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In some cases Fedora Package maintainers may not have access to all supported architectures or releases of Fedora that they maintain packages for. In order to assist with this, some community members are providing access to test machines/instances that they maintain to allow Fedora package maintainers to test, build, compile or debug their packages.

Available Machines/Instances

hostname fedora version arch cpu memory disk contact / rawhide x86_64 kvm instance 1.86Ghz 2GB ram 60GB disk / centos5 i686 kvm instance 1.86Ghz 2GB ram 100GB disk / f13 x86_64 kvm instance 1.86Ghz 1024MB ram 10GB disk / rhel6 x86_64 kvm instance 1.86Ghz 2048MB ram 100GB disk / f14 x86_64 kvm instance 1.86Ghz 2048MB ram 20GB disk / f15 branched i686 kvm instance 1.86Ghz 2048MB ram 20GB disk
IP and DNS information has changed
As of 2011-05-14 all these instances are behind a single IP address. You will need to fetch: and add it to your ~/.ssh/config to be able to access them (or look at it and use the right port on the single IP). Sorry for the trouble.


Q: What precautions should I take on these machines.

A: Since all Fedora packagers have root access on these machines, do not enter any sensitive information, including FAS credentials on these machines. These systems should never ask you for your FAS password (sudo is NOPASSWD). Authentication is only done via the SSH key you have set in FAS. In particular, it is recommended to disable SSH agent forwarding on these machines on the client side (agent forwarding is disabled on the server, but any user on the system could potentially reenable it). To do this, add the following to your ~/.ssh/config:

Host *
  ForwardAgent no

Q: Who has access to these instances?

A: Anyone who is in the Fedora "packager" group. Use your ssh key from the fedora account system to login. Package maintainers have 'sudo' access.

Q: What kinds of things can I do on these machines?

A: Any of the following:

  • mock build packages
  • install and test packages
  • build packages locally to try and fix problems or compile errors
  • Check locations of files, layout or versions to help solve a Fedora bug.
  • Basically anything that is directly related to Fedora Maintainer tasks.

Q: What should I not do?

A: Any of the following:

  • Things that are not related to your job as maintainer of Fedora packages.
  • Probing or accessing any other system.
  • publishing data or content to the internet.

Q: Can I upgrade/downgrade $basepackage, or reboot the instances?

A: If you need to do this, please contact the maintainer of the instance and arrange it.

Q: Can I leave any data on these instances?

A: No. They could be re-installed at most any time, or rebooted, or suffer a data loss. Please scp or rsync your work off often, and when done, please revert any package installs/downgrades/upgrades.

Q: Aren't you worried that someone will misuse these instances?

A: No. We trust the packagers to maintain and build our packages in Fedora, why would we not trust them to use test instances correctly? Additionally, the instances are all isolated from any local machines, ssh agent forwarding is disabled, and they only allow incoming ssh and a handfull of outgoing traffic.

Q: Can I use one of these instances to maintain my packages from?

A: No. ssh agent forwarding is disabled for security reasons, so you will not be able to do cvs checkins from these instances. Additionally, they could be re-installed or files could be wiped at any time. You should not use these as a place to maintain your packages from.

Q: I would like to contibute a host/instance/machine to allow people to test things, how can I do that?

A: I would be happy to help you in setting up a machine as the above test instances are. Contact me ( for more info on how to set up the hosts.

Q: I would like to donate some secondary arch hardware/machine resources to this effort. How can I do that?

A: See the previous question if you just want to bring up your own test machines at your site. If you would like me to host/manage your machines, please contact me ( and we can see if we can work something out. In particular I would love a ppc64 host to allow maintainers to use.

Q: What should the ssh host keys be for these instances?

