Worked On Plone Conference Add-On And With Navigation Root

I worked further on a Plone add-on to manage conferences and had to work with the navigation root of a Plone site. I moved this navigation root to the container object of the conference add-on. The navigation worked as expected yet (the objects in top container made it to the main navigation menubar), but the login and register links at the top of the site didn’t work anymore. Thus I had to edit the links of this actions / portal_actions inside the ‘Site Setup’ or the Plone ‘Management Interface’. I added a short howto about this.

Working On Plone Conference Add-On

I created a Plone conference add-on a longer time ago, which was used to run two LibreOffice conferences. I published the code of this add-on on the Plone collective Github account.

This add-on was created and used within Plone 4 and the Grok method. This is not the usal way to develop on Plone anymore thus I decided to first drop all grok ties and replace them with other Plone methods, especially make better use of configure.zcml. I’ll finish this work during the next days.

The goal of my work is the migration of the conference add-on to Plone 5.2.x and Python 3 and add new features afterwards to support the work of organizers of analog and online conferences.

The code of the conference add-on is available at: https://github.com/collective/collective.conferences

New Releases Of Collective.Addons And Collective.Templates

I added a feature to choose if the name and / or the contact e-mail address of an addon project should be published on the projects page during the last days. Today I created a release from this changes and published it on the Cheeseshop (https://pypi.org): https://pypi.org/project/collective.addons/

The source code of this Plone add-on is available on its Github repository:
https://github.com/collective/collective.addons

In addition I made a small bugfix release for the Plone add-on collective.templates and published it to on pypi.org:
https://pypi.org/project/collective.templates/
The source code of this add-on could be cloned from Github at:
https://github.com/collective/collective.templates.

New Release Of Collective.Templates

I worked further on the source code of the Plone add-on collective.templates and added a feature to display the username and the e-mail address of a project owner on his/her choice. The new release contains also an improved user documentation.

You could download the new release from the Cheeseshop (https://pypi.org):
https://pypi.org/project/collective.templates/
The source code is available from the Github repository of the Plone collective:
https://github.com/collective/collective.templates

New Releases Of TDF.Templateuploadcenter and TDF.Extensionuploadcenter

I worked on some improvements of the code of the Plone add-ons tdf.templateuploadcenter and tdf.extensionuploadcenter. This add-ons were used to drive the current LibreOffice extensions and templates website.

I moved all unicode strings to ‘safe_unicode’ strings to make it more smooth to migrate the content of the current website to the current version of Plone, 5.2, and Python 3.x.

I published a new release of the add-on tdf.templateuploadcenter (https://pypi.org/project/tdf.templateuploadcenter/) on the Cheeseshop (https://pypi.org) during the weekend. Today I submitted a new release of the add-on tdf.extensionuploadcenter on the Cheeseshop (https://pypi.org/project/tdf.extensionuploadcenter/).

The source code of both Plone add-ons is available in their Github repositories:
https://github.com/andreasma/tdf.templateuploadcenter
https://github.com/andreasma/tdf.extensionuploadcenter

Worked On Collective.ClamAV

I worked with the Plone add-on for virus scanning yesterday and evaluated an issue with a new feature in the Plone add-on plone.formwidget.namedfile. If a file field was not changed (no replacing upload) the return is ‘NOT_CHANGED’ and validator module of collective.clamav was not able to get any data to scan. But there was no need to run a scan in such a situation and thus I added a appropriate check to the validator module. There will be no virus scanning for unchanged file fields anymore.

My changes are already in the Github repository of collective.clamav available: https://github.com/collective/collective.clamav.

The add-on is compatible with Plone 5.2 and Python 3.

LibreOffice Extensions Website Repository Updated To Python 3

I worked on the complete migration of the LibreOffice extensions and templates website repository to Python 3 and Plone 5.2.x during the last days. I was able to upgrade the staging (development / single instance) buildout first. I worked on some Plone add-ons to reach this goal in my spare time during the last weeks.

