Babel / Server Tool Development Process
- 1 Babel Team Development Strategy
- 2 Setting up a Development Environment
- 3 Submitting code patches
- 4 Release process
- 5 Data Bridges
Babel Team Development Strategy
The Babel team's strategy to processing bugs and feature requests is (in order):
- Bugs that cause incorrect translations to be saved or prevent people from enter translations
- Finishing the version zero issues (deployment, documentation)
- Bugs preventing project teams from adding their projects to Babel
- Server performance issues
- Bugs preventing users from consuming the output of Babel
- New features
Setting up a Development Environment
The Babel server environment is a typical LAMP environment. Apache 2.x, PHP 5.x, MySQL 5.x and a CVS client are likely the only prerequisites.
Steps to setting up a Babel Development Environment on Linux:
Create a directory alias in Apache
Alias /babel "/var/www/babel/server/html/" <Directory "/var/www/babel/server/html/"> AllowOverride None Order allow,deny Allow from all </Directory>
Apache may need to be reloaded or restarted for the alias to take effect.
Obtain the code from CVS
cd /var/www/babel/ cvs -d :pserver:firstname.lastname@example.org:/cvsroot/technology co -d server/ org.eclipse.babel/server
Set up the MySQL database
Configure the classes/base.conf file with the MySQL database information.
db_read_host=localhost db_read_user=babel db_read_pass=babelpassword db_read_name=babel context=dev
Using your favourite MySQL administration tool, create a database for Babel. It is also recommended to create a MySQL user for Babel.
mysql> create database babel; mysql> grant SELECT, INSERT, UPDATE, DELETE on babel.* to babel@'localhost' identified by 'babelpassword'; mysql> flush privileges;
Replace the username, hostname and password according to your specific environment. Load the babel tables and sample data (the root account is used here, as the 'babel' account doesn't have CREATE/DROP privileges):
mysql -u root -p babel < /var/www/babel/server/babel-setup.sql
Currently, Eclipse Phoenix code is required for Babel Server to run. There are plans to fix this (bug 217488). The Phoenix code must be installed in html/ with a symbolic link to it in your Apache DocumentRoot
cd /var/www/babel/server/html/ cvs -d :pserver:email@example.com:/cvsroot/org.eclipse co -d eclipse.org-common www/eclipse.org-common cd /var/www/html/ # or whatever your DocumentRoot is ln -s /var/www/babel/server/html/eclipse.org-common eclipse.org-common
Logging in, load strings from dev.eclipse.org CVS
Log into Babel at http://localhost/babel/login.php.
username: firstname.lastname@example.org password: password
Launch the maps processor: http://localhost/babel/process_map_files.php
Submitting code patches
Server code patches must be attached to Bugzilla bugs and enhancement requests. Please ensure patches are submitted against a recently updated HEAD stream.
Babel Server code in CVS is published to http://babel.eclipse.org/staging automatically every minute. To deploy the code to the live site:
- Tag the CVS code with a release tag: R_x_YYYYMMDDHHMM, where x is the release number and YYYYMMDDHHMM is the local time of the tag.
- Send an email to email@example.com to announce the request for a deployment, specifying the release tag.
The Designated Deployment Drone (currently Denis) then establishes an SSH connection to the Babel server, and as the deployment user 'genie', runs the ./deployBabelLive.sh <rtag> to deploy the release.
The Babel server has two data bridges:
- Eclipse Bugzilla: this brigde is used to maintain a mapping of the Bugzilla user accounts on the Babel server. A process on the Bugzilla server and on the Babel server monitors this URL for changes, triggering an export (and an import) of the data.
- Eclipse Project/Version info: When the Bugzilla bridge is run, the Project/Version info is pulled from this URL.