[sane-devel] Access permissions on servers used by the SANE project
Wed, 24 Mar 2004 19:12:54 +0100
As we had trouble with several services (CVS, mail etc.) recently, I
want to provide a summary of who has which access permissions for
services/servers used by the sane project. I try to reduce the amount
of single points of failure (SPOF) but some still remain. When
speaking of "SANE developers" I mean developers registered on alioth
that belong to the SANE project. See
http://alioth.debian.org/project/memberlist.php?group_id=1308 for a
list. Entries in bold are also project admins.
* sane-project.org domain
Only me has the password for the domain servers. There are four main
name server entries:
- www1.sane-project.org points to sane.alioth.debian.org, our main
webserver. See below for who can change the web pages.
- www2.sane-project.org points to http://sane-project.meier-geinitz.de/.
It's a manually updated mirror of the static web pages. It'll be
used in case www1 AND www3 don't work. It's administered by me.
- www3.sane-project.org is 126.96.36.199 which is administered by
Jochen Eisinger. It's updated automatically and also provides
dynamic pages and a copy of the mailing list archive.
- www.sane-project.org ususally points to www1, but is changed to
one of the mirrors if www1 is down.
* CVS server
It's located on alioth.debian.org and we have no mirror. Every
developer can commit files and even create new modules. So be careful.
Everyone can checkout (read) files.
The CVS repository contains the source code of sane-backends,
sane-frontends and the exprimental module. The latter can be used for
code that's not ready for sane-backends yet.
The CVS repository also contains the static HTML code of our website
Further more, module CVSROOT contains the settings of the CVS server
and some scripts that e.g. update the lists of supported devices
automatically when a .desc file is changed in CVS. It's also
writable by each SANE developer.
* ssh access:
Every SANE developer has ssh access to alioth. Sometimes
it's necessary to use ssh, e.g. to remove an old lock file of the
CVS server. ssh can also be used to change the contents of the
website manually in case the CVS server is down. This was the case
during the "disk full" problem.
As the HTML code is in CVS, every developer can change the website.
Really! It's not only me :-) So if you find a bug/mistake/whatever,
just fix it. There are some dynamic pages like the scanner search
engine and some automatically created like the CVS and external
backend lists. These are not in CVS and updated automatically.
* FTP server (ftp.mostang.com)
Operated by David Mosberger-Tang. Oliver Rauch can also upload
new releases of SANE.
* Adding new devlopers to the project
Only a developer who has an account on alioth and has been added to
the project can use the CVS etc. servers. Addition must be done by
one of the project admins, see link to list above.
* Mailing lists
The administrative interface to sane-devel, sane-announce, and
sane-commit is locaked by a password. Julien Blache and me have
access to this interface. It allows to change the settings of the
list, add/remove users and approve/teject postings.
* IRC server (#sane on freenode.net)
The channel is open to everone. I'm the "founder" of the channel,
Julien and Jochen also have the necessary access level to e.g.
change the topic. This channel is a good way for communication
especially when the sane-devel list doesn't work as it's located on
If there are any questions, feel free to ask.