Askbot is a publicly available Q&A support site for OpenStack.
At a Glance¶
The site ask.openstack.org based on the officially released askbot pip distribution. The stable deployment is extended with a custom OpenStack theme available at https://git.openstack.org/cgit/openstack-infra/askbot-theme.
The ask-staging.openstack.org site based on master branch of https://github.com/askbot/askbot-devel repository, and deploys askbot directly from github and consume the openstack theme from openstack-infra/askbot-theme repository. The staging site is using python virtualenv for proper pip dependency handling.
+--------+ +----------+ | apache | ---- | mod_wsgi | +--------+ +----------+ | +-------------+ +---------------+ | askbot site |--- | celery daemon | +-------------+ +---------------+ / | \ / | \ +-------+ +------------+ +-------------+ | redis | | postgresql | | apache solr | +-------+ +------------+ +-------------+
Apache / mod_wsgi¶
Serve the incoming http request using the mod_wsgi Python WSGI adapter, through an SSL virtual host. The site vhost also contains url aliases to serve static content of the theme and all uploaded image files, including the site logo.
The Askbot django application, the custom site specific assets live under /srv/askbot-sites/slot0 directory, including the configuration, application level log files, static content, custom OpenStack theme and uploaded files.
The authentication based on Google, Yahoo and Launchpad OpenID providers. Local login and all other providers except Google, Yahoo and Launchpad are disabled in site configuration.
The askbot-theme repository contains just the pure Sass source of the theme, so this must be precompiled by compass Sass tool.
Application management tool can be found under /srv/askbot-sites/slot0/config:
python manage.py <command>
- system-config: modules/askbot/templates/askbot.vhost.erb
- system-config: modules/askbot/templates/settings.py.erb
In addition to the file-based configuration, Askbot provides a web interface to tweak its own settings. Toggles and fields for reputation thresholds, user communications rules, data entry and formatting rules, keys for external services and static content can be found at $URL/en/settings/.
As per Django standard, $URL/admin provides access to the Django administration interface. Effectively a limited web portal to the data in the database - but sometimes useful for debugging login problems using the Django_authopenid plugin.
This upstart based daemon is responsible for async tasks of the Askbot site,
and can be managed by standard service management tools:
server askbot-celeryd <start|stop|status>
Askbot is using redis for handling local caching of configuration and page
data. It is useful to clear the redis cache with the
after a service restart.
A postgresql database hosts the content and dynamic site configuration.
Apache Solr handling the full-text indexes of the site, based on a multi-core setup, and assigning cores for specific languages. Currently the English (en) and Chinese (zh) languages are supported.
Solr schema templates can be found at:
The askbot website contains a
surprisingly askbot based support forum,
and a lot of operational related information is available there. Additional
- activate virtualenv:
- synchronize db schema:
python manage.py syncdb
- migrate database between upgrades:
python manage.py migrate
- rebuild solr index:
python manage.py askbot_rebuild_index -l <language-code>
- assign administrator right to a user:
python manage.py add_admin <user-id>
- update site url setting in askbot database:
update livesettings_setting set value = '<site-url>' where "group" = 'QA_SITE_SETTINGS' and key = 'APP_URL';