Handling High Email Volume with supK

Over the last year, the openstack-dev mailing list has averaged 2500 messages every month. Staying on top of that much email can be challenging, especially with some of the consumer-grade email clients available today. I’ve recently upgrade my email setup to use sup, a terminal-based mail client that is helping me process the mailing list, and even keep up with gerrit at the same time.


Deploying Nested ZNC Services with AnsibleK

The OpenStack community, like other open source communities, relies on IRC for a lot of our brief and interactive communication. The community is large, though, and spans the globe, so we are not all online simultaneously. Many of us also travel, meaning we are offline at times even when we are otherwise “working.” The result is lags in communication, or missed messages entirely.

ZNC is an IRC “bouncer”, a tool for maintaining a presence on an Internet Relay Chat network even when you yourself are not connected to the Internet. ZNC maintains a scroll-back buffer for each channel you join, letting you replay missed messages after reconnecting to the service for a while. Having access to the messages you’ve missed makes IRC more useful as an asynchronous communication tool.


Ansible Role for OpenStack DevelopmentK

As mentioned previously, I have been using ansible for managing my development configuration for a few months now, and I’m finally getting around to releasing some of the roles I’ve created in a form (possibly) useful to other folks. This one configures some of the packages needed to run unit tests for OpenStack projects.


Ansible Roles for Python DevelopersK

I have been using ansible for managing my development configuration for a few months now, and I’m finally getting around to releasing two of the roles I’ve created in a form (possibly) useful to other folks.


virtualenvwrapper.django 0.4.1K

What is virtualenvwrapper.django?K

virtualenvwrapper.django is a template plugin for virtualenvwrapper to create new Django projects automatically. When used with mkproject, it installs Django into the new virtualenv then runs django-admin.py to create a new project skeleton.

What’s New?K

This release replaces the use of distribute with setuptools (contributed by Sascha Peilicke).

sphinxcontrib-paverutils 1.7 – Sphinx/Paver integrationK

sphinxcontrib-paverutils provides an alternative integration of Sphinx and Paver. It supports calling Sphinx from within Paver using multiple configurations, and does not assume you only want to build HTML output.

What’s New?K

  • Newer versions of sphinx try to exit when main() is done, so trap that exit code and return it.
  • Build universal wheels of releases.

virtualenvwrapper 4.3.2 – Enhancements to virtualenvK

What is virtualenvwrapper?K

virtualenvwrapper is a set of extensions to virtualenv. The extensions include wrappers for creating and deleting virtual environments and otherwise managing your development workflow, making it easier to work on more than one project at a time without introducing conflicts in their dependencies.

What’s New?K

  • Start releasing wheels
  • Clean up documentation
  • Fix test invocation for zsh
  • add -q option to cd for zsh
  • make run_tests use the SHELL var to run test script


Visit the virtualenvwrapper project page for download links and installation instructions.

pocket2pinboard 0.1.0 – Import pocket articles into pinboard.inK

What is pocket2pinboard?K

pocket2pinboard copies your tagged articles from pocket to bookmarks on pinboard.in.

What’s New?K

This is the first public release.

linkscrubber 1.2.0 – pinboard.in bookmark cleanerK

What is linkscrubber?K

linkscrubber is a tool for working with pinboard.in bookmarks. Its primary feature is a command to replace links that redirect to another site, frequently a result of bookmarking something from an RSS feed or mobile site.

What’s New?K

This release updates the default list of sites to examine for redirects to include tc.o, bit.ly (and other .ly sites), lnkd.in, red.ht, and nyti.ms.

Taking the Long View: How the Oslo Program Reduces Technical DebtK

The video from the presentation I gave with Mark McLoghlin at the OpenStack summit last week is online.

In the fast-paced world of OpenStack development, we often focus on short-term needs like bug fixes and new features. The Oslo Program takes a longer view of the health and sustainability of the project. Our mission is to make OpenStack more maintainable by addressing cross-project code reuse and architectural issues. In this presentation we will cover the origins of Oslo and the processes and tools the team uses to improve OpenStack from the bottom up, making it easier to deploy, more approachable for new contributors, and sustainable for long-term use.