[Soc-coordination] GSoC project: fedmsg for the Debian infrastructure

Stephen Gran sgran at debian.org
Thu Apr 25 19:17:29 UTC 2013


This one time, at band camp, Simon Chopin said:
> Hi,
> Nicolas Dandrimont and I are currently working on a project proposal for
> the Google Summer of Code to use the messaging system written by Fedora,
> fedmsg[0][1], within the Debian infrastructure (some of you might have seen
> the various ITPs related to that on -devel).
> Tollef kindly pointed out to us that Debian service administrators would
> probably have something to say about all this, so here we are.
> As a premise, please note that we obviously plan to make fedmsg
> distro-agnostic before anything else (than packaging). The original
> upstream author seems very enthousiastic about the project, which makes
> it probable that we won't have to carry those patches on our own.
> The thing itself is based on the ZeroMQ protocol.

One of the principles, up to now, of system design for the debian.org
infrastructure has been that it can tolerate single nodes being off line
for periods of time.  My understanding of ZeroMQ is that it doesn't do
very well when the sender and the receiver aren't on line at the same
time.  I have not used ZeroMQ in any serious way, so I'm only repeating
what I've heard.  Please correct me if I'm wrong.

It may be time to revisit our assumptions, of course - our hosting is
dramatically better than it was when I joined the project, and even
since I started doing DSA work.

Thanks for looking into it - something like this would be very useful
for us.

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