[tor-project] reminder: trac.torproject.org retires in two days

Antoine Beaupré anarcat at torproject.org
Mon Dec 7 19:46:26 UTC 2020


This is just a quick heads up to remind everyone that our dear old Trac
instance, https://trac.torproject.org/ is retiring in two days, on
December 9th, as announced 6 months ago[1].

 [1]: https://lists.torproject.org/pipermail/tor-project/2020-June/002866.html

Around that time, Trac was put in "read-only mode", in that no changes
were allowed through the web interface whatsoever. We have heard
approximately zero complaints about the change: while some people have
concerns about GitLab and lots of things could be improved there, it
seems no one is actually missing poor old Trac.

As much of the Trac content as possible was migrated into GitLab. An
integral copy of the [Trac wiki] and [Trac issues] will be kept as is in
GitLab. Most of those issues were migrated to their own projects, and
lots of the wiki content was spread out to different, team-specific
wikis (which makes the content a bit hard to find, see [issue 66] for
details on that).

[Trac wiki]: https://gitlab.torproject.org/legacy/trac/-/wikis/home
[Trac issues]: https://gitlab.torproject.org/legacy/trac/-/issues
[issue 66]: https://gitlab.torproject.org/tpo/tpa/gitlab/-/issues/66

Trac was also thoroughly archived on the Wayback machine[2] for those
cases where you really only know how to find something by looking at it
"the Trac way". This should also salvage some pages that do not get
rendered quite right in the GitLab migration, which happens.

 [2]: https://gitlab.torproject.org/tpo/tpa/team/-/issues/40003

The plan, right now, is to redirect the Wiki and issue URLs into
GitLab's relevant legacy project, and everything else to the
GitLab front page. (It is considered bad practice to hotwire old sites
into the wayback machine: we prefer to refer to live data instead, even
though that old data is still available.)

The actual virtual machine where Trac is hosted will be destroyed 30 days
after the redirections are in place, as an exceptional measure
considering the service Trac has given us over the years. Absolutely do
tell us if you feel there is some critical data that would be lost when
that happens, something that was not correctly migrated to Gitlab *and*
would not be available through the Wayback machine.

Further progress updates on the life and tribulation of troodi, the
machine that hosted trac.torproject.org all those years, will only be
posted in this ticket:


## Post-scriptum: history

People might also be interested in the history of bug trackers at the
Tor project:

 * lost in the mists of time: migration from Bugzilla to Flyspray (40
 * 2010-04-23: [migration from Flyspray to Trac completed][] (last
   Flyspray ticket is [1393][], first Trac ticket is [2000][])
 * 2016-11-29: [first request to setup a GitLab server][]
 * ~2017: oniongit.eu (warning: squatted domain) deployed to test
   GitLab with the network team, considered as gitlab.torproject.net
   but ultimately [abandoned][]
 * 2019-02-28: `gitlab-01` AKA dip.torproject.org test server setup
   ([issue 29400][]), following the [Brussels meeting][]
 * 2019-07-17: GitLab discussed again at the [Stockholm meeting][]
 * 2019-07-29: Formal proposal to deploy GitLab [sent to
   tor-project][], no objection
 * 2020-03-05: GitLab migrated from `gitlab-01` (AKA "dip") to
   `gitlab-02` using the Omnibus package
 * 2020-04-27: `gitlab-01` retired
 * 2020-06-13 19:00UTC: [Trac readonly][]
 * 2020-06-13 02:25UTC: Trac tickets migrated (32401 tickets, last
   ticket id is [34451][], first GitLab legacy project ticket id is
 * 2020-06-14 21:22UTC: Trac wiki migrated
 * 2020-06-15 18:30UTC: bugs.torproject.org redirects to gitlab
 * 2020-06-16 02:15UTC: GitLab launch announced to tor-internal
 * 2020-06-17 12:33UTC: Archivebot starts crawling all tickets of, and
   the entire Trac website
 * 2020-06-23: Archivebot completes the full Trac crawl, Trac is fully
   archived on the Internet Archive

Coming up next:

 * 2020-09-09: Trac redirects to GitLab
 * 2021-01-09: Trac server, troodi, destroyed

[migration from Flyspray to Trac completed]: https://lists.torproject.org/pipermail/tor-dev/2010-April/000183.html
[1393]: https://bugs.torproject.org/1393
[2000]: https://bugs.torproject.org/2000
[first request to setup a GitLab server]: https://gitlab.torproject.org/tpo/tpa/services/-/issues/20821
[abandoned]: https://gitlab.torproject.org/tpo/tpa/services/-/issues/21840
[issue 29400]: https://gitlab.torproject.org/tpo/tpa/services/-/issues/29400
[Brussels meeting]: https://trac.torproject.org/projects/tor/wiki/org/meetings/2019BrusselsAdminTeamMinutes
[Stockholm meeting]: https://gitlab.torproject.org/legacy/trac/-/wikis/org/meetings/2019Stockholm/Notes/InternalTooling
[sent to tor-project]: https://lists.torproject.org/pipermail/tor-project/2019-July/002407.html
[Trac readonly]: https://lists.torproject.org/pipermail/tor-project/2020-June/002872.html
[34451]: https://bugs.torproject.org/34451


Antoine Beaupré
torproject.org system administration
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