But for the success of the migration to Python 3 and Plone 5.2.x is necessary a working production buildout. Thus I worked on the live.cfg buildout script for the site and created a new version of it: live2.cfg. I used this new script for the setup of a pure zeoserver with four instances. I could also add the supervisor controller to start and stop the zeoserver and its instances.

Supervisor monitor on my local Plone 5.2.x Python 3 buildout / environment

Then I worked on adding the support of Varnish to it. I used the add-on plone.recipe.varnish from the Github repository for that and changed Varnish to the a current LTS version 6.0.6. I could start varnishd with supervisor although I got an error message with supervisorctl status for it. The Varnish log stated that it could not get the socket of the port, it is configured to run on.

I looked with netstat -pln into the processes running on my PC and found varnishd running and listening. Thus Varnish had been started, but supervisor lost control over it. I was not able to stop Varnish with a supervisorctl command.

I worked further on the migration of HAProxy to the new Python 3 setup. I got a hint from a member of the Plone community that he already created a working branch of plone.recipe.haproxy for Python 3. I changed my buildout scripts to use this branch and I could build and run HAProxy too. But HAProxy didn’t get in contact with Varnish and the zeoserver instances in my setting. It stated that this instances were not running / available, although they are.

I got another hint from this community member and changed my buildout further. I changed the ‘bind’ Varnish configuration line to point to the Haproxy port of my buildout setting. The error message from Varnish disappeared. I was under control of supervisor yet.

Then I read in a blog about an issue of the HAProxy configuration, if it checks via http for the availability of Plone instances. I removed this option (httpchk) from the haproxy.conf file and everything went green. I could finish the migration to Python 3 and Plone 5.2.x.

HAProxy Monitor on my local Plone 5.2.x Python 3 buildout / environment (only 2 of 4 instances are started by supervisor)

The next step would be a test with a copy of the database and content of the current LibreOffice extensions website. I asked for this some days ago, but got no answer yet.

Another Release Of TDF.Extensionuploadcenter

I added a new mail form to contact a project owner to the Plone add-on tdf.extensionuploadcenter yesterday. This new feature made it to the new release of this Plone add-on which I published on the Cheeseshop (https://pypi.org) today:
https://pypi.org/project/tdf.extensionuploadcenter/
It is published with the release number 0.49.

The source code of the add-on is available on Github:
https://github.com/andreasma/tdf.extensionuploadcenter

And here some screenshots of the new feature:

The section with the link to new project owner contact form
The new project owner contact form secured by recaptcha

This Plone add-on (former release) is driving the LibreOffice extensions website https://extensions.libreoffice.org. The new release of this add-on could be integrated into the website by running Buildout.

Published New Release Of Collective.Addons

I worked during the last two days on an extension of the Plone add-on collective.addons. I added a new mail form to contact an owner of an addon project to the product. This mail form is linked from the project pages yet. The form field for the project, whose owner should be contacted, is already filled by default. The screenshots below show the link to the mail form and the mail form itself.

Link to the project owner contact form on the project page
The project owner contact form with filled in project name and recatcha field.

I published a new release of the Plone add-on collective.addons on the Cheeseshop (https://pypi.org) today:
https://pypi.org/project/collective.addons/
The release number is 1.1.

The source code is available from the collective Plone Github repository:
https://github.com/collective/collective.addons

Improved Collective.Templates And Published New Release

I get back to the Plone add-on collective.templates during the last two days and added especially a new improved form to directly contact a template project owner by email. This new form is linked from every project page yet.

There is also the former email form available, which is linked from the sidebar of the template center yet.

I updated the localization of the add-on and made a new release today. The release (version 1.1) is available from the cheeseshop (https://pypi.org): https://pypi.org/project/collective.templates/

You can download the source code of the project from Plone collective repository at: https://github.com/collective/collective.templates