Friday, January 29, 2010

OSG 1.2.6 Release Announcement

OSG Operations and Integration are pleased to announce the release of OSG version 1.2.6.

This update changes the way we distribute configure-osg and the RSV by incorporating them into the VDT cache — you should see no difference in behavior. In addition, resource and resource_group settings have been added to the Site Information section of the config.ini in order to align the information that gip provides with the information in OIM. The site_name setting is deprecated and should be replaced by these two settings but configure-osg will still accept and use the site_name setting if resource and resource_group are not given. Admins upgrading their CE should check the update instructions in order to make sure that they have correctly configured their systems.

This release also updates several software components, see the complete list below.

We recommend this update if you are running a Compute Element (for the GIP and Gratia probe updates), BeStMan, Xrootd, or the Fermi SRM client. Other installations are low priority to update.

This release also updates several software components, see the complete list below.

* osg-config
* osg-version
* Gratia Collector
* Gratia Probes
* Mysql
* OSG Match-Maker
* Fermi SRM client
The VDT-Updater package is now included with CE and other packages.

The following package has been added:

* OSG Discovery Tools

Complete update instructions can be found at

If you are updating from a version prior to 1.2.0 or installing the OSG stack for the first time see the full installation instructions at

Wednesday, January 27, 2010

New VO Package Available

A new VO package is now available.

There are two files that have been updated:
* Updated Ordering to the CDF VO
* Addition of the GridUNESP VO (Please remember to create a local
account for gridunesp mapping.)

A detailed list of changes is available at

The GOC suggests backing up your installation before running any
update commands.

To pull the new VO Package for an OSG 1.0.x or 1.2.0 Resource please
# source
# pacman -update vo-package

To pull the new VO Package for the OSG Client 1.0.x or 1.2.0 please use:
# source
# pacman -update vo-client

MyOSG URL Registration

MyOSG Users,

Many of you use MyOSG's XML content for your systems. In order to improve MyOSG to meet our users' needs and increase reliability, we have created a form where you can register MyOSG XML URLs that you use. This will also help us understand as developers who is using which XML and in what manner. We will additionally use this information to prevent any harmful changes to the XML that could break your services. Understanding how you use MyOSG will help us to make necessary changes more quickly and efficiently by understanding the scope of user impact.

The following is a link to the MyOSG URL Registration Form:

Please forward this message to all administrators and developers who
are using MyOSG's XML content.

Thank you
Grid Operations Center

Tuesday, January 19, 2010

GOC Service Update - Tuesday, January 26th at 14:00 UTC

The GOC will upgrade the OIM, Ticket, and MyOSG services beginning at Tuesday, January 26th at 14:00 UTC.

No service outages are expected for the OIM, Ticket and MyOSG services, during this upgrade but the GOC reserves 1 hour for unforeseen problems. .

ITB versions are now available for testing at,, and; we encourage users to test these services before the release.

MyOSG 1.14
*Added HEPSPEC value to RGSummary page
*Added ServiceDescription to RGSummary XML
*Fixed bug which was causing service name to be not populated in RGSummary XML
*Updated to show service name instead of service description in RGSummary html view
*Removed dependencies for RGstatushistory pages on rsvprocess cache.
*Added check to not display "Critical Metrics" toggler if there are no information avaiable.
*Applied apache2 license / Updated license note in the footer
*Fixed issue where htmlentity function was converting certain characters (atilde) into entities that some browsers / parsers cannot understand.
*Updated the sample pages to only show a subset of information in order to decrease the amount of server load, and make the sample pages to loadfaster for users who are just exploring MyOSG
*Some other cosmetic changes

Ticket 1.13
*Updated the ticket editor - updated the UI components and re-organized to maximize the field sizes; This only applies to GOC staff and others with edit capability
*Added a form to resubmit ggus xml more easily; this only applies GOC staff
*Added delay between each fpcall retry - for better success on SOAP retry.
*Applied apache2 license / Updated license note in the footer
*Updated the Web API with issues we discovered with how FP9 now stores contact information for agents.

OIM 2.13
*Updated the downtime editor to be specific to each downtime; avoids confusion
on user end
*Updated code so SC assignees are added FP ticket created for resource and VO registration (
*Fixed the issue where Unicode characters sometimes causes issue on a text field
*Applied apache2 license / Updated license note in the footer
*Patch Release: Updated the welcome note for user without certificate (patched on previous release)

Friday, January 8, 2010

Potential downtime for VDT web/email services this weekend

Hello everyone,

This weekend there will be a major cooling and power upgrade in the building that houses the VDT computers. We expect our major services--the VDT web site and email--to stay operational during this time. However, if there are problems there may be unanticipated downtimes. Any downtimes should be resolved by Monday morning. We apologize in advance for any inconveniences.

Note: while email to will not be lost, responses may be delayed due to this event.

Alain Roy
Open Science Grid Software Coordinator

OSG 1.2.5 release notice

January 08, 2010

This update affects all OSG based installs of Xrootd, XrootdFS, and BeStMan.

This update includes newer versions of several SE components that provide features requested by ATLAS. Sites belonging to the ATLAS VO may need to apply this update to their SEs.

We recommend this update if you are running BeStMan, Xrootd, or XrootdFS and belong to the ATLAS VO. Other installations can consider this a low priority update.

This release also updates several software components, see the complete list below.


The components that have been updated may also include bugfixes. Please see the VDT release notes at for more details.

Update instructions can be found on the OSG twiki at

The release notes for the VDT 2.0.0p12 release underlying this release can be found at