Testing Beta Versions of perfSONAR

Warning

Please note that none of the steps in this document should be performed on production hosts. These are solely intended for development or testing hosts and may result in your host running unstable software.

The perfSONAR project traditionally does public betas testing prior to major new releases. These are announced on the mailing lists when available. Participating in betas is open to anyone and feedback generated from these tests helps the development team formulate the best possible final release. You can help with testing by going through one or more of the following test scenarios:

  • A clean installation of our Toolkit ISOs
  • A clean installation of one of our CentOS bundles
  • An upgrade of either a toolkit or CentOS bundle
  • A clean installation of our Debian packages and/or bundles
  • An upgrade of an existing Debian installation

You may consult the testing checklist to help guide your testing. For full instructions on how to get beta packages and ISOs, see the sections below.

Testing a Clean Installation of the Toolkit ISOs

You may download the latest beta ISOs at the following URL :

Once downloaded you may follow the instructions at Toolkit Full Install Guide or Toolkit NetInstall Guide for step-by-step instructions on installing the software.

Testing CentOS Bundles Installation

You can test CentOS bundle installation by first pointing your existing CentOS installation at the perfSONAR main yum repository (if not already):

rpm -hUv http://software.internet2.edu/rpms/el7/x86_64/main/RPMS/perfSONAR-repo-0.8-1.noarch.rpm

Next, install the staging yum repository where test versions of the software are kept. You may set this up with the following command:

yum install perfSONAR-repo-staging

Once you are pointing at the staging repository you may follow the steps at Bundle Installation on CentOS to choose and configure your bundle.

Note

If you have auto-updates enabled, once you point your host at the staging repository, you will automatically get any new test packages that are added within 24 hours.

Testing Upgrades of an Existing Toolkit or CentOS Bundle Installation

You can test upgrades of any existing CentOS-based perfSONAR installation by first pointing your existing CentOS installation at the perfSONAR staging yum repository and then running yum update:

yum install perfSONAR-repo-staging
yum update

Note

If you have auto-updates enabled, once you point your host at the staging repository, you will automatically get any new test packages that are added within 24 hours

Testing Debian Installation

The beta packages for Debian can be found in the source list below:

You may install this source list as follows:

cd /etc/apt/sources.list.d/
wget http://downloads.perfsonar.net/debian/perfsonar-jessie-staging.list
wget -qO - http://downloads.perfsonar.net/debian/perfsonar-debian-snapshot.gpg.key | apt-key add -

These Debian packages should work on Debian 8, Debian 9, Ubuntu 14 and Ubuntu 16.

Once installed you may proceed to follow the steps in Bundle Installation on Debian to complete the installation.

Note

If you have auto-updates enabled, once you point your host at this repository, you will automatically get any new test packages that are added within 24 hours

Testing Debian Upgrades

You may test upgrades of perfSONAR Debian packages by following the steps to setup the Debian repository in the previous section. Once completed run the following to upgrade:

apt-get update
apt-get dist-upgrade

Testing Docker Installation

Docker images are provided for the latest staging and nightly builds. Installation works exactly as described in Using perfSONAR with Docker, except with adding ”:staging” to the commands referencing perfsonar/testpoint. For example:

docker pull perfsonar/testpoint:staging
docker run --privileged -d -P --net=host -v "/var/run" perfsonar/testpoint:staging

Testing pSConfig Web Administrator Installation

The pSConfig Web Administrator is available via Docker. Since only the beta is available, see pSConfig Web Administrator Installation for information on how to install the software.