Wednesday, July 31, 2019

Ivo got active, and today he will come to Vigala so I can help him with getting started. It is a little Lino developers camp.

I released XL 19.7.6 and Lino 19.7.5 to PyPI (2019).

In the afternoon, with Ivo, we worked on the problem that getlino configure couldn’t write to the config file for monit.

Ivo did his first suggestion for fixing this: use mode “w+” instead of “w” when opening it. But that wasn’t the problem. Actually “w” is what we want (look at this diagram). We observed that monit had not been installed. But why?

We found why getlino did not install monit : because I had added the --asroot option, and we didn’t specify this. Now getlino calls os.geteuid() to detect whether it is running as root. No more --asroot option needed. Ivo knew it, and we saw it here, but I had to verify:

$ sudo python -c "import os; print(os.geteuid())"

Indeed: when you are user luc and run a command with sudo, then for the time of the command you “are” actually root. The process does not even know that it has been invoked by a user luc.

The next problem then was that getlino didn’t actually install the pip_packages. This was a bug caused by my changes some days ago.

Note that getlino is now fixed on travis, but it doesn’t yet test enough. Okay, configure and startsite now work without error, but we should also test whether the server restarts and whether the site responds to requests.