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Jacks Bugs

2/13/15 update

  • Copy-Paste broken on Firefox
  • Context
    • Tom use latest generator with --basic and proper entries in the config for extra and advanced, tagging OVS images as nomac and GRE/EGRE links as ip=auto
      • Experiment Support: Should only GRE/EGRE be auto-iped?
      • Iterate with Jon, test
    • Do not make all image URNs at by default
    • Make constraints work when dragging on the palette
      • This is what will block a user from trying to create a link between 2 aggregates that cannot be linked
  • Version on image in context is not carried into version on image in RSpec
  • Shared VLAN link icon not showing in Firefox
    • Actually 2 issues Jon saw
  • Any changes that change the rspec cause modified-topology events
    • Support seeing/handling GRE links differently
  • Portal: must reload slice-jacks and Details pages to get ExoGENI login information
  • Duplicate node and auto-iping and expanded viewer/editor: all these functions are in place and need testing
    • Auto-IP causes sites to be named with site number
    • Auto IP loses attributes on links (GRE became any)
    • Duplicate node or Node+Link loses attributes set on both the original and new nodes, including HW type, install, execute

Low (post-GEC) Priority

  • Optimize constraint enforcement
  • bind to a PC (i.e be able to set the component_id on a node; could simply be a textbox for now)
  • Portal: support 'create image' action
  • Add a LAN with only 1 node (like shared VLAN)
  • Change node ID changes interface ID
  • Pan / Zoom
  • Show actual path of stitched links
  • Allow moving shared VLAN UI element

New issues on 2/6/15

  • WORKING and tested on both FF/Chrome Lab 0 and Lab 1
  • BROKEN IN FIREFOX ONLY Shared VLANS don't show up in requests (I didn't check manifests). That is the box for the link is missing but the line between the node and the box are both there.

HIGH (required to remove beta)

  • GEC22 DEMOS (4 issues):
    • BROKEN Deconflict manifests so we can combine the manifests from multiple AMs.
      • 1/14/15: Mostly working if you specify 'source=devel'.
        • Need to add logic to compare sliver_id to fully uniqify 2 nodes (for ExoGENI), and to keep the 'old' equivalent node if it has a sliver_id and the 'new' node does not.
        • Must refuse to allow picking an AM that is already picked for another site
        • Marshall will confirm portal works with the new semantics
    • For bound requests and all manifest, make sure the site ID is not a number but the site name instead
      • Use site name from component_manager_id if present
      • 1/14/15: Fixed if you specify 'source=devel'. Please test.
      • 1/15/15: Sarah using Chrome on a mac: Tested manifests and seems to work. Having trouble verifying the request version of this bug on the production jacks so I don't have anything to compare the devel version to.
      • 2/6/15: Seems to work for requests, but not for manifests in some situations (Lab1 RSpec; two nodes with the same name at different aggregates)
  • GEC22 TUTORIALS (extra 4 issues):
    • A basic working constraint system with reasonable defaults JON WORKING ON THIS
      • includes being able to get a reasonable list of available OSes (perhaps constructed from the advertisement)
      • Limit aggregates to bind to things Jacks understands (for example, don't include OpenFlow aggregates)
      • selecting the appropriate default link type for inter-aggregate links
        • i.e. use EGRE if stitching is not available between 2 IG sites, stitching if it is available, and always stitching for EG sites
      • cannot add an IG VM/raw-pc to a site that is EG and vice-versa
    • OpenFlow topologies with the OVS image:
    • Plus see 1 portal item marked "GEC22" below
    • NEW Have to reload entire Slice page to get login information for ExoGENI only.
      • A portal issue
  • Others (3 issues)
    • BROKEN ON FF ONLY Copy-paste of text (e.g. hostname)
      • This is a known Firefox issue. Instead of disabled="disabled" you need to specify readonly="readonly". This seems to work for Chrome as well. So make the hostname box (or other non-editable box) readonly="readonly".
      • 1/14/15: Fixed if you specify source=devel. Please test.
      • 1/15/15: Sarah on Chrome on a mac: FIXED.
      • 2/6/15: NOT fixed on Firefox on a mac. FIXED on Chrome on a mac.
    • Proper handling of lan/vlan toggling
      • Will show a single link type that covers both LAN & VLAN and do the right thing under the covers.
    • Make sure we can still reserve at OpenFlow aggregates using canned RSpecs
    • REQUIRES CHANGE BY SW GROUP NEW If using GRE/EGRE tunnels, prompt the user to include IP addresses on the links.


