Maintaining the infrastructure

This document describes the configuration and upgrade procedures for the host running, and setting up a new project on and

If you just want to update the web site at see its README.

Configuration management

The contents of /etc are tracked using etckeeper. After making config changes, run etckeeper commit to record them.

Remote access

Remote access is by SSH key authentication only. Speak to a Beaker developer if you need a user account to be created.


Lighttpd listens on ports 80 and 443 and serves all web traffic for *

The base config is in the standard place (/etc/lighttpd/lighttpd.conf). Config for each name-based virtual host is included from the corresponding file in /etc/lighttpd/vhosts.d/.

Git daemon

The git daemon serves read-only git repos on port 9418.

At present the Fedora package for git-daemon uses xinetd, but we are running it as a systemd service instead (defined in /etc/systemd/system/git-daemon.service).


Gerrit listens on port 8080 to serve its web application. This port is not open to the world, it is proxied by the vhost in lighttpd. Gerrit also listens on port 29418 for its fake SSH service.

Note that although we are running Gerrit’s embedded Jetty container, we are not using Gerrit’s control script to start and stop the daemon as described in Gerrit’s documentation. Instead, the Gerrit daemon is managed by systemd (service defined in /etc/systemd/system/gerrit.service) so use systemctl to stop and start it.

There is no standard way to install or upgrade Java web apps so the following layout has been devised. Gerrit WARs are kept in /var/lib/gerrit. Gerrit “site directories” are kept underneath that path. There is one site, named beaker. So the “site path” (as mentioned in the Gerrit docs) is /var/lib/gerrit/beaker. The etc directory for the Gerrit site is then symlinked to /etc/gerrit/beaker, so that it is tracked by etckeeper.

To upgrade Gerrit, follow these steps (also check the Gerrit release notes for any other release-specific upgrade steps, such as reindexing):

cd /var/lib/gerrit
systemctl stop gerrit
java -jar gerrit-2.13.3.war init -d beaker
chown -R tomcat:tomcat beaker
systemctl start gerrit

The upgrade process first prompts for settings. You can accept all defaults – the defaults are the existing configuration. Then it will perform any necessary schema upgrades.


Postfix accepts mails for on port 25 (as well as relaying from localhost, e.g. Gerrit notifications).

All user accounts (including root) have a mail alias in /etc/aliases pointing to their real address. No mail should ever be delivered to the local system.

Setting up a new project

First, initialize a shared bare repository on

  • SSH to ssh <username>
  • Init a bare git repo at /srv/git/: git init --bare --shared <project_name>
  • Change the directory permissions: chown -R <username>:beakerdevs /srv/git/<project_name>

Next, setup the project on gerrit: