|Start date||Sun 20 May 2012|
|Contact||it +@+ pirateparty.be|
or meet us at our Pirate Lab
The ITSquad takes care of the IT-infrastructure of the pirate party. Contact if you want to do an IT-project, need an email address, have requests for a Crew, would like to add a feature to the site, etc.
We can also help with finding, and sometimes providing, tools and services whose values are in line with the values of the Pirateparty. Take a look on our Pirates Selection page for more information.
|Infomaniak (hosting provider)|
|Mailboxes @pirateparty.be and old mailing lists @piratepary.be||120,00€||Yearly|
|Hetzner (hosting provider)||431,64€||Yearly|
|Mediawiki webserver since October 2019||3,01€||Monthly|
|Wordpress websites (en,fr,nl) since March 2020||3,01€||Monthly|
|Mastodon server (with 125Go volume) since October 2019||11,98€||Monthly|
|Mumble server since March 2020||3,01€||Monthly|
|Liège yunohost server since September 2018||3,01€||Monthly|
|parley yunohost server since November 2018||3,01€||Monthly|
|Monitoring server since January 2020||3,01€||Monthly|
|Storage box (500Go) since September 2019||5,93€||Monthly|
|TOTAL (if nothing changes)||606,39€||Yearly|
- the ITNow page for some kind of inventory of our «channels & tools».
- the Emails page for a list of emails +@+pirateparty.be.
- the Pirate Labs pad to work on different LABz projects.
- the Pirate Party Website pad for comments, remarks, todos...
- the Website Squad Loomio Group about website posts and content.
- the Pirates Selection, a brainstorming about IT tools that could be useful for pirates.
- the Hackathon, to work together on IT stuff during one long day.
- Pad dedicated for the ITSquad
To manage our servers in an automated way: https://dev.parley.be/PPBe/ansible-infra
To maintain a decentralized and libre social-network
See the Mastodon page
Parley is a place where we provide simple services open for everyone. All are free software.
Upgrading can be done from the admin interface or from the cli over ssh. Before updating applications, make a backup. Backups will be created automatically during upgrade, but if you do them manually, you can check that they haven't failed. When doing risky upgrades, please take a snapshot from the Hetzner admin console. An example of a risky upgrade is for migrations like Debian Stretch to Debian Buster.
The files for the webapp-application are stored on the Parley server in /var/www/my_webapp__2/. You can find a systemlink to the nginx configuration and to a daily cronjob file. The files of the site themselves are stored in the www folder. It uses git, so updating is cd /var/www/my_webapp__2/www; git pull.
There is also an sftp connection (but can probably be removed since updating happens using git and the nginx and cronjob files can't be changed through sftp).
You can update the website on the server and then git add <changed-files>; git commit; git push, or you can make the changes to the repo and then wait for the daily job to do it's work.
When updating Jirafeau the config file gets overwritten. There's an issue, but it doesn't seem like something that will be fixed soon https://github.com/YunoHost-Apps/jirafeau_ynh/issues/49 . Make sure you test before and after the upgrade if everything is still as it should be.
- Settings are stored in /var/www/jirafeau/lib/config.local.php. The settings from before the upgrade are stored in /var/www/jirafeau/lib/config.original.php.
- organisation: 'Parley'
- preview: false
- This was done after an XSS vulnerability was discovered. It's fixed now, but just in case.
- admin_http_auth_user: <your-account?>
- If you're the one who mostly maintains this, you can add yourself. It's the username for the ynh user-interface. Another option is to use a shared password and set that in admin_password
- the maximum is a month
- availability_default: 'week'
- maximal_upload_size: 2000
- store_uploader_ip: false
Also note that we've added a file /home/yunohost.app/jirafeau-filesystem as a filesystem so we can limit the total uploads (to 2.7 GiB). See this blog post and/or comment on the Jirafeau issue tracker on how it's set up.
When removing Jirafeau the filesystem should be removed manually, but don't forget to also change /etc/fstab otherwise the server may not boot anymore! (See the blogpost to know what was done so you can remove safely, best is to make a take a snapshot from the Hetzner admin console beforehand so it can be put back if something fails.)
If we get too much spam from a specific domain or address, it's possible to block it in config files. Note that we'll be overwriting files with this approach, which means Yunohost wont provide updates or otherwise manage this file any more (I made an issue for it https://github.com/YunoHost/issues/issues/2021 ). It may be still be interesting to use this approach as a temporary solution.
