Ticket #559 (closed defect: fixed)

Opened 14 years ago

Last modified 13 years ago

Cluster machines should call for help

Reported by: jdreed Owned by:
Priority: low Milestone: The Distant Future
Component: -- Keywords:
Cc: Fixed in version:
Upstream bug:


A cluster machine that is sad (i.e. because it downgraded itself to -workstation) should know enough to call for help.

A possible method is that the installer drops an unpackaged initscript somewhere that, if debathena-cluster is not installed, displays a single X window that says "This workstation is temporarily out of service, please contact hotline@…".

The window could also do more awesome things,like prompt the user to click a button to hackboot into PXE and reinstall, or something else.

But at the very least, it should advertise its brokenness.

Change History

comment:1 Changed 14 years ago by jdreed

So, with new-gdm, we could probably do something with debathena-branding. Specifically, if it's running debathena-workstation, but has Hesiod CLUSTER=cluster, then something is horribly broken and it should scream loudly.

While Nagios will partially do what we want (and in fact already does, I believe), we may want to actually prevent users from using broken machines or inform them to go elsewhere.

comment:2 Changed 13 years ago by jdreed

  • Priority changed from normal to low
  • Milestone changed from IAP 2011 to The Distant Future

comment:3 Changed 13 years ago by jdreed

  • Status changed from new to closed
  • Resolution set to fixed

The installer has done this for a while now, and Nagios is sufficiently for cluster != workstation.

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