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The Application servers (or app servers) are the several hundred Apache servers that run MediaWiki (PHP application).

Service

Puppet roles:

  • mediawiki::appserver, mediawiki::canary_appserver
  • mediawiki::appserver::api, mediawiki::appserver::canary_api
  • mediawiki::maintenance
  • mediawiki::jobrunner

Relevant puppet classes:

Architecture

The application servers are load-balanced via LVS. Connections between our CDN (HTTP cache proxies) and app servers are encrypted with TLS, which is terminated locally on the app server using Envoy. Envoy then hands the request off to the local Apache.

Apache is in charge of handling redirects, rewrite rules, and determining the document root. It then uses php-fpm to invoke the MediaWiki software.

The Apache MPM we use is mod_worker, which decides how php-fpm processes are spawned.

Logging

Apache errors are logged to /srv/mw-log/apache2.log on mwlog1001.

Apache access logs are mostly disabled. Statistics are drawn from Varnish front ends instead.

Hardware repair

When taking down application servers (running mediawiki) for things like disk replacement or other hardware repair, _do not forget to_:

  • before: remove from dsh group

These are in puppet, operations/puppet repo, in modules/dsh/files/group. The important one for Mediawiki sync is "mediawiki-installation".

  • before: de-pool in pybal
  • TODO: Document what to do if it's a scap proxy (see hieradata/common/dsh/config.yaml)

See pybal. You can just grep for the server name and set 'enabled': False and save.

  • before: check nobody is scapping right now (best: announce with a !log line in IRC)

This is an IRC thing on libera.chat in #wikimedia-dev connect/#wikimedia-tech connect/#wikimedia-operations connect

  • during: acknowledge Icinga monitoring checks (best: with related ticket number as comment)

Do this by logging in via browser on icinga.wikimedia.org. search for the hostname, check all services and use the "acknowledge" option. You'll see the IRC bots outputting this as well and they will stop repeating things over and over in the channels.

  • after: re-add to dsh groups

Revert the above.

  • after: re-pool in pybal

Revert the above.

See also