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I'm not seeing portgrabber(1) anywhere. Where is it, or what are the up-to-date instructions for running a non-PHP Web service? abartov (talk) 07:36, 14 December 2014 (UTC)

There is no documentation for this. The source can be found here, i. e. basically connect to /tmp/sock.portgranter, send $tool\n there, receive a port number back, connect to port 8282 on tools-webproxy, send .*\n$host:$port\n there, leave the sockets open until your server terminates. Note that for non-PHP = Tomcat, there is webservice tomcat start. --Tim Landscheidt (talk) 07:53, 14 December 2014 (UTC)
Thanks, Tim! This was helpful. I now see portgrabber is reachable on the grid, even if not from the tool's command line. I ran into more difficulty running my server, but it does not appear to be related to portgrabber, but to the environment. abartov (talk) 21:27, 14 December 2014 (UTC)
I'm sorry, I misread your question to mean "how does portgrabber work", not "how does one use portgrabber". It's rather pretty easy: Call it with portgrabber $tool $command [$arg1…$argn], and it will grab a port number and call $command [$arg1…$argn] $port (leaving the sockets open until $command terminates). --Tim Landscheidt (talk) 21:44, 14 December 2014 (UTC)

Can't move logs?

Per the instructions, I've tried modifying the ~/.lighttpd.conf from

server.errorlog = "$home/error.log"
server.breakagelog = "$home/error.log"


server.errorlog += "$home/logs/error.log"
server.breakagelog += "$home/logs/error.log"

And I just get hit with

2015-08-03 02:03:30: (log.c.166) server started 
2015-08-03 02:03:30: (log.c.118) opening errorlog '/data/project/avicbot/error.log$home/logs/error.log' failed: No such file or directory
2015-08-03 02:03:30: (server.c.1012) Opening errorlog failed. Going down. 

my ~/logs directory does exist, but it seems it's trying to go to '/data/project/avicbot/error.log$home/logs/error.log' ? Is this expected behavior, or am I doing something wrong? #avicennasis@wikitech 02:16, 3 August 2015 (UTC)

If you mean the section "Default configuration", that is an extract of the corresponding shell script lighttpd-starter where $home will be replaced with the tool's home directory. So in your ~/.lighttpd.conf, you need to use explicit paths (e. g., /data/project/avicbot/logs/error.log) instead.
But your intention cannot be fulfilled: You cannot use server.errorlog = ("Duplicate config variable in conditional 0 global: server.errorlog"), and using server.errorlog += will append the path to the default one and thus not work either.
If you are really committed to putting logs in ~/logs, you could theoretically duplicate the whole web service set up and change the server.errorlog configuration to your liking, but for all practical purposes I would try to make peace with ~/error.log :-). --Tim Landscheidt (talk) 03:06, 3 August 2015 (UTC)
I spoke too soon: If you use a construct like:
$HTTP["url"] =~ "^/" {
        server.errorlog = "/data/project/avicbot/logs/error.log"
you can make lighttpd output its log there, but the grid system will create ~/error.log nonetheless. However I would still recommend sticking to the "standard" layout. --Tim Landscheidt (talk) 03:19, 3 August 2015 (UTC)
Ah well. I'll learn to get used to it, it seems. Thank you for the reply, though. #avicennasis@wikitech 07:18, 4 August 2015 (UTC)

Redirecting http to https

What is the best way to redirect all traffic to https? I have tried the following but it results in an infinite loop:

$HTTP["scheme"] == "http" {
    $HTTP["host"] =~ ".*" {
        url.redirect = (".*" => "https://%0$0")

Sam Wilson 06:19, 13 February 2017 (UTC)

I believe this is impossible with ~/.lighttpd.conf alone. I looked at a similar question and the source code of the suggested solution mod_extforward, but after adding:
server.modules += ( "mod_extforward" )

extforward.forwarder = ( "all" => "trust")
to ~/.lighttpd.conf $HTTP['scheme'] still always was http. So we would have to write our own lighttpd module which we probably won't do :-).
The bigger picture of making Tool Labs https-only is tracked as phab:T102367, and it's probably best to solve this there globally. --Tim Landscheidt (talk) 10:11, 13 February 2017 (UTC)
@Tim Landscheidt: Hmm, bother! Ah well, it's a shame it can't be done in .lighttpd.conf, but as you say it's something that will be solved globally (at some point). In the meantime I'm doing this: (based on code in video2commons). I might add a note to this page about how to do this.
Sam Wilson 10:29, 13 February 2017 (UTC)

Creating a virtual environment for a Python app

python3 -m venv ~/www/python/venv

Does not seem to work, see also

The Phabricator task suggests instead:

virtualenv -p python3 venv
Apparently the command needed depends on which host operating system you are using. On a Toolforge bastion you need the virtualenv -p python3 venv form and will end up with a Python 3.4.0 virtual environment. Inside a Kubernetes python container you need to use the python3 -m venv ~/www/python/venv form and will end up with a Python 3.4.2 virtual environment. --BryanDavis (talk) 19:48, 5 July 2017 (UTC)