Wikimedia Release Engineering Team/Checkin archive/20191204

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2019-12-04[edit]

Vacations/Important dates[edit]

https://office.wikimedia.org/wiki/HR_Corner/Holiday_List
How to do it
  • December 1–2: Jeena
  • December 6: Lars (Finnish Independence Day)
  • December 23: James, Brennen, Greg (need to put it in Namely)
  • December 24–31 (Christmas): Staff with reqs (everyone? (yes))
  • December 25–26: Lars (Christmas)
  • 1 January (New Year's Day): Staff with reqs, Lars
  • 2–3 January: James
  • 20 January (Martin Luther King Jr. Day): Staff with reqs
  • 17 February (Presidents' Day): Staff with reqs
  • 9 March (DST+1 day): Staff with reqs
  • 24 April (Not-Easter): Staff with reqs
  • 25 May (Memorial Day): Staff with reqs

Rotating positions[edit]

Train[edit]

Maniphest query for deployment blocker tasks: https://phabricator.wikimedia.org/maniphest/query/s3KW8bpsXhYF/#R


  • 25 Nov - wmf.8 [Group0 on Tuesday] - Brennen + Mukunda (Thanksgiving)
  • 2 Dec - wmf.8 part 2 [Wednesday Group1 + Thursday Group2] - Brennen + Dan
  • 9 Dec - wmf.10 - Dan + James
  • 16 Dec - wmf.11 - James + Jeena
  • 23 Dec - wmf.12 - No Train or any other deploys (Winterval)
  • 30 Dec - wmf.13 - No Train or any other deploys (Still Winterval)
  • 6 Jan - wmf.14 - Jeena + Lars
  • 13 Jan - wmf.15 - Lars + Antoine

SoS[edit]

  • Aug 14 onward: Zeljko 🎸 🎷 \o/

Team Business[edit]

Incoming/Needs attention[edit]

Offsite Actions[edit]

  • 🏂 In progress In progress [thcipriani] SPOF Training program
    • Idea: assigned pairings for folks
    • Things in production that we intend to maintain over the next year + current owners:
      • Gerrit: Thcipriani -- two people needed
      • Scap: Thcipriani -- two people needed -- Dan + Lars
      • Phabricator: Mukunda + designated tribute (antoine: could use training for the basics) (brennen: well, I know PHP...)
      • Jenkins/Zuul/CI infra: Antoine + James
      • Production config architecture: James + designated tribute
  • [Mukunda] Monthly rotating blog post
  • [thcipriani/greg] Program/Project managers
    • [JDF] highlighted this to Grace, so she expects outreach to understand the role.

Q3 (Jan–Mar 2020) Goal Planning is upon us![edit]

  • Mukunda + James: Automate branchcut
  • Antoine: Jessie migration for integration project
    • Needs support for blubber. Overlap with Pipeline migrations goal below.
    • Needs support for Scap
  • Antoine + James: Quibble parsing extension.json for dependencies instead of hard-coded in CI.
  • DECISION: Let's not do wikimedia/production.git until we have more clarity on timeline for way forward from SRE.
  • Local dev
    • [Finish putting TMH in local-charts if not done by then.]
    • Land basic local dev into mw/core itself.
  • James: Pipeline migrations, cont'd -- supporting teams as they switch [Minimal work from RelEng side; depends on SRE & teams.] Overlap with Jessie migration for integration.


  • Pipeline documentation
    • Dan + Lars
  • [Pending discussion with SRE] New CI

Timespent spreadsheet[edit]

For the avoidance of doubt: fill out the sheet week number for the previous week

Book club[edit]

Monthly reflection on accomplishments - December '19 edition[edit]

https://www.mediawiki.org/wiki/Wikimedia_Release_Engineering_Team/Monthly_notable_accomplishments
Add as you have them!
  • PHP 7.4 testing was available in CI the first "business day" after 7.4.0 was released.

Scrum of Scrums for next week[edit]

Internal team notes, not for pasting into the SoS notes[edit]

Incoming from last week (aka this morning)[edit]

Callouts[edit]
  • Release Engineering - unusual train schedule:
    • This week: 1.35.0-wmf.8 - group1 + group2
    • Next week: 1.35.0-wmf.10
    • December 23-January 3rd - No deploys (including train), Holiday break

Outgoing next week[edit]

  • Blocked by:
  • Blocking:
  • Updates:
Callouts[edit]
  • Release Engineering - December 23-January 3rd - No deploys (including train), Holiday break

Train status and happenings[edit]

https://www.mediawiki.org/wiki/Wikimedia_Release_Engineering_Team/Roles#Train_Conductor

Standup![edit]

Antoine[edit]

Last week[edit]

  • Best thing
    • Mukunda empowered Antoine as a Phabricator administrator. \o/
    • Started Doxygen Debian packaging backport to fix search
    • Jenkins job collapsible sections fixed. Learned more about Jenkins plugins / maven https://phabricator.wikimedia.org/T236222
  • Worst thing
    • CI debian-glue job does not support pristine-tar delta v3 due to running on Jessie grr
  • What I planned vs did
    • Did Quibble reviews
  • Unplannned

This week[edit]

  • What I plan to do
  • Blockers

Other[edit]


Brennen[edit]

Last week[edit]

This week[edit]

Other[edit]


Dan[edit]

Last week[edit]

