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      <h2>Latest news</h2>


      <h3 id="2015_05_25">2015-05-25</h3>
      <p>Today the system has been declared &quot;CVS clean&quot;! All
	    remnants of CVS have been removed.</p>

      <h3 id="2015_05_23">2015-05-23</h3>
      <p>On Friday, the system had performance problems due to slow I/O.
	Checking the S.M.A.R.T. parameters of the disks didn't show anything
	unusual.  Today, the disk system reports running in degraded mode,
	so we ordered the failing disk to be replaced, causing only minor
	downtime.  The disk array has been rebuilt and it's smooth sailing
	from here again!</p>
      

      <h3 id="2015_05_22">2015-05-22</h3>
      <p>GitLab upgraded to <a href="https://gitlab.com/gitlab-org/gitlab-ce/blob/v7.11.1/CHANGELOG">GitLab 7.11.1.</a></p>


      <h3 id="2015_05_15">2015-05-15</h3>
      <p>Proposed approach for <a
          href="https://mailman-test.common-lisp.net/pipermail/clo-devel/2015-May/001051.html"
          >Darcs repository migration</a> sent out.</p>


      <h3 id="2015_05_12">2015-05-12</h3>
      <p>The final batch of CVS projects has been migrated. None of the
	projects opted to move to Subversion, so all of them were
	migrated to Git+GitLab:</p>
      <ul>
	<li>gamelib</li>
	<li>ganelon</li>
	<li>geometry</li>
	<li>ginseng</li>
	<li>glouton</li>
	<li>gsharp</li>
	<li>gtk-cffi</li>
	<li>html-template</li>
	<li>hyperdoc</li>
	<li>hyperspec-lookup</li>
	<li>ieeefp-tests</li>
	<li>imago</li>
	<li>iso8601-date</li>
	<li>jnil</li>
	<li>lambda-gtk</li>
	<li>lgtk</li>
	<li>lispfaq</li>
	<li>lispy</li>
	<li>lmud</li>
	<li>log4cl</li>
	<li>mcclim</li>
	<li>meta-cvs</li>
	<li>misc-extensions</li>
	<li>morphologie</li>
	<li>movitz</li>
	<li>nio</li>
	<li>noctool</li>
	<li>pal</li>
	<li>pg</li>
	<li>phemlock</li>
	<li>plain-odbc</li>
	<li>rfc2388</li>
	<li>rfc2822</li>
	<li>rjain-utils</li>
	<li>rucksack</li>
	<li>sapaclisp</li>
	<li>sb-simd</li>
	<li>snmp1</li>
	<li>spray</li>
	<li>stamp</li>
	<li>s-xml</li>
	<li>s-xml-rpc</li>
	<li>trivial-freeimage</li>
	<li>unetwork</li>
	<li>zip</li>
	<li>zlib</li>
      </ul>

      <p>Now that the CVS repositories have been migrated, we'll
	move to clean up the cvs services from the underlying box and
	preparations will start to migrate the Darcs repositories on the
	system. For progress on the Darcs repository migration, watch
	the <a href="https://mailman.common-lisp.net/listinfo/clo-devel"
          >clo-devel mailing list</a>.</p>

      <h3 id="2015_05_03">2015-05-03</h3>
      <p>The next batch of CVS projects has been migrated. None of the
	projects opted to move to Subversion, so all of them were
	migrated to Git+GitLab:</p>
      <ul>
	<li>cl-magick</li>
	<li>cl-menusystem</li>
	<li>cl-mp3-parse</li>
	<li>closure</li>
	<li>clouchdb</li>
	<li>cl-plus-ssl</li>
	<li>cl-ppcre</li>
	<li>cl-prevalence</li>
	<li>cl-rope</li>
	<li>cl-sbml</li>
	<li>cl-screen</li>
	<li>cl-selenium</li>
	<li>cl-semantic</li>
	<li>cl-smogames</li>
	<li>cl-smtp</li>
	<li>cl-snmp</li>
	<li>cl-soap</li>
	<li>cl-store</li>
	<li>cl-syslog</li>
	<li>cl-telnetd</li>
	<li>cl-utilities</li>
	<li>cl-wav-synth</li>
	<li>cl-who</li>
	<li>cl-x86-asm</li>
	<li>cl-xmms</li>
	<li>cl-xmpp</li>
	<li>corman-sdl</li>
	<li>cparse</li>
	<li>crypticl</li>
	<li>cxml</li>
	<li>defdoc</li>
	<li>defeditor</li>
	<li>definer</li>
	<li>defplayer</li>
	<li>defwm</li>
	<li>eclipse</li>
	<li>elephant</li>
	<li>fetter</li>
	<li>flexichain</li>
	<li>fomus</li>
      </ul>

