/$KEYID.txt
  • Adding "--with-fingerprint" option will add the fingerprint to the output

Next, update data/content/verify.html to add the new key. The output of 'gpg --fingerprint --list-key E8E40FDE' is what we want in the <pre> block. Move any obsolete keys to the obsolete keys section.

Update data/content/verify.html to remove any obsolete keys from the list of keyid's.

Carefully verify that the data is correct, 'make en test' and checking http://localhost:5000/keys and http://localhost:5000/verify is wise.

Update LINGUAS and languages.conf file

Let's clean our directories and update the po files in the fedora-web git repository

$ make clean all

Checks file listing vs what's in LINGUAS (left side is the correct one)

  • The ones that only have a " <" on the right side are the ones that are needed
$ diff --side-by-side -B <(ls -1 *.po | sed -n "s/.po//p" | sort) <(cat LINGUAS)

Double check everything matches

$ ls *.po | wc -l ; wc -l LINGUAS

$ make httpd/conf/languages.conf
$ sed -i "s:@DOCUMENTROOT@:/srv/web/"

Commit changes

$ git commit -a

In /data/content/get-prerelease.html, from Alpha -> Beta

$ sed -i s/-Alpha-/-Beta/g <filename>

Prepare puppet commits

Prior to release day, prepare puppet commits to move the fedora-web branch to the release (alpha, beta, final, whatever)

  • Update branch
    • Edit: modules/fedora-web/files/
  • Redirect /get-prerelease
    • Edit: modules/fedora-web/files/redirects.conf

Update website

For Alpha

  1. add Alpha banner
  2. add "Someone say Alpha" note
  3. update links alpha links in get-prerelease.html
    1. Ensure href's are consistent with actual filenames of mirrored content
      1. You should be able to find the paths in /pub on bapp01 (sudo su - mirrormanager first)
    2. need link to rel-eng SOP here (RFE, doesn't exist yet)
  4. modify:
    1. data/content/get-fedora.html (add alpha note)
    2. data/content/get-prerelease.html (update links)
    3. static/js/banner.js (alpha banner)

For Beta

  1. add countdown banner
  2. update links beta links in get-prerelease.html
    1. Ensure href's are consistent with actual filenames of mirrored content
      1. You should be able to find the paths in /pub on bapp01 (sudo su - mirrormanager first)
    2. need link to rel-eng SOP here (RFE, doesn't exist yet)
  3. modify:
    1. data/content/counter.html (add languages)
    2. data/templates/js.html (add release counter and hide banner.js
    3. static/js/release-counter* (update dates/times, languages)
    4. data/content/get-prerelease.html (update links)
    5. data/templates/sidebar (add non-js version of countdown)

For GA

Merge beta onto master branch

$ git checkout master
$ git merge f13-beta

Manually edit the .pot files that are listed as conflicts

Manually go to each site and 'make all test'

On GA release day, tag repo F<release-number>.

Update banner.js to reflect new banner (See file: /static/js/banners.js)

Change /data/content/get-fedora.html from Alpha -> Beta

  • Note: if you're looking for paths, you should be able to find the paths in /pub on bapp01 (sudo su - mirrormanager first)

Add alpha/beta banner image (see design team)

Fire in the hole

After 9:15 AM EDT release day, push the puppet changes (e.g.: cd ~/puppet && git push). This timing ensures that the cron jobs will not automatically push the new website before 10:00 AM. Then, on puppet1 run:

# Ensure you have the puppet repo checked out to ~/puppet and up to date
cd ~/puppet && make HOSTS="bapp1 proxy1 proxy2 proxy3 proxy4 proxy5 proxy6 proxy7" push

On bapp1, run:

# Once /usr/local/bin/syncStatic on bapp1 is updated with your changes, run
sudo -u apache /usr/local/bin/syncStatic

This takes about 15 minutes, so try to do this well before you need to push the final site out.

Finally, when releng gives the OK, run the following on the proxies to make the site live:

# To sync the changes out, you can use func from puppet1 if you have sudo on puppet1.
# Otherwise, SSH to the proxies and call the below command.
sudo /usr/bin/rsync -a --no-owner --no-group* /srv/web/

# you probably want to do the other sites too
sudo func proxy\* call command run "/usr/bin/rsync -a --no-owner --no-group* /srv/web/"
sudo func proxy\* call command run "/usr/bin/rsync -a --no-owner --no-group* /srv/web/"

Push commit to redirect get-prerelease to get-fedora. If you have sudo on puppet1, run:

$ sudo func proxy\* call command run "/usr/bin/rsync -a --no-owner --no-group* /srv/web/"

Otherwise, manually run this on each proxy server:

$ sudo /usr/bin/rsync -a --no-owner --no-group* /srv/web/

If necessary, clear proxy caches using

$ rm -rf /srv/cache/mod_cache/*

Update the static banner on The procedure is the same as with, except that the command to run on the proxies is

$ sudo /usr/bin/rsync -a --no-owner --no-group* /srv/web/


Creating Branches


$git push origin master:refs/heads/f13-alpha


$git push origin f13-alpha:refs/heads/f13-beta

Checking Out Branch

$ git checkout -t -b f13-beta origin/f13-beta


$ git branch --track f13-beta origin/f13-beta
$ git checkout f13-beta

Merging branches

Suggested by Ricky

$ git merge f13-beta
$ git checkout --theirs f13-beta [list of conflicting po files]
$ git commit

non-js counter

  from datetime import datetime

  today = datetime.utcnow()
  release = datetime(2010, 5, 18, 14)

  difference = release - today
  days = difference.days
  if difference.seconds > 0 or difference.minutes > 0 or difference.hours > 0: days += 1
  if days < 0: days = 0
  days = str(days)

  image_lang = 'en'
  available_languages = ('ar', 'bn_IN', 'cs', 'da', 'de', 'el', 'en', 'es', 'fi', 'fr', 'gu', 'he', 'hi', 'hr', 'hu', 'id', 'is', 'it', 'ja', 'kn', 'ko', 'ks', 'ml', 'nl', 'pa', 'pl', 'pt', 'pt_BR', 'ro', 'ru', 'si', 'sr', 'sv', 'th', 'tr', 'uk', 'zh_CN', 'zh_TW')
  if lang in available_languages:
      image_lang = lang
  image = image_lang + '/fedora13-countdown-banner-' + days + '.' + image_lang + '.png'
	<div id="banner">
		<a href=""><img src="${Markup(_('%s/static/images/counter/%s') % (path, image))}" alt="${Markup(_('Fedora 13 Goddard released in %s days!') % days)}" /></a>
		<a style="text-decoration: none; font-size: 1.6ex; color: #99AABB;" href="${path}/${lang}/counter">${Markup(_('Add a counter to your own site!'))}</a>

alpha/beta banners (static/js/banner.js)

    "Fedora 13 Alpha",

commit message example

adding f13 countdown banner
- added languages to counter.html
- remove banner.js / add release counter to js.html
- add non-js banner to sidebar.html
- updated release dates in release-count-ext.js and release-counter.js
- removed older counter images
- added new counter images

adding new language for fp.o
- Persian (fa)
- Portuguese (Brazilian) (pt_BR)
- Russian (ru)