[hackerspaces] request for help: hackerspaces.org tech

Chrrles Paul charles.paul at gmail.com
Fri Feb 15 21:56:10 CET 2013

I can write a Fabric (cuisine, technically) script to set up Mediawiki on
EC2 using the Rightscale API (so it could be deployed on other, better
service providers *cough* Softlayer).

Let me know if you need help.  I have heavy lifting DevOps experience doing
just this on sites with high Alexa rankings.

Take Care!

On Fri, Feb 15, 2013 at 2:51 PM, Paul Bohm <bohmps at gmail.com> wrote:

> Hey Hackers!
> Hackerspaces.org has a problem and I really hope one of you can help turn
> Hackerspaces.org into a properly working, useful resource again.
> The Hackerspaces Wiki is stuck on an old semantic mediawiki version - and
> it's broken on many levels. E.g. it's really hard - almost impossible - to
> list all the spaces. Pagination is broken, the map doesn't work anymore,
> etc. etc. It's basically just on life support.
> Also it is running on a single physical server. upgrades are not likely to
> work without problems when migrating from such an old version to the
> current version, but leaving it in this broken state is like coma. Just
> trying to migrate the database of a server that hasn't been fully updated
> in years is scary, and might cause data model migration breakage and
> horrible downtime.
> Having helped build a service that now serves hundreds of millions of
> users reliably (Dropbox), my standards are higher. So to make things easier
> to maintain again, I'd really like to have fabric or puppet scripts to
> deploy a new setup for hackerspaces.org from scratch - e.g. to ec2 -, so
> that we can test migration (the classical dev, staging, production setup).
> Sector67, which doesn't properly show up in the index and feels like they
> are missing out on potential new members because of that, has now emailed
> me twice in the course of months. They have even offered a cash bounty to
> have this fixed. I'd really like to do this myself (for free), but I just
> can't seem to find the time.
> Is there anyone out there who has the necessary Ops experience to deploy
> an ec2 instance per fabric script, and other stuff like copying over the
> database to a staging machine where we can test if it migrates properly.
> etc?
> I'd add my own cash to Sector67's bounty, and I'd be glad to cover the
> hosting costs, but more than that you'd get mad geek cred for having built
> the deploy scripts for Hackerspaces.org (!). We've all helped build this
> community to over 700 active hackerspaces in just a few years. Now let's
> find a way to make this wiki a useful and usable resource again!
> If you're interested send me direct mail and I'll coordinate!
> Thanks y'all! Hack on!
> -enki
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