Apologies for absence
Alastair, Archie, Alison and Morna had sent their apologies.
minutes of the last meeting.
These were accepted after the correction of a few typographical errors.
Reports from units.
There have been air conditioning failures in the Appleton Tower and Buccleuch Place machine rooms. The small older air conditioning unit in the Buccleuch Place machine room has now been set to about 20 °C and the main unit to about 16 °C. The technicians will be asked to investigate why the temperature alarm failed to activate.
Toby will be concentrating on mastering the directory services and authentication services while Julieta will be concentrating on the finer details of the network infrastructure. George will be aim to cover both areas.
In August they will be starting work on the Cosign service and Openssh for Solaris.
Chris reported that the release management mechanism for DICE level headers has been started. All FC5 machines will be set to receive the current stable release from this Thursday onwards (they will have the testing release between now and then).
The prelink component (for configuring prelink) written by Ken has been shipped as an LCFG level component by Stephen. The DICE level resources will be set shortly to exclude certain binaries contained in the coq rpm from being prelink'ed. The coq rpm will then need to be reinstalled on all FC3 machines.
Support for viewing gzipped log files has been added to the LCFG web server. Stephen advised component maintainers to replace large weekly log files by smaller daily log files.
Stephen has started work on porting LCFG to a 64-bit enabled system. He now has a version of the lcfg client working in this environment.
Research and Teaching.
Most of the work of the unit has been focused on porting teaching packages to FC5. The majority of the approximately 120 java packages are now available. The other 100 odd teaching packages are being ported.
Graham has installed FC3 on the new teaching database server to gain experience in installing a server. He will now be re-installing the server again as an FC5 machine.
Tim and John are now both running FC5 on their desktop machines. Tim and Iain have detected a problem with the Gnome screen saver when the home directory is on an AFS file system. The screen saver appears to be accessing a file on the home directory (such as .xsession) before the AFS credentials have been obtained.
Archie has been looking at running ISE Webpack from Xilinx on linux, a fully featured front-to-back FPGA (field-programmable gate array) design solution for both Windows and Linux; the software is used in the System Design Project course.
[Additional report submitted after the meeting] Iain had been looking at problems with GridEngine, doing a Condor proposal and working on the FC5 deployment and Environment packages.
Craig has mailed out a proposed structure for the products and components on our bugzilla server; Chris is the only one so far to comment.
There was a problem with the homepages server one night last week when it ran out of memory.
The services unit will be maintaining a log of breaks in service.
The mailman process was overloaded last night and was restarted this morning at which point the backlog of pending processing of mail for mailman lists was cleared.
There were some intermittent problems affecting AFS a couple of weeks ago. One of the authorisation servers appears to have been implicated. The problems were investigated but no definite cause was found. The server was completely reinstalled and the database rebuilt; the problems have so far not recurred.
Access to the web pages of the Services Unit and the associated old teams has been restricted to the ed.ac.uk domain.
The new desktop machines and 17" LCD monitors had been ordered and delivered. They have been recorded on the orders database and their distribution to the various sites has started.
About 50 machines have now been upgraded to FC5, 25 of these in the JCMB teaching labs.
Morna is our official contact person with the Managed Desktop support people in EUCS (currently the Managed Desktop Team and later in the month this will change to the Science and Engineering Support Team).
Ken is going to talk to Anna about the location of the support office in the revamped Appleton Tower.
Roger asked whether the arrangements for transitioning responsibilities between the old teams and the new units had been formalised. In many cases they had but Ken admitted that through pressure of work the transition arrangements concerning the User Support Unit had still not all been sorted out.
FC3 on laptops
George has attempted to reproduce the problem reported by Lindsey (inability to log into a laptop running FC3 when disconnected from the network) but so far his test machine is behaving itself perfectly. Lindsey will give him a laptop that displays the fault.
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