      <h3 id="2015_04_27">2015-04-27</h3>
      <p>GitLab project fixes issues reported by common-lisp.net admin:
	<a href="https://gitlab.com/gitlab-org/gitlab-ce/issues/1478">loading
	  of commit data</a>.
      </p>
      
      <h3 id="2015_04_26">2015-04-26</h3>
      <p>The next batch of CVS projects has been migrated. None of the
	projects opted to move to Subversion, so all of them were
	migrated to Git+GitLab:</p>
      <ul>
	<li>cinline</li>
	<li>cl-blog</li>
	<li>cl-carbon</li>
	<li>cl-cli-parser</li>
	<li>cl-cracklib</li>
	<li>cl-dbf</li>
	<li>cldoc</li>
	<li>cl-enumeration</li>
	<li>cl-fltk</li>
	<li>cl-godb</li>
	<li>cl-gsl</li>
	<li>climacs</li>
	<li>clim-desktop</li>
	<li>cl-interpol</li>
	<li>cl-ipc</li>
	<li>cl-jpeg</li>
	<li>cl-libtai</li>
      </ul>


      <h3 id="2015_04_22">2015-04-22</h3>
      <p>GitLab has been upgraded to 7.10.0; <a
         href="https://gitlab.com/gitlab-org/gitlab-ce/issues/1408">one
         of the tickets we filed with the GitLab project</a>, has been
	 resolved now.</p>

      <h3 id="2015_04_19">2015-04-19</h3>
      <p>Migration of CVS repositories to Git+GitLab has started. The
	first batch (10 projects) was converted:
      </p>

      <ul>
	<li>anaphora</li>
	<li>aspiwork-pdm</li>
	<li>bayescl</li>
	<li>beep</li>
	<li>beirc</li>
	<li>bese</li>
	<li>cello</li>
	<li>cells</li>
	<li>cells-gtk</li>
	<li>cells-ode</li>
      </ul>

      <p>In total there are 120 CVS repositories to convert. Project members
	receive an announcement mail in advance.  CVS repositories which are
	left behind after conversion to another VC will be skipped and
	projects which are in such a situation are kindly requested
	to notify the admins of such situation - or even better: clean it
	up before the admins run into it. Now is your chance! :-)
      </p>

      <h3 id="2015_04_17">2015-04-17</h3>
      <p><a href="https://gitlab.common-lisp.net/">GitLab</a> upgraded to
	<a href="https://about.gitlab.com/2015/04/15/gitlab-7-dot-9-4-released/">7.9.4</a>
      </p>

      <h3 id="2015_04_11">2015-04-11</h3>
      <p>The first projects with CVS repositories have received e-mails
	about the planned migration according to the <a
 href="https://mailman.common-lisp.net/pipermail/clo-devel/2015-April/001035.html"
         >proposed procedure</a>. We're going in batches, using aphabetical
	order, so you may not have received e-mail for your projects yet.
	Don't dispair, it'll come!
      </p>
      <p>The announcement e-mail requires action <em>if you want to migrate
	  to Subversion instead of to Git</em>. If you want to migrate to
	Git+<a href="https://gitlab.common-lisp.net/">GitLab</a>, there's no
	  need to respond. It's the default.
      </p>
      <p>If you want to declare that your project wants to migrate to
	Subversion without awaiting your announcement e-mail, please <a
	href="https://trac.common-lisp.net/clo/newticket">file
	a ticket in the site's Trac instance</a>.
      </p>


      <h3 id="2015_04_08">2015-04-08</h3>
      <p>Due to a variety of reasons, the history of the mailing lists
	of common-lisp.net had spread over a number of sources:</p>
      <ul>
	<li>the older system's mailman list manager's history (mbox format)</li>
	<li>the intermediately used mlmmj list manager's history (spool directory, individual mails)</li>
	<li>the new system's mailman list manager's history (mbox format)</li>
      </ul>
      <p>With only the archives from the last bullet hosted in viewable form,
	valuable Common Lisp history and coding advice collected over the years
	has been unavailable for at least 9 months.
      </p>
      <p>Now, this long-overdue task has finally been completed. The
	mailing list history can be browsed and indexed again from
	<a href="https://mailman.common-lisp.net/pipermail">the online
	  archive</a></p>

