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Week: 16th May – 20th May 2022

Highlights of the week

Infrastructure & Release Engineering

Goal of this Initiative

Purpose of this team is to take care of day to day business regarding CentOS and Fedora Infrastructure and Fedora release engineering work.
It’s responsible for services running in Fedora and CentOS infrastructure and preparing things for the new Fedora release (mirrors, mass branching, new namespaces etc.).
The ARC (which is a subset of the team) investigates possible initiatives that CPE might take on.
Link to planning board:


Fedora Infra

  • Fedora Media Writer 5.0.1 is live/done for both windows and macos!
  • Email from users to users who use gmail is broken due to SPF changes on rh side. INC2210845
  • Switched to linux-system-roles.nbde_client (automatically unlocking encrypted devices via network) role from our home grown incomplete one after working thru a dracut bug in RHEL8.3+
  • RHEL9 content synced and already switched epel9 to use it.
  • Mass update/reboot in progress, outage later today to finish.

CentOS Infra including CentOS CI

  • CentOS Stream storage migration spike (Netapp for nfs/iscsi) (ongoing)
  • Duffy fixes and tests (ec2 provisioning working)
  • pagure upgrade/migration (blocked, waiting on internal Red Hat Team)
  • 9 stream build targets on cbs/koji now consuming centos9s-buildroot repositories straight from upstream kojihub for Stream 9 (no latency)
  • Business as usual (mirrors, tags)

Release Engineering

  • Archiving older releases
  • Updating the EOL release date will be part of the release schedule

Any Other Bussiness

CentOS Stream

Goal of this Initiative

This initiative is working on CentOS Stream/Emerging RHEL to make this new distribution a reality. The goal of this initiative is to prepare the ecosystem for the new CentOS Stream.


  • Changes to the c8s module migration code to automatically filter to modules that are released.
  • Migration of packages to new c8s infrastructure is moving along.
  • Fixing the ELN Everything installer.

CentOS Duffy CI

Goal of this Initiative

Duffy is a system within CentOS CI Infra which allows tenants to provision and access bare metal resources of multiple architectures for the purposes of CI testing.
We need to add the ability to checkout VMs in CentOS CI in Duffy. We have OpenNebula hypervisor available, and have started developing playbooks which can be used to create VMs using the OpenNebula API, but due to the current state of how Duffy is deployed, we are blocked with new dev work to add the VM checkout functionality.


  • Deployment: apply database schema migrations
  • Test per tenant quotas and provisioning on EC2

Package Automation (Packit Service)

Goal of this initiative

Automate RPM packaging of infra apps/packages


  • Mostly business as usual, lots of dependencies
  • A fair amount of manual packaging needs to happen for most of our applications first
  • Reducing a lot of dependency pinning
  • Unfortunately packit doesn’t support monorepos at the moment so Bodhi and Datanommer will be blocked until they do. It’s on their roadmap.
  • scoady pto for ~2 weeks

Flask-oidc: oauth2client replacement

Goal of this initiative

Flask-oidc is a library used across the Fedora infrastructure and is the client for ipsilon for its authentication. flask-oidc uses oauth2client. This library is now deprecated and no longer maintained. This will need to be replaced with authlib.


  • Starting to implement flask-oidc api using authlib.


Goal of this initiative

Extra Packages for Enterprise Linux (or EPEL) is a Fedora Special Interest Group that creates, maintains, and manages a high quality set of additional packages for Enterprise Linux, including, but not limited to, Red Hat Enterprise Linux (RHEL), CentOS and Scientific Linux (SL), Oracle Linux (OL).

EPEL packages are usually based on their Fedora counterparts and will never conflict with or replace packages in the base Enterprise Linux distributions. EPEL uses much of the same infrastructure as Fedora, including buildsystem, bugzilla instance, updates manager, mirror manager and more.


  • epel9 up to 2616 source packages (increase of 48 from last week).
  • Completed transition of epel9 from building against c9s snapshot to building against rhel9.
  • Retired multiple epel8 packages that were added in rhel8.6.
  • Identified and reported version mismatch between c9s gcc and gcc-epel in epel9, working with maintainer to provide a compatible version in epel9-next.
  • Ansible rebased to version 5 in epel8 (major update) and added to epel9.

Kindest regards,
CPE Team