First create or change the access file, nano /etc/postfix/access, with the following content (replace "firstname.lastname@example.org" with the address to block).
Only using a domain should also work to block a whole domain. To block multiple addresses/domains, add multiple lines.
Then we change nano /etc/postfix/main.cf. Look for smtpd_sender_restrictions and add the line hash:/etc/postfix/access,, so it looks like
smtpd_sender_restrictions = reject_sender_login_mismatch, permit_mynetworks, permit_sasl_authenticated, reject_non_fqdn_sender, reject_unknown_sender_domain, hash:/etc/postfix/access, permit
Then run the following commands
postmap hash:/etc/postfix/access systemctl restart postfix
Check that postfix is running via the ynh admin webinterface or via the following command
systemctl status postfix
The ynh diagnostics will see the file /etc/postfix/main.cf has changed. Run the diagnostics, see that this is indeed a problem and ignore it. You can do it from the ynh admin webinterface, or via command line
yunohost diagnosis run yunohost diagnosis show --issues yunohost diagnosis ignore --filter regenconf
To roll this change back, you can unignore the diagnostic, run it, run the command to fix the file (diagnostic will tell you this), restart postfix and rm /etc/postfix/access.
We try to promote and use yunohost because it's a good server OS for self hosting. Crews who want to administer their own services can get a ynh server. We can provide the service to set everything up, teach some basics and provide support in case of trouble. An explanation on how and why can be found on this blogpost.
Setting up an instance
If a crewmember is interested in running their server from home, an option is an internet cube, but typically we'll use a vps. To set up a vps:
- See liege.pirateparty.be for an example
- At least one person of the crew will be admin and contact for us. Make sure we know who that is.
- Log in to Hetzner > cloud > Default > make a new server > install Debian and run the yunohost installer for Debian
- Run the post-install and add a subdomain to ynh and set up the DNS records. The easiest is to set A and AAAA records for the crew.pirateparty.be and a CNAME for *.crew.pirateparty.be. Make sure to set up the other DNS records as well (CAA, TXT...)
- Add reverse DNS: Log in to hetzner > cloud > Default > Choose correct server > Networking > Under Primary IPS you can see the reverse DNS. Set it for both ipv4 and ipv6
- Run the diagnostics from the admin interface and set everything up correctly
Things to know for the admin(s)
- Please keep the server updatet
- If there are problems, contact us via chat or mail. We're here to help, make use of it
- Keep an eye on resources
- There's a good chance that mails will be blacklisted by default by MS and Google. What you can do is "warm up" your domain. Send mails to people who use outlook and gmail accounts and make sure they reply. Or have them send to you. Basically, you want MS and Google to see 'healthy' traffic form your domain/ip.
- Total cost to ppbe is €X/month and ppbe pays for this. If people want to give some monetary support for it, they can donate to ppbe whatever amount they see fit (pay-what-you-want). It's also possible to donate to the yunohost project.
- Try to give a short tour of the admin and user interface, so they know what they can do and how
- Follow our latest discussions and work flow there on a Loomio thread.
|Mastodon migration to Glitch-soc||Sun 1 September 2019, 10:00am||Fred's place |
|Yunohost : Let's decentralise the crews!||Sun 24 June 2018, 10:00am||tierce's place – 30 rue Achille Bauduin|
|Make the PPBe GDPR-compliant||Sun 27 May 2018, 10:00am||tierce's place – 30 rue Achille Bauduin|
|New website online meeting||Wed 25 April 2018, 9:00pm||Online|
|New website||Sat 21 April 2018, 2:00pm||Expression – Koning Albertplein 14|
|Updating the web site/slogan: let us tell a story||Sat 9 December 2017, 2:00pm||Expression – Koning Albertplein 14|
|Mastodon upgrade and Mails structure||Wed 1 November 2017, 10:00am||tierce's place – 30 rue Achille Bauduin|
|IT Squad Meeting||Sun 13 August 2017, 12:00pm||tierce's place – 30 rue Achille Bauduin|
|Mails Follow up||Sun 2 July 2017, 10:00am||tierce's place – 30 rue Achille Bauduin|
|Setting up our Mail Infrastructure||Sun 4 June 2017, 10:00am||tierce's place – 30 rue Achille Bauduin|