[Beowulf] User notification of new software on the cluster

Paul McIntosh paul.mcintosh at monash.edu
Tue Sep 27 15:46:40 PDT 2016

Hi Rob,

We have a live google spreadsheet, which is updated via the google docs api


We don't notify users normally, however we log what modules are used by
users with a simple system that creates a file per user of loaded modules.
So if we have an issue with a module, we can find out who has used it and
update everyone about the new fixed version available.

It would be pretty easy to extend the above and to have the login profile
look for new versions based on old usage and let users know. The trick would
be not to annoy users who need to only use one version.

Hope that helps.


-----Original Message-----
From: Beowulf [mailto:beowulf-bounces at beowulf.org] On Behalf Of Rob Taylor
Sent: Wednesday, 28 September 2016 6:03 AM
To: Beowulf List <beowulf at beowulf.org>
Subject: [Beowulf] User notification of new software on the cluster

I wanted to ask how people announce new versions of software that has been
installed on their cluster to their user base.
Web page, email, motd, etc.

We've done that, but we've also recently had a request from a user to be
notified only when specific software/packages change or when newer versions
are installed.
We're looking to implement that somewhat like a google alert, where the user
can register some keywords to search for, and a cron job would search our
change logs, and email the users what they had expressed an interest in.
Has anyone done anything similar? 



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