Items here and below are not required to get Jacks out of beta, may be needed by GEC22.

  • UI cleanup items on Jon's list (including changing the router image)
    • 1/14/15: Most are done, including router image.
  • FireFox formatting JON WORKING ON THIS
    • 1/14/14: Most are done.
  • bind to a PC (i.e be able to set the component_id on a node; could simply be a textbox for now)
  • create image
  • restart node


  • Change node ID changes interface ID

Jacks enhancements


  • GEC22 NEW Bigger Jacks pane on both Add Resources and Manifest views.
    • A portal bug, being worked
  • NEW Copy-paste of NODES (see description under (1) below)
    • Jacks App solution in process
  • Remove a node from a LAN
    • FIXED on Firefox
  • Full AM API v3 support including
    • This is a portal issue
    • view and renew slice expiration times
    • POA commands including restart, reload, create image
  • DONE? ability to specify the URL/URN for a custom OS


  • Add a LAN with only 1 node (like shared VLAN)
  • NEW Substantial node type features (see description under (2) below)
  • NEW On the listresources.php page, have a combined manifest viewer (like on the slice page) which shows status.
    • A portal bug
  • NEW Auto-IP
    • Fixed for some cases?
  • NEW Validate user entered data such as IP addresses (e.g. both ends of link have IP and on same network). Warn if not make sense.


  • Pan / Zoom
  • Show actual path of stitched links
  • Allow moving shared VLAN UI element
  • Support non ASCII OS ???

Explanation of NEW items from above

1) Add "copy and paste" to Jacks (Flack has had it for a long time).

  • Without copy and paste you introduce a huge risk for introducing manual errors.
  • But a big reason we want this is that we are trying to encourage experimenters to define standard node types (or templates if you prefer) which they replicate as needed. Copy and paste is a cheap way of getting this feature.
  • Priority: Not required to get out Jacks out of beta, but top of the list after that

2) We'd also like to discuss adding more substantial support for node types with Jon. We envision two distinct possibilities:

a) Support for Pre-canned node types (a button with a custom icon, OS image, install/execute scripts, even an OF controller that serves a particular function such as "firewall") b) Support for Custom node types. Allow the experimenter to define their own node types (icon, image, install/execute, etc for a a particular function) on the fly.

  • Priority: Nice to have. We like to discuss this with him so it's in the back of his head as he's developing new features.

Jon is also working on (according to Aaron's notes from when we last spoke)

  • cleanup Jacks internals
  • clean up Jacks programmatic interface
  • Jacks shares more semantic information about nodes with the embedding page
  • apply/check constraints when dragging nodes and links, not just when picking an attribute from a drop-down list
  • avoid silent exceptions that cause blank screen

FIXED items

Bugs from Sarah testing source=devel on Chrome on 1/15/15

  • FIXED BLOCKER: In Firefox I getting a "Jacks loading..." or "Loading..." message in both the request and manifest views.
  • FIXED The aggregate pulldown for the single AM case is very narrow (just big enough to fit "any")
  • FIXED Why is the single AM case different from the multi-AM case? It's not clear to me that that's a good thing.
  • FIXED I was confused by the giant message to "Click to select". Clicking that message does nothing. I think it's trying to tell you to click on an icon on the right to select the icon.
  • FIXED Make saved RSpec format prettified
    • 2/6/15: Sarah on Firefox and Chrome on a mac: FIXED
  • FIXED ExoSM nodes don't highlight as Green when ready
    • Requires a Jacks fix and then a portal fix
    • Jon must return sliver_id with all topology information
  • FIXED Removing install/execute scripts from Jacks doesn't modify the RSPec (see proto-ch 1254)
    • If I do the following:
      1. Load an RSpec from a URL (I did:
      2. Edit the RSpec (I removed the install and execute scripts from both nodes using the Remove button)
      3. View, Download, or Reserve the RSpec
    • The resulting RSpec includes the install and execute scripts even though they are deleted in the GUI.
    • 1/14/15: Fixed if you specify source=devel. Please test.
    • 1/15/15: Sarah on Chrome on a mac: FIXED.
    • 2/6/15: Sarah on Firefox and Chrome on a mac: FIXED
  • FIXED Jacks sshes into wrong node when there are duplicate client_ids in a slice (see proto-ch 1257)
    • 2/6/15: Sarah tested on both chrome and ff.