      <h3 id="2015_03_27">2015-03-27</h3>
      <p>Today we enabled project imports from GitHub. Should you want
	to import your project (which should import both the repository
	and the issues) into gitlab, please check out <a href="http://doc.gitlab.com/ce/workflow/import_projects_from_github.html">gitlab
	  documentation for the github import workflow</a>.</p>
      <p>As part of the effort to enable GitHub imports, we had to do a minor
	GitLab upgrade. The current hosted GitLab version is now 7.9.1.</p>
      <p>Another part of enabling GitHub imports was to allow users to
	log in on our site using their GitHub credentials. Please note
	that this will <em>only</em> work for those who already have a valid
	(i.e. pre-existing and confirmed) GitLab account. If you want to
	use this option (which is also available for Google accounts),
	please check the <a href="http://doc.gitlab.com/ce/integration/omniauth.html#enable-omniauth-for-an-existing-user">GitLab omniauth for existing
	  users documentation</a>.
      </p>


      <h3 id="2015_03_24">2015-03-24</h3>
      <p>GitLab upgraded to 7.9.0. GitLab released its newest version
	(7.9.0) on the Sunday after the Friday we went live with our
	self-hosted GitLab (7.8.4 -- then latest). The release
	contains a <a href="https://github.com/gitlabhq/gitlabhq/blob/v7.9.0/CHANGELOG">large number of fixes and enhancements</a>.
	  </p>


      <h3 id="2015_03_20">2015-03-20</h3>
      <p>Our self-hosted git repository management environment
	<a href="https://gitlab.common-lisp.net/">gitlab.common-lisp.net</a>
	is now live! During the deployment, the system was seeded with 390
	users, 434 groups and 210 repositories.</p>

      <p>The deployment itself took little over an hour, while we were able
	to resolve the issues we identified after completion well within
	the migration timeframe of 4 hours. During this time, most services
	were fully available. Only SSH has been impacted shortly.</p>

      <p>If you experience any issues, please report to the site admins.</p>
      <p>We hope you enjoy the new user experience!</p>

      <h3 id="2015_03_24">2015-03-16</h3>
      <p>Today the date has been <a href="https://mailman.common-lisp.net/pipermail/clo-devel/2015-March/000972.html">announced</a> for the final
	migration of all git repositories to GitLab: Friday March 20th!
      </p>


      <h3 id="2015_03_08">2015-03-08</h3>
      <p>
	While testing the seeding scripts for the new GitLab site,
	a number of e-mails to live users have unintentionally been
	sent instead of held.
      </p>
      <p>The content of the messages suggests one may be able to log in
	on the system. When trying so, the system denies access.
	This is a side effect of the testing setup. In the final migration
	run, you will receive an account confirmation mail. A mail not
	distributed in the test-run. Once the account is confirmed, the
	system will allow changing passwords and logging in.
      </p>
      <p>
	We're sorry for any inconvenience caused.
      </p>

      <h3 id="2015_02_19">2015-02-19</h3>
      <p>
	The site admins have announced a change in policies for the
	mailing lists to be in effect as of March 15th, 2015. Please read <a
        href="https://mailman.common-lisp.net/pipermail/clo-devel/2015-February/000941.html"
        >the original announcement e-mail for details</a>.
      </p>

      <p>In summary, there are two changes being implemented:</p>
      <ol>
	<li>Subject prefix '[&lt;mailing-list&gt;]' won't be added anymore.</li>
	<li>Moderation requests won't be held indefinitely anymore, defaulting
	  to a hold period of 90 days (expiring the unmoderated e-mail
	  when unhandled).</li>
      </ol>
      <p>The former addresses problems with delivery of DKIM signed mail
	being sent through mailing lists. Changing the message headers and
	body may invalidate any prior DKIM signatures, leading to mailing list
	e-mail looking suspect to large mail receiving providers like Google
	and Yahoo!.</p>
      <p>The later addresses the fact that the moderation queue is growing
	indefinitely, with most lists set to never expire moderation requests.
      </p>
	

