Tuesday, July 30, 2013

Java 7 announcement

OSG community:

To help OSG admins migrate from the now-unsupported free edition of Oracle
JDK 1.6, the OSG Software team has prepared and tested new builds of all
Java packages using Java version 7 (specifically, using OpenJDK 7). Today,
we announce that the new packages are available in (Upcoming) production
and that we are seeking volunteers to be the first to deploy them.


The Java 7 packages are available now in the Upcoming area. Eventually, we
will incorporate these updates back into the main OSG Software 3.1 area, so
that they become the default packages for all users. The timeline for this
transition is as follows:

* now - 30 August 2013: Early adopters use packages from Upcoming
* 13 August 2013: Fix remaining known issues in Upcoming (see below)
* 10 September 2013: Release Java 7 packages in main OSG Software 3.1 area

Of course, if a number of issues arise, we may elect to delay the release
until the planned 8 October release.

Please let us know soon if you want and are able to be an early adopter of
the Java 7 packages. We would like your feedback on how the packages are
working for you and how the upgrade process goes. Contact information is


Because sites may not want to install the Java 7 packages right away, they
are available from the Upcoming area, described here:


Specific installation instructions for the Java 7 packages are here:



Today, there are a few known issues with the Java 7 packages in Upcoming:

* The jGlobus package (used by BeStMan 2) needs bug fix updates
* HDFS 2 installs fail due to a missing bigtop-utils package

Both issues are expected to be fixed in OSG 3.1.22 on 13 August 2013.


The main software components affected by this project are:

* BeStMan 2
* dCache and BeStMan SRM clients
* Gratia service
* HDFS (aka hadoop-0.20)
* Pegasus
* VOMS (specifically, VOMS Admin)

For earlier information about our migration project, see:



We welcome feedback on issues you encounter with the new packages at
osg-software@opensciencegrid.org or goc@opensciencegrid.org

Tuesday, July 16, 2013

GOC Service Update - Tuesday, July 23rd, 2013 at 13:00 UTC

The GOC will upgrade the following services beginning Tuesday, July 23rd, 2013 at 13:00 UTC. The GOC reserves 8 hours in the unlikely event that unexpected problems are encountered.  We encourage users to test affected services before the production release.

MyOSG 2.13

* Added check for empty contact list for Resource Summary XML which was generating PHP notice alerts.
* Update email addresses for OSG mesh configs (full and VOs) to OSG GOC staff.


Updating osg-measurements-metrics-web/db version from 1.2-5 to 1.2-8

1.2-6 Release Notes

1) config/GratiaWeb: in response to GratiaWeb-34 change request (exit 0 changed to 'exit $?')
2) osg-mesurements-metrics-web.spec: corrected a program 'requirements' line to include python-simplejson'
3) setup/setup_Web.cfg: modified a program 'requirements' line to include 'python-simplejson'
4) src/gratia/web/__init__.py: in response to GratiaWeb-35 change request in reference ('^Batch$')
* added 'NotContainsRegex' function to test for regex expression characters
* modified code to implement regex tests on the fields filter_dict['facility'] and filter_dict['vo']

1.2-7 Release notes

This version contains changes responding to GratiaWeb-39 'Disable Monitoring Pages'. The primary files impacted by these changes are: src/gratia/web/__init__.py and src/gratia/web/navigate.py.
Additional file changes are those needed to modify version-release information 'setup/*.cfg' and the associated '*-db.spec' and '*-web.spec' files.

1.2-8 Release Notes

This version contains changes responding to resolve GratiaWeb-38 'Disable Authentication Warnings': these changes were achieved by commenting out /src/gratia/templates files: bysite.tmpl, byvo.tmpl, main.tmpl in the
initial 'is_authenticated' section.

