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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

  • Fixed cert generation in ipa staging (needed upgrade run)
  • Found problem with proxies that stopped processing, was an apache bug. Downgraded back to previous stable version.
  • Good progress on testing ansible upgrade. Successfully run playbooks with python3.8/ansible-core-2.12.3.
  • Usual business.

CentOS Infra including CentOS CI

  • Kicked off work for the ansible 2.9.x => 5.x (good progress so far)
  • WIP : new lookaside structure and building from gitlab (working but need now just last steps like centpkg-minimal)
  • Last centos-repos should enable the extras-common repo for SIGs (autonomous from koji builds)
  • Multiple 1:1 with phsmoura for infra onboarding
  • Bussiness as usual: new koji tags , projects on

Release Engineering

  • F36 Beta 1.4
  • Work on SCM request automation should be finished this week – PR

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.


  • Troubleshooting CCCC service issues
  • Build & pushing Extras repos for CentOS Stream 8, once built, tags will be available
  • Content resolver can now differentiate between warnings (when a workload lists packages that don’t exist) and failures (actual dependency problems).
  • DC move went well, all systems operational again

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.



Goal of this Initiative

This initiative is to separate Bodhi into multiple sub packages, fix integration and unit tests in CI, fix dependency management and automate part of the release process.
Read ARC team findings in detail at:


  • Got rid of the DeclEnumType warning with SQLAlchemy 1.4+
  • Use namespace packages in accordance with current recommendations (avoiding needless .pth files)
  • Copy severity when obsoleting a security update
  • Updated Vagrant docs
  • Dependency management (ongoing)
  • Added procedure for pushing the snapshots to staging


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 2187 source packages (increase of 39 from last week)
  • Notable EPEL9 packages now available:
    • KDE Plasma
    • openvpn and NetworkManager-openvpn
    • Several ansible collections (general, mysql, rabbitmq, podman)

Kindest regards,
CPE Team