  • Best thing
    • Not working
  • Worst thing
    • Staying in a household where no one else drinks coffee, thus no coffee being readily available
      • 😱 Can we drop-ship you a portable coffee machine? Yes! Next time :) Or I can just buy myself an Aeropress
  • What I planned vs did
    • N/A
  • Unplannned
    • N/A

This week[edit]

  • What I plan to do
    • Come up with questions for SRE re: third-party vs. WMF K8s platform
    • Reaquaint myself with scap codebase and look at ways to support PHP-based l10n
    • Talk to Brennen about pairing tooling research and experimentation
    • PipelineLib user documentation
    • PipelineLib git clone improvements (depth and parallel clone support)
    • Tooling to simplify easier taskification of daily work
    • Taskify the above
  • Blockers
    • Argo CI platform work blocked on SRE

Other[edit]


Greg[edit]

Last week[edit]

  • Best thing
    • vacation
    • left overs
  • Worst thing
    • rain
  • What I planned vs did
  • Unplannned

This week[edit]

  • What I plan to do
    • MTP/OKR metrics working group
    • leveling/job codes
    • review as much of techconf+offsite notes as possible
    • all hands team day (mostly done for now, but more coming)
  • Blockers
    • time
    • parents in town

Other[edit]


James[edit]

Last week[edit]

  • Best thing
  • Worst thing
    • Got almost nothing done due to pesky holidays.
  • What I planned vs did
    • Not much.
  • Unplannned
    • A few things broke.

This week[edit]

  • What I plan to do
    • JDI for CI diff reports of changes, and then? static config in production
    • CI/CR metrics doc fiddles.
    • Runbooks documentation collation/writing.
  • Blockers
    • None known.

Other[edit]


Jeena[edit]

Last week[edit]

  • Best thing
    • Making Tea :D :D :D
  • Worst thing
    • Food Poisoning :(
  • What I planned vs did
    • Vacation
  • Unplannned

This week[edit]

  • What I plan to do
    • Catch up on emails
    • Catch up on things that got done while gone
    • Do Keysigning
    • register for all hands
  • Blockers

Other[edit]


Lars[edit]

Last week[edit]

  • Best thing
    • Getting over jet lag, more or less.
  • Worst thing
    • The Darkness.
  • What I planned vs did
    • Yes DoneSet up git repo for PGP public keys on Gerrit, for keysigning.
    • N Not done Read TechConf and offsite notes, extract any useful bits.
    • N Not done Ponder SRE input on new CI from TechConf. Discuss with Tyler, Dan.
    • N Not done Do an Argo test deployment.
    • N Not done Start work on documenting pipelinelib so it can be re-implemented for new CI.
  • Unplanned
    • Participated in email discussion about not dropping embargoed security patches.

This week[edit]

  • What I plan to do
    • Write and send out howto for signing PGP keys. phab:T239829
    • Read TechConf and offsite notes, extract any useful bits.
    • Ponder SRE input on new CI from TechConf. Discuss with Tyler, Dan.
    • Do an Argo test deployment.
    • Start work on documenting pipelinelib so it can be re-implemented for new CI.
  • Blockers
    • Nope.

Other[edit]

  • SAD is kicking me in the head. Please make the Darkness go away.
  • Some shoulder and shoulder blade trouble. Not too bad.


Mukunda[edit]

Last week[edit]

  • Best thing
    • Phab migrated to phab1001
  • Worst thing
    • phab1001 has horrible disk i/o performance. The SATA controller is set to legacy ide mode in bios and it's going to require a reinstall to fix it.
  • What I planned vs did
    • Yes Done phabricator migration
    • N Not done phabricator upgrade: still need to merge from upstream/stable && deploy.
  • Unplannned
    • Phabricator: debian reimage/reinstall tonight

This week[edit]

  • What I plan to do
    • Finish my phabricator redundancy OKRs
      • Finish reinstalling phab1001
      • Test some more failure scenarios.
    • Look into open-sourcing phabricator-antivandalism as I finally have the OK from our security team.
  • Blockers
    • Needing to sleep occasionally.

Other[edit]


Tyler[edit]

Last week[edit]

  • Best thing
    • Didn't horribly burn myself
  • Worst thing
    • Holidays/Blazey's family/being sick
  • What I planned vs did
    • Yes Done Mandatory trainings
    • Yes Done 177 résumés Hiring reviews
    • In progress In progress Offsite TODO amalgamation
  • Unplannned

This week[edit]

  • What I plan to do
    • Wrangle hiring loop
    • Build SPoF program
    • Q3 planning kickoff
    • Do keysigning!
    • Register for all-hands (everyone!)
  • Blockers

Other[edit]

  • Dog reajusting to 3 week schedule change
  • I am still sick :(


Zeljko[edit]

Last week[edit]

  • Best thing
    • caugh up on sleep 😴
  • Worst thing
    • safeguard contract 📜
  • What I planned vs did
    • catch up on gerrit/phabricator/mail ✅
    • Selenium documentation updates ❌
  • Unplannned
    • safeguard contract 📜
    • Harassment & Discrimination Prevention 👊

This week[edit]

  • What I plan to do
    • work on testing related questions for interviews with developers ❓
    • expense report (Coupa)
    • prepare to close my company: paperwork, meet with accountant... 👔
    • read article for book club (can not attend book club) 📖
    • prepare talk about software testing anti patterns for local tech meetup 🎤
    • use more emoji 🤠
  • Blockers

Other[edit]

  • my phone started behaving strangely recently, had to do factory reset over the weekend, it took a few hours to get back to being functional but looks like problems are solved