[Beowulf] User notification of new software on the cluster

Gavin W. Burris bug at wharton.upenn.edu
Wed Sep 28 05:56:15 PDT 2016

Hi, Rob.  

We do motd and a user newsletter.

I really like the cron job and subscribed notification idea.  It would interesting to go beyond email, maybe with a subscribable push notification API, something like Pushover.


On Tue 09/27/16 04:02PM EDT, Rob Taylor wrote:
> 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? 
> Thanks.
> rgt
> Whitehead Network/System Administrator
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