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Extended down time this Friday, 2/4

In order to add larger and more reliable disk storage, the regularly scheduled Tigris maintenance window will be extended this Friday (February 4), for an additional hour. The system will be unavailable for approximately 90 minutes, beginning 19:00 Pacific Time.

[Update: 7 Feb] The move to the new disk farm was completed without incident, and everything seems to be functioning normally. (If you think otherwise, let us know at feedback at tigris dot org.)

Back in service

Tigris was down for about half an hour, but is now back in service. We’re investigating the cause.

Weekly scheduled maintenance

Due to a persistent problem we have not yet been able to trace down, we have instituted a regular (weekly) system maintenance window, for every Friday evening at 17:00 Pacific time. During this time, you should assume that Tigris will be briefly unavailable (system restart).

I know this will be an inconvenience for some, particularly those who have to reschedule automated builds and similar processes. The problem, however, has been causing unscheduled restarts about every week and a half, so at least scheduling it in this way does allow you to accommodate, whereas the unscheduled outages do not.

We’re very sorry for the inconvenience. Rest assured, we continue to pursue the underlying problem, and sincerely hope to resolve it soon.

And, the results are in!

All right, I warned you this was a trick question. The answer is: all of the above! Every one of the projects listed (and all the write-ins too, for that matter) have good basis for claiming to be the “first” project on Tigris.Org:

ArgoUML, the leading open source UML modeling tool, sits at the top of a family of dozens of component projects, translations, and extensions. The core project was started in 1998, two years before there even was a Tigris.Org! It was already established as an open source project when it moved into Tigris.

www, a write-in, is the project where the web pages of the generic Tigris.Org site are stored. It’s created automatically by the CollabNet Enterprise Edition software that powers Tigris, and so it was the first project created within the Tigris site itself.

gef is a graph editing library that can be used to construct many, high-quality graph editing applications. This project was created within Tigris in February of 2000, making it the first still-active project created within Tigris.

Although the projects above now all use Subversion, they were all originally created using CVS. This begs a new question: what about the first project created within Tigris and also in Subversion? It wasn’t Subversion itself: Subversion boot-strapped fairly early, but it was born as a CVS project. Naturally, of course: Subversion (the software) didn’t exist at the time Subversion (the project) was being created.

But there is a project whose files were first created within Subversion (the software), and in fact within Subversion (the project), then later moved out to become its own project. Since those files were created in September of 2000, arguably this qualifies

cvs2svn as the first project created within Subversion on Tigris.Org.

But finally, what’s the first project created, as itself, using Subversion (the software), on Tigris.Org? This is a bit hard to trace down, as the early versions of import didn’t always preserve all the key information, but I believe this trophy goes to

argouml-stats, which was created on Tigris.Org, as a Subversion project, in April of 2005. (There’s that ArgoUML family again!) This project serves the build/test status for the project family as a whole, an extension of the automated build facilities.

More polls: what’s the oldest project on Tigris?

Well, that was too easy, wasn’t it? Everyone got the right answers: Subversion, TortoiseSVN, ArgoUML, Restlet, and cvs2svn. (I skipped argouml-stats because its commits are only automated build results.)

But given the list of candidates, all you really had to do was look into each Subversion repository to find the HEAD revision. OK, hands, now: how many of you actually did that?

So how about this one: what’s the oldest project on Tigris? And I’ll give you some hints: looking at the date of Subversion revision 0 isn’t going to get you the right answer. In fact, looking into the site tables (which, by the way, you can’t do;-) doesn’t get you the result you want, either. And since I’m so sneaky, I’ve even left open your chance to nominate some project I haven’t listed—though if you do, please also provide a comment as to why you picked that project.

Let the games resume!

How much do YOU know about Tigris?

This year, Tigris.Org celebrates its 10th anniversary. It’s been a long and interesting time!

How much do you know about Tigris.Org? For instance, which are the busiest projects here? Take a shot at the new poll, over to the right. The answer will be revealed next Monday!

Tigris upgrade/patch to (patch 4)

Update (11 May 2020 14:11) Tigris is back up and ready for full service. Thank you for your patience.

Update (11 May 2010 13:30) Tigris is now down. Expect it back up in an hour or so.

Tigris will be down for upgrade to CollabNet Enterprise Edition version on May 11, beginning at 13:00 PDT.

Changes in this upgrade include:

  • Fix for artf64160: spam leaking into lists
  • Fix for artf63648: The domain level CAPTCHA setting not overriding the forum level CAPTCHA setting, allowing web-posted spam
  • Fix for artf53786: Files uploaded in the docs and files section with blank space or special characters in the name were not downloading properly in IE.
  • Fix for artf54006: IZ screens for Japanese locale showed garbled characters.
  • Fix for artf54459: mass-add users to project
  • Fix for artf63424, artf63426: improve scaling of Project Tracker
  • Fix for artf52858: some Project Content Editor pages were showing HTML source instead of rendered pages. (A hot fix for this problem was already in place; this is the permanent fix.)

Maintenance window reschedule

Due to production delays, we will not be performing the maintenance originally scheduled for the evening of April 28 (Pacific Daylight Time). The work will be rescheduled into some time in the next two weeks.

Please follow this blog, or the “announce” list at, for updates.

Tigris maintenance, 9:30pm April 28

There will be a brief (1 hour) maintenance window beginning at 9:30pm PDT on April 28, 2010, to install recently discovered security / spam fixes.

This maintenance will install CEE 5.3 patch 4, which includes:

  • Security: close several cross-site scripting vulnerabilities
  • Security: restore CAPTCHA domain-level overrides (previously hot-fixed)
  • Administration: mass-add of users sometimes fails
  • Performance: enhanced concurrency in Project Tracker (Scarab)
  • Downloads: files with names containing certain characters don’t download properly in Internet Explorer
  • Localization: some Issue Tracker pages garbled in some locales

New stuff at Tigris: Managing those approval queues

Now that our upgrade’s complete, what did we get?

Here’s one thing that should interest all discussion list maintainers: your Pending Approval page just got more manageable, in two ways. The heart of the matter is, if you don’t act on a moderation request within a month, then the request is deleted entirely, automatically. No more eternally-growing spam lists to paw through for the occasional legitimate post.

If you’ve been in the habit of just ignoring this page entirely, then you can stop feeling guilty (you were, right?). These silly things are no longer bloating the database and slowing performance for everyone.

If, on the other hand, you’ve been in the habit of cleaning this stuff out occasionally, or hunting through it for legitimate requests to approve, then rejoice! The list is now in control.

Are you a list moderator, and don’t know what I’m talking about? Visit your project Discussions page (the one that lists the various discussion fora), and check the left navigation bar. You should see a “Project tools” section, including a “Discussions”  link. If you’re a list moderator for any list in this project, there should be a “Pending approval” category below there. Click that.

If you don’t find these links in your left nav, the Project Owner (who, of course, may also be you) has probably customized them away. There’s a check box for that, in the “Edit project -> Tool configuration” page, or some projects have made extensive HTML customizations that completely override these links. If  checking “Project tool links” doesn’t enable these links (or, if it conflicts too heavily with your re-HTML-ization), then make a book mark or something to


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