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The Dice Project

Operational Meeting

Minutes of the meeting held on Wednesday 26th July 2006
Room 2511, JCMB

Roger Burroughes, Tim Colles, Chris Cooke, Ken Dawson (convener and minutes), Morna Findlay, Stephen Quinney, Gordon Reid, Alastair Scobie, Rosemary Soutar, Craig Strachan
  1. Apologies for absence

    George and Toby had sent their apologies.

  2. minutes of the last meeting.

    These were accepted.

  3. Reports from units.

  4. Premature closing of connections to ldap master server during running of the /usr/sbin/syncdbldap script.

    Ken outlined the symptoms and reported Simon's initial diagnosis that the root cause was almost certainly LDAP. As no member of the Infrastructure Unit was present Ken said he would raise the issue again offline. When Simon arrived shortly afterwards he said that the only circumstances under which OpenLDAP should drop a connection was if there was a timeout. He asked that the problem be reported via bugzilla.

  5. LaTeX under FC5 (specifically latex.local.informatics)

    Iain reported that the student providing LaTeX support was working on porting this rpm to FC5 and the new version of tetex. It was not clear to anybody which parts of the local LaTeX support were most urgently needed. Ken commented that Ross was going to try and establish what local LaTeX support was missing from FC5 that was needed for current work (as opposed to say the poster support that shouldn't be needed until next spring). Roger mentioned a LaTeX related request from a member of staff. Alastair reminded us of the general principle that priority needs to be given to things that affect most people.

    It was agreed that the User Support Unit would take responsibility for managing the work being done by the student providing LaTeX support.

    Morna commented that there were still tex related packages available on RedHat 9 machines that were not even ported to FC3.

  6. AOCB

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