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Latest news


Today the system has been declared "CVS clean"! All remnants of CVS have been removed.


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!


GitLab upgraded to GitLab 7.11.1.


Proposed approach for Darcs repository migration sent out.


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:

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 clo-devel mailing list.


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:


GitLab project fixes issues reported by common-lisp.net admin: loading of commit data.


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:


GitLab has been upgraded to 7.10.0; one of the tickets we filed with the GitLab project, has been resolved now.


Migration of CVS repositories to Git+GitLab has started. The first batch (10 projects) was converted:

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! :-)


GitLab upgraded to 7.9.4


The first projects with CVS repositories have received e-mails about the planned migration according to the proposed procedure. 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!

The announcement e-mail requires action if you want to migrate to Subversion instead of to Git. If you want to migrate to Git+GitLab, there's no need to respond. It's the default.

If you want to declare that your project wants to migrate to Subversion without awaiting your announcement e-mail, please file a ticket in the site's Trac instance.


Due to a variety of reasons, the history of the mailing lists of common-lisp.net had spread over a number of sources:

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.

Now, this long-overdue task has finally been completed. The mailing list history can be browsed and indexed again from the online archive


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 gitlab documentation for the github import workflow.

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.

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 only 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 GitLab omniauth for existing users documentation.


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 large number of fixes and enhancements.


Our self-hosted git repository management environment gitlab.common-lisp.net is now live! During the deployment, the system was seeded with 390 users, 434 groups and 210 repositories.

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.

If you experience any issues, please report to the site admins.

We hope you enjoy the new user experience!


Today the date has been announced for the final migration of all git repositories to GitLab: Friday March 20th!


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.

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.

We're sorry for any inconvenience caused.


The site admins have announced a change in policies for the mailing lists to be in effect as of March 15th, 2015. Please read the original announcement e-mail for details.

In summary, there are two changes being implemented:

  1. Subject prefix '[<mailing-list>]' won't be added anymore.
  2. Moderation requests won't be held indefinitely anymore, defaulting to a hold period of 90 days (expiring the unmoderated e-mail when unhandled).

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!.

The later addresses the fact that the moderation queue is growing indefinitely, with most lists set to never expire moderation requests.


The site admins identified a list of mailing lists for which contact with the list owner has been lost list for your favorite list or your name.


Due to a failed system upgrade, the system experienced extended downtime on Sunday. Our apologies for any inconvenience.

The maintenance was completed successfully around 18.00 UTC and is a step towards easier maintainance for the system and support the development of new and simplified configuration.


Erik Huelsmann -one of the common-lisp.net maintainers- has submitted a proposal for the nearby future of the site. Read the details in his mail to the clo-devel mailing list in the archive. Feedback is very much appreciated.


The (www.)common-lisp.net domain has started using the https 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 mailing list!


The mail system's criteria for accepting mail have been tightened and mail forwarding now uses SRS when the sender domain specifies an SPF policy. The changes address these issues:

Google considers common-lisp.net a Bulk Sender, which means we must abide by a number of requirements to make sure mail gets accepted.

Some of the stricter criteria to accept mail on common-lisp.net are:

Mail failing SPF validation is no longer accepted
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.
Note: We're currently not rejecting soft-failing mails.
Mail failing DKIM validation is no longer accepted
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.
A series of requirements on the host submitting mail
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.


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