All Services

There will be OS updates; reboots will be required.  Downtime should be minimal, and the usual high-availability mechanisms will be used to reduce service downtime even further and eliminate it in most cases.  However, services may experience degraded performance, and the services without HA mechanisms (OIM and Twiki) will still experience brief downtimes.  Updates include, but are not limited to:
* [RHSA-2013:1050-01] Critical: php53 security update
* [RHSA-2013:1049-01] Critical: php security update
* [RHSA-2013:1034-01] Low: kernel security and bug fix update
* [RHSA-2013:1014-01] Important: java-1.6.0-openjdk security update
* [RHSA-2013:0963-01] Critical: java-1.7.0-oracle security update
* [RHSA-2013:0958-01] Important: java-1.7.0-openjdk security update
* [RHSA-2013:0957-01] Critical: java-1.7.0-openjdk security update

Friday, July 12, 2013

OSG Software SHA-2 Compliance

OSG VO and Site Administrators,

As of October 1st, 2013, Certificate Authorities (CAs) that are part of the International Grid Trust Federation (IGTF) will begin issuing certificates with new SHA-2 hash algorithms. By this date you will need to update some components of the OSG middleware package to be SHA-2 compliant. At this point all software except the dCache SRM Client has been updated in the OSG software stack. The dCache SRM Client is scheduled for release in the OSG stack on August 13th, 2013. To be fully compliant in all packages you will need to be updated to OSG 3.1.22 or greater. A full table of packages and the OSG version they are compliant at is available at https://www.opensciencegrid.org/bin/view/Documentation/Release3/SHA2Compliance. It is very important that you review this list and determine if the commonly used software at your site needs to be updated.

The OSG Production and Software Teams are available to answer your questions and support you during upgrade. Please open a ticket at http://ticket.grid.iu.edu/goc/submit if you have any questions or need assistance.

Thursday, July 11, 2013

Intermittant access problems with MyOSG

Starting July 9th, 2013, MyOSG users may have encountered intermittent, short outages.

The service has been reverted to a previous version (2.10 from 2.12) until a complete investigation as to the cause of the problem can be completed.

The GOC apologizes for any inconvenience.

Wednesday, July 10, 2013

New VO Package - New VOs Added

A new VO package is now available. This package includes new VOs GLAST and Auger. The NEBioGrid VO has also been removed from the package, NEBioGrid has been absorbed into the SBGrid VO.

A detailed list of changes is available at:

This release is part of the OSG 3.1.21 Software Release, which was released yesterday 7/9/2013. Instructions are available at:

With the recent deprecation of Pacman, we will no longer release a Pacman version of the update files. Though for legacy reasons the raw files can still be found at:

Announcing OSG Software version 3.1.21

We are pleased to announce OSG Software version 3.1.21!

This is the new OSG Software distributed via RPMs for:

* Scientific Linux 5 and 6
* CentOS 5 and 6
* Red Hat Enterprise Linux 5 and 6

Changes in the osg-release repository include:

* IGTF 1.54 CA certificates
* VO package V45
* VOMS logrotate bug fix
* HTCondor init script enhancements

Changes in the osg-upcoming-release repository include:

* OpenJDK 7 support (many packages updated)
* HDFS 2 (Hadoop)
* HTCondor 8.0.0

Release notes and pointers to more documentation can be found at:


Need help? Let us know:


We welcome feedback on this release!

Tuesday, July 2, 2013

GOC Service Update - Tuesday, July 9th at 14:00 UTC

The GOC will upgrade the following services beginning Tuesday, July 9th, 2013 at 13:00 UTC. The GOC reserves 8 hours in the unlikely event that unexpected problems are encountered. We encourage users to test affected services before the production release.

GOC-TX 1.31

(Update will be released on 7/10 instead of 7/9 to coincide with GGUS update)
Updating GGUS accessor with latest GGUS SOAP WSDL which updates GGUS_HISTORY interface.

OSG Homepage (www.opensciencegrid.org)

Current twiki homepage will be replaced by a dedicated OSG homepage. You can see the ITB version of the new OSG homepage at http://www-itb.opensciencegrid.org.
The OSG homepage will have following URL redirections for backward compatibilities with existing twiki URLs.
https://www.opensciencegrid.org/bin/view > https://twiki.opensciencegrid.org/bin/view
https://www.opensciencegrid.org/twiki/bin/view > https://twiki.opensciencegrid.org/bin/view
(similar for http:// URLs)
All other URLs will be served by new OSG homepage.

GOC Ticket 1.66

Updated “Campus Grid VO Registration” to “Campus Grid Registration” and added an extra label to prevent user from accidentally using this sub-form to submit VO related issues.