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Open Infrastructure PTG Bot
ptgbot is the bot that PTG track moderators use to surface what's
currently happening at the event. Track moderators send messages to
the bot, and from that information the bot builds a static webpage
with several sections of information:
* The discussion topics currently discussed ("now")
* An indicative set of discussion topics coming up next ("next")
* The tracks pre-scheduled for the day
* The tracks which booked available slots in the additional rooms
The bot also allows people to voluntarily check into (and out of)
tracks or other arbitrary locations, if they want to be found more
easily by other people.
User commands
Anyone can privately message the bot with the following commands
(chevrons like <> denote required parameters):
* ``in <#TRACKNAME>`` - tells the bot you are currently in the track
named ``TRACKNAME``. This must be one of the tracks it knows about,
for example: ``in #nova``
* ``in <LOCATION>`` - tells the bot you are currently in a location
which doesn't correspond to any track. This can be any freeform
text, for example: ``in the pub``
* ``out`` - tells the bot you've checked out of your current location.
However others will still be able to see when and where you checked
* ``seen <NICK>`` - asks the bot where the user with the given IRC nick
was last seen (if anywhere). The nick is case-insensitive.
* ``subscribe <REGEXP>`` - subscribes for a direct message notification
from the bot whenever a topic with a substring matching ``REGEXP``
is set via the ``now`` or ``next`` commands (see below). The exact
string the (case-insensitive) regular expression will be matched
against is of the form ``#track now topic`` (i.e. the same as the
full commands issued by track moderators). So for example
``subscribe #nova.*test|python *3`` would match any testing topics
in the nova track, and any Python 3 topics in any track.
* ``subscribe`` - shows your current subscription regular expression
(if any)
* ``unsubscribe`` - cancels your current subscription (if any)
The above commands also work in the channel when prefixed with ``+``,
for example ``+in the pub``. You can use the ``+`` prefix with
private messages to the bot too, in case you don't want to memorise
different syntax for these commands depending on whether you are
messaging the bot privately or in a channel.
Track moderators commands
By default the bot allows anyone in the channel to issue track moderation
commands. However note that it is possible for admins to restrict access
to people who have voice in the channel (+v).
Commands follow the following format::
Here is the list of available commands.
The ``now`` command indicates the current topic of discussion in a given
track. Example usage::
#swift now discussing ring placement
* Your track needs to exist in the system, and be scheduled in the day.
Information about the room will be added automatically from the schedule.
* You can mention other tracks by using the corresponding hashtags, like:
``#nova now discussing multi-attach with #cinder``.
* There can only be one ``now`` discussion topic at a time. If multiple
topics are discussed at the same time in various corners of the room,
they should all be specified in a single ``now`` command.
* In order to ensure that information is current, entering a ``now`` command
wipes out any ``next`` entry for the same track.
The ``next`` command lets you communicate the upcoming topics of discussion in
your track. You can use it as a teaser for things to come. Example usage::
#swift next at 2pm we plan to discuss #glance support
#swift next around 3pm we plan to cover cold storage features
* Your track needs to exist in the system, and be scheduled in the day.
* You can specify multiple ``next`` discussion topics. To clear the list, you
can enter a new ``now`` discussion topic, or use the ``clean`` command.
* Since passing a new ``now`` command wipes out the ``next`` entries, you
might want to refresh those after entering a ``now`` topic.
The ``book`` command is used to book available slots in the additional rooms.
Available time slots (at the bottom of the PTGbot page) display a slot code
you can use book the room. Example usage::
#vitrage book Missouri-MonAM
* Your track needs to exist in the system.
* Once you booked the slot, you are part of the schedule for the day, and
you can use the ``now`` and ``next`` commands to communicate what topic
is being discussed.
The ``unbook`` command is used to free up booked slots in the additional rooms.
You should generally not unbook a track without the consent of its track lead.
Example usage::
#vitrage unbook Missouri-MonAM
You can remove all ``now`` and ``next`` entries related to your track by
issuing the ``clean`` command (with no argument). Example usage::
#ironic clean
By default the bot generates etherpad links for all tracks. If you already
have an etherpad, you can set its URL using the ``etherpad`` command::
#keystone etherpad
If you set a URL and would like to revert to the autogenerated name, you can
pass ``auto`` as the etherpad URL::
#keystone etherpad auto
A URL can be associated to a track, for example pointing to where the video
meeting happens. By default the bot points to the URL associated to the room,
if any. You can override it using the ``url`` command::
#keystone url
If you set a track-specific URL and would like to remove it, you can pass
``none`` as the URL::
#keystone url none
By default all tracks appear as blue badges on the page. You can set your
own color using the ``color`` command. Colors can be specified in any
form supported by the CSS attribute background-color::
#infra color red
#oslo color #42f4c5
* The color command only sets the background color for the track
name. The foreground is always white.
The room your track discussions happen in should be filled automatically
by the PTGbot by looking up the schedule information. In case it's not right,
you can overwrite it using the ``location`` command. This command is
useless in a virtual PTG, where you should use the "url" command to update
the virtual meeting location. Example usage::
#oslo location Level B, Ballroom A
Admin commands
You have to be a channel operator (+o) to use admin commands (chevrons
like <> denote required parameters).
List available track names
~add <TRACK> [TRACK..]
Add new track(s)
~del <TRACK> [TRACK..]
Deletes track(s)
~clean <TRACK> [TRACK..]
Removes active entries for specified track(s)
Removes existing now/next/location/presence entries. This command is
meant to be run at the start of a new day
~motd add <LEVEL> <MESSAGE>
Adds a message of the day on top of the rendered page. Level must be one of
info, success, warning or danger. Multiple messages can be provided.
~motd del <N>
Removes Nth message from the top of the page (first message is number 1).
~motd reorder <X> <Y> [Z...]
Reorder messages. For example, ~motd reorder 2 1 would swap the top two
messages, and remove any other message present.
~motd clean
Removes all messages of the day on top of the rendered page.
Resets the database entirely to minimal contents
~fetchdb <URL>
Fetches JSON DB from specified URL. Any JSON key specified will replace
existing data in database.
Requires that users are voiced (+v) to issue track moderation commands
Allows everyone in the channel to issue track moderation commands
Local testing
Copy config.json.sample to config.json::
cp config.json.sample config.json
Edit config.json contents, for example::
"irc_nick": "ptgbot",
"irc_server": "",
"irc_port": 6697,
"irc_channel": "#testptg",
"db_filename": "html/ptg.json",
In one terminal, run the bot::
tox -evenv -- ptgbot -d config.json
Join that channel and load base JSON data from a public URL (see base.json
for an example). You can use the pastebin service as a quick way to publish
that data::
Then you can give other commands to the bot, like::
#swift now discussing ring placement
(note, the bot currently only takes commands from Freenode identified users)
In another terminal, start the webserver::
cd ptgbot/html && python -m http.server
Open the web page in a web browser: