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codesearch currently runs from the "codesearch" Cloud VPS project, on the codesearch6 instance. nagf is helpful to monitor the health of the instance.


Each search profile (everything, extensions, skins, etc.) listed are backed by individual instances of hound, that are controlled by hound-$backend systemd units. A flask web application proxies requests to the individual hound backends and injects in our customizations. It runs through the hound_proxy systemd unit.

Everything is puppetized, so puppet will ensure all of the systemd units are running. Note that all of the backend units depend upon the proxy, so restarting the proxy will restart all of the backends.

The larger backends can take up to 15 minutes to start. The start up process can be rather memory and CPU intensive (especially on a truly cold start on a brand new instance), so the script tries to only allow one backend to start up at once.

The health check page should be helpful in seeing whether the hound backends are actually down, or just starting up still.

The configuration for each backend is written by the codesearch-write-config systemd timer. Each backend's unit is configured to restart every 24 hours, so it picks up the new configuration.

Adding a new search profile/backend[edit]

In labs/codesearch:

  • Update to generate configuration for the new backend
  • Update with a label for the search profile
  • Example: gerrit:565424

In operations/puppet:

  • Update hieradata/labs/codesearch/common.yaml with the new backend and the next numerical port
  • Example: gerrit:567190

The codesearch patch must be merged before the puppet one. Also ensure that the codesearch-write-config systemd timer has run before the puppet patch is merged.

Adding a new instance[edit]


Format /srv, then apply puppet role and run puppet, switch over web proxy.