A1: The ssh host keys are in DNS (dnssec enabled). Just set the openssh VerifyHostKeyDNS=yes. A2: Here's a list of ssh host keys for the machines: ssh-rsa AAAAB3NzaC1yc2EAAAABIwAAAQEAwcyeuOv+hwYjMLobYmysZJl0XBwPsx3OuExgoSZqof4zKm+Gws/IxWDnwfov/bQ9PKlcsaGTlCeXS7ZfaUA4tYH5GksJP8tczGg35iFjn115ep0/1FF4rsUsc0mNMHVlgF2yibn//5P48in2VgJh7+kjKo6/yBxwFZVEI0Vwncy621dL0VZI52fdbiTacik7BoUWFupDUc7mEXYXL+KLD4WkiQd880VmimgbKzw+M+L19vPKwebMuD8Qat5DAaH+Wji+XR7nRZqvGOa1IOzbb7CPveJk7WEd/07KfU/p3X0Ek1d3Omqex5/Cew2NVFHETF3HEu6LomaNkKjdaqF+Nw== ssh-rsa AAAAB3NzaC1yc2EAAAABIwAAAQEApaGSaZ52+S5ARafXKtYqoNzDklQ2tVaX+73SAyVZNIkV+Eij7oaqiQeBzQjrzmPQBUS1RR4To3puFNjVB0ZKzFwR//hExO+9rP3bqoOHEf/AS6uh/S6sxnClzut6MYDf0QfqlY402puZeQJN/zueCPWKmws08WcfxjLTNDEqiZIMwpRv6V5p20iI7coXiz/R2gN8yD8htNvbFAaqehcYJI6vpUCZR/4LRWVLn/c+rqLVJc3lXuAKuRgkeLbSTyLmX9UZWUX1bIiiqPo0GD7YX4QRAm4l4CSshk2QJc1V9o0j0NpYX+7Yt45lfhlDblTNyT1CSpKI4lXnmF+0knJ2DQ== ssh-rsa AAAAB3NzaC1yc2EAAAADAQABAAABAQC5nGwA7uWy49vlHPJrdUWGdtltHJNleURi0RueN3GNzxBuF7yjSHYO/4SfmAwXkq8seeE+0i3h3tfABkA8aidNjFMLqWXFPkxMLGqXUmSVMJ4YPFiwt7SzDJ6qMsL4Dqnnm8TFGeBZONol7TS7NQPYr0/Zfvkmgo6J/bySKAUvAcDvoX/vVTzTwfBfGk1NtqZStadfjH3vxRok3EUgcZG+J1yzplDNz7l8TsLGdg+DdEaFhiExpytggdaQLfAPjlL2Q0Op8xAg/d6DS26Cf9j/wiZGnBvmeYk/Xh33V/1c7Ubbpf9QB5t3GKagtTce9AyYXJKOthYgWUuAAWROmo6x ssh-rsa AAAAB3NzaC1yc2EAAAADAQABAAABAQDKkThwdOtrn3rAxkeh42KuWN2DR8YC5ShrEpeVyCR5HSFwdavgcMJLkYmC0Zn9uHJeAS1XCTwJZfmsQhUqKMAzrOym+1Lfv5wl/qQUTWMBS0y81hjKkF97+UjqtQK4IlwswNsJgYL4IGqVIDH/t/9YWirdSHi/AY5CGp7fcyyRxaramgjj8VcG5U/s8THAmu/RXiA7OkGBJneK/vWI/+FNLosztsk87GvYswzjO3zfcDsU8YcfLdi0bhnUPOS/tZP9QdsF6z2L3ZK4tBssRfTmdoJUSx/8bJ05pf5IWBAf7GD7OVWu9KFzKj4k03R9wITLrrJ90b5LR8KATZ4Xpe3F
gandohar ssh-rsa AAAAB3NzaC1yc2EAAAABIwAAAQEAyJV+yuO1cvo7y56lMSY0LKaww0le7/5/jaOfqj9R52ovNTikdqVx/ZmS5GUQvwnn8/8xrZJF1wB+DydYXX8u+Lhz1k68nclHA0oVzf87Q5Vh9VgUyvsp2YPuyY1KGEgc4Bf37FL6eORfVs4K4U5pk5Qj7xs4Ea7RbcpRmWWUG5G/QYbZi/oO2e6vdFh0eiFS+mXidck5GJqxMO+AZ1oQa+H9Pb56+fHmvcc3WgDfIKqTBOPdpFcp8F0IUAJbfvLfKM78UdP2lcv1+QMkPtJtaV5h4Jh4Kb0zu2lokeqLKLqCZ32I9u21BkPCeTlq4RXoWRULSJBO5K6hbl6za2UTcQ==
danarius ssh-rsa AAAAB3NzaC1yc2EAAAADAQABAAABAQDFDZFJfHkgAY1l4TGhGwuMejGud1+UyukTMxaJdlnakwIcm8/nsc4JwyiEm0p2bSzs1C9arrqMjKkTVJY/gP+FmspiumECAfy82i6bva0WOwJ9UGHhyb0usaR3tLKozMKHCsLYAv6eK9qysh7YWV/e94eNL79v4JvrPNJGw2R52mJciCTCyIZdhhjapcRrg42d2xxk8/kDAX/yjZI4O1aZGfgFwXtxdxwF0lanOXJgOA3L2Sl7m5yEzDXRtmfCqa89FRbAkmnbjSqUs1QWdlidhmRKaCqQr8uMXkC3kkYYvIhRgRSsLNvd3TJ2K5ZKi1HkdhKzDJF8wPMBeDUCUuRH