      <h3 id="2015_02_10">2015-02-10</h3>
      <p>
	The site admins identified <a href="/orphaned-mailing-lists/">a
	  list of mailing lists for which contact with the list owner has
	  been lost</a> list for your favorite list or your name.
      </p>

      <h3 id="2015_02_08">2015-02-08</h3>
      <p>
	Due to a failed system upgrade, the system experienced extended
	downtime on Sunday. Our apologies for any inconvenience.
      </p>
      <p>
	The maintenance was completed successfully around 18.00 UTC and
	is a step towards easier maintainance for the system and support
	the development of <a href="#2015_02_06"
        >new and simplified configuration</a>.
      </p>

      <h3 id="2015_02_06">2015-02-06</h3>
      <p>
	Erik Huelsmann -one of the common-lisp.net maintainers- has submitted
	a proposal for the nearby future of the site.  Read <a
        href="https://mailman.common-lisp.net/pipermail/clo-devel/2015-February/000934.html">the details in his mail</a> to the
	<a href="https://mailman.common-lisp.net/cgi-bin/mailman/listinfo/clo-devel">clo-devel mailing list</a> in the archive.  Feedback is very much
	appreciated.
      </p>

      <h3 id="2015_02_01">2015-02-01</h3>
      <p>
	The (www.)common-lisp.net domain has started using the <em>https</em>
	protocol for all its URLs. In the weeks to come, the various
	sub-domains will be switched too.  This change has been made
	in response to user requests. Should you have a request too,
	please let us know on the <a
        href="http://mailman.common-lisp.net/cgi-bin/mailman/listinfo
	      /clo-devel">mailing
        list</a>!
      </p>

      <h3 id="2015_01_30">2015-01-30</h3>
      <p>
	The mail system's criteria for accepting mail have been tightened
	and mail forwarding now uses <abbr title="Sender rewriting scheme"
        ><a href="http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sender_Rewriting_Scheme"
	    >SRS</a></abbr> when the sender domain specifies an
	<a href="http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sender_Policy_Framework"><abbr
        title="Sender Policy Framework">SPF</abbr> policy</a>.
	The changes address these issues:
      </p>
      <ul>
	<li>too many spam mails entering the moderation queues</li>
	<li>improved reputation of the common-lisp.net domain at Google</li>
      </ul>
      <p>Google considers common-lisp.net a Bulk Sender, which means
	we must abide by <a href="https://support.google.com/mail/answer/81126?hl=en">a number of requirements to make sure mail gets accepted</a>.
      </p>
      <p>Some of the stricter criteria to accept mail on common-lisp.net are:
      </p>
      <dl style="margin-left: 3em">
	<dt>Mail failing SPF validation is no longer accepted</dt>
	<dd>Due to the SRS rewriting, these mails would leave
	  common-lisp.net as legitimate mail. By rejecting these
	  mails, we honor the policy stated by the sender domain.<br/>
	  <em>Note: We're currently not rejecting soft-failing mails.</em></dd>
	<dt>Mail failing DKIM validation is no longer accepted</dt>
	<dd>Forwarding mail which fails DKIM validation reflects
	  poorly on common-lisp.net's reputation as a mail host.
	  By rejecting mail failing DKIM validation, we honor the
	  policy stated by the sender domain.</dd>
	<dt>A series of requirements on the host submitting mail</dt>
	<dd>By enforcing a number of requirements on the DNS configuration
	  and protocol conformity of the hosts submitting mail to
	  common-lisp.net, we enforce the same requirements that Google
	  and other mail hosters enforce on us, common-lisp.net can't
	  be used as a hub by spammers to increase legitemacy of the mail
	  flow. Nor can accidental forwarding of spam mail hurt
	  common-lisp.net's reputation with the large mail hosters.</dd>
      </dl>

      <h3 id="2014_09_22">2014-09-22</h3>

      <p>Hello everybody. The site moved to a shiny new server a few
      moments ago. Everything should work, and if it doesn't, please
      <a
      href="http://mailman.common-lisp.net/cgi-bin/mailman/listinfo/clo-devel">let
      us know.</a></p>

      <p>You can also help us by <a href="/contribute/">donating</a>.</p>

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