Apache Whimsy is a collection of useful organizational tools used by the ASF and Apache committers to access and manipulate data about Apache people, projects, and processes. Whimsy is both an Apache PMC, this codebase, and the live deployed instance of https://whimsy.apache.org/.
The ASF's Whimsy instance hosts static content, repository checkouts/clones, CGI scripts, Rack applications, tools, and cron jobs. Note: features accessing private ASF data are restricted to committers, Members, or Officers of the ASF.
Since Whimsy hosts many independent tools that make finding or updating information at the ASF simpler, there are plenty of places for Apache committers to get involved. Bugs or improvement suggestions for the many tools available on Whimsy or list of public datafiles are always appreciated.
The Whimsy committers are always looking for new ideas to improve processes at Apache, and we can either help you get started or suggest how to approach just about any sort of “find this ASF data and streamline that process” ideas.
Most documentation is in the code or in the repo, and our dev@whimsical mailing list is active. Note that many Whimsy tools access committer- or member-private data, so some tools are access restricted.
Historical note: The live production whimsy.apache.org server was used for the board agenda tool and more before we became the Apache Whimsy top level project. That's why whimsy.apache.org is the production server, and mailing lists and a homepage are hosted on the whimsical.apache.org domain.
Whimsy is run in an Apache hosted VM with httpd, Rack, Ruby, and variety of other tools that directly interface with various parts of Apache organziational records.
Details for each type of deployed tool or script:
Static content Changes pushed to GitHub master will be automatically deployed - every commit triggers the puppet agent to do an update, which may take a few minutes. Note that this includes the contents of scripts and applications too.
Repository checkouts/clones An copy of a number of repositories are updated every 10 minutes via a cron job. This is controlled by repository.yml. The whimsy vm is also subscribed to board@ and scans those emails for commit messages and will update the copy of
foundation/board when commits happen.
CGI scripts any dependencies listed in a
Gemfile will automatically be installed. A simple CGI:
Authentication for CGI Scripts See the DEVELOPMENT.md FAQ.
Rack applications run under Phusion Passenger under Apache httpd. Again,
Gemfiles are used to specify dependencies. In addition to simply checking the application, one line per passenger application needs to be added to the puppet file under 'passenger:` as seen in DEPLOYMENT.md.
A sample rack application (two empty directories, and a one line file):
Authentication requirements will also need to be two phase, like with CGI above; but more common conditions can be handled at the “Rack” level instead of at the application level making use of Rack middleware such as:
Cron jobs are managed by puppet. See deployment for more information.
Generated JSON data files are automatically generated into the
/public directory, to cache freqently used data for whimsy and other applications. These are usually run from a cron calling a www/roster/public_*.rb file. See also an overview of data dependencies and flow.
Data models for many Whimsy tools are in
lib/whimsy/asf, and most views for tools are stored in
www. Note what Whimsy has a wide variety of sometimes unrelated tools, so not everything here uses the same models.