Server update, 2013-07-22

We’ve just finished deploying the second update to for July. Continuing the trend, this release is primarily bug fixes with a few new improvements. Notably, people should be happy to hear that the Cover Art Archive now supports PNGs and GIFs, ISRC editing has become easier, and the release and relationship editors should be a little bit more stable. Many thanks to Nicolás Tamargo along with the MusicBrainz team for their continued work on MusicBrainz. Here’s what’s changed:


  • [MBS-3132] – Problems with track artist credits when seeding the release editor
  • [MBS-5310] – Artist aliases should not be shown for work relations when doing a release lookup
  • [MBS-5409] – Internal server error when artist begin year is 0
  • [MBS-5637] – Regression: Recording merges can result in duplicate relationships
  • [MBS-6058] – Artist Subscriptions overview page is contradicting itself
  • [MBS-6194] – regression : drums release relationships were invisible as long as there was at least one recording drums relationship
  • [MBS-6235] – Internal server error when using date of birth without century in profile
  • [MBS-6273] – Country names are no longer shown in the sidebar or in edits
  • [MBS-6275] – Diffs no longer work for release dates
  • [MBS-6276] – Release dates are badly aligned in edits
  • [MBS-6280] – Registering an account ignores DB_READ_ONLY
  • [MBS-6282] – Uploading cover art ignores DB_READ_ONLY
  • [MBS-6283] – Voting on edits ignores DB_READ_ONLY
  • [MBS-6284] – Cancelling edits ignores DB_READ_ONLY
  • [MBS-6285] – Verifying an email address ignores DB_READ_ONLY
  • [MBS-6286] – Editing profile/preferences/password ignores DB_READ_ONLY
  • [MBS-6288] – Adding ISRCs ignores DB_READ_ONLY
  • [MBS-6289] – Editing CD stubs ignores DB_READ_ONLY
  • [MBS-6290] – Removing subscriptions ignores DB_READ_ONLY
  • [MBS-6354] – Possible to edit after unsetting email
  • [MBS-6360] – Internal server error when trying to authenticate via digest auth with non-ASCII username
  • [MBS-6369] – No link to area when editing an artist, a label or anything that has an area inline search
  • [MBS-6401] – Regression: Default release group cover art is not (always?) the original release
  • [MBS-6403] – Resetting password ignores DB_READ_ONLY
  • [MBS-6410] – Internal Server Error
  • [MBS-6413] – Areas’ releases tab should show "This area is not currently associated with any releases" if empty
  • [MBS-6417] – JSON API does not return disc number information for media
  • [MBS-6426] – ModBot unable to close old edit release edits that cleared both date and country
  • [MBS-6454] – Pressing enter when editing a relationship type does not submit the form
  • [MBS-6455] – Internal server error displaying edit relationship type edits
  • [MBS-6468] – Relationship type documentation pages are not linked in appropriate places
  • [MBS-6486] – ModBot no longer enters remove relationship edits when using "Split into separate artists"
  • [MBS-6498] – Internal server error displaying an historic set track lengths edit
  • [MBS-6531] – area/ doesn’t exist
  • [MBS-6536] – OAuth token expiration ISE
  • [MBS-6569] – JSON file uploaded to the IA has the wrong file extensions for GIFs/PNGs
  • [MBS-6578] – ModBot is unable to close Edit::Area::Merge edits


  • [MBS-2411] – Login page should be encrypted (SSL/TLS)
  • [MBS-4114] – Cover art archive: Support .gif
  • [MBS-4671] – Enter "Remove relationship" edits as the same editor instead of ModBot when splitting artists
  • [MBS-5868] – Move ISRC editing to the edit recording page
  • [MBS-6022] – Cover art archive: Support .png UI Changes
  • [MBS-6414] – Wikidata URL cleanup should also remove the "fragment" part of the URL
  • [MBS-6457] – Relationship editor deals confusingly with deprecated relationships
  • [MBS-6575] – Provide more debugging information if the release editor fails to create edits

The Git tag for this release is v-2013-07-22.

MusicBrainz Summit 13: Berlin, Germany 21 & 22 September 2013

After we were not able to confirm space in our previously agreed city, we started looking for alternative places to host our summit and Wikimedia Germany in Berlin graciously agreed to host us!

This means that we’re going to hold our annual MusicBrainz summit at Wikimedia Germany in Berlin on September 21 and 22. However, please note that space is limited to 20 people, so if you’re interested in attending, please sign up as soon as you can!

Please take a look at the summit wiki page and then add yourself to the appropriate places in that page if you’d like to come.

I’m looking forward to seeing familiar and new faces!

EU FTP mirror wanted

The OSU Open Source Lab hosts our FTP site in the US (thanks!!), but downloading from it from the EU is quite slow. We’re wondering if anyone would be interested in setting up an FTP mirror that is located in the EU? Sadly, we have no idea what sorts of bandwidth would be required for this, but we’re currently using less than 50GB of disk space.

If you’re interested, please leave a comment. Thanks!

Server update, 2013-07-08

We’ve just finished deploying the latest version of MusicBrainz on our servers. This release is again primarily a bug fix release, but as always we’ve got a couple of improvements in added too. Thanks to Michael Wiencek, Nicolás Tamargo, nikki and the MusicBrainz team for all their work on this release! Here’s a list of what’s changed:


  • [MBS-5892] – Make wikidocs links always go to the server the user is on
  • [MBS-5941] – Using the link to from beta.mb after starting to use the beta site redirects to beta.mb again
  • [MBS-6020] – Work types in the relationship editor still don’t sort alphabetically
  • [MBS-6272] – Countries are no longer linked in the release sidebar
  • [MBS-6325] – Moving a release with a release date into an empty release group does not provide it with a date (sorting doesn’t work)
  • [MBS-6327] – Development servers ask users to change passwords when logging in
  • [MBS-6331] – Internal server error entering an existing ISO code
  • [MBS-6384] – Internal server error looking up a disc ID in the JSON webservice
  • [MBS-6404] – Regression: it is impossible to have a track without "track #" field empty (despite edit doing just that passes without problem)
  • [MBS-6440] – Opening filter fails due to syntax error
  • [MBS-6485] – Blocking of /ws/1 URLs should be done in MusicBrainz-Server, not nginx config
  • [MBS-6491] – Editing an artist area should not be an auto-edit
  • [MBS-6501] – Internal Server Error: "Wide character in subroutine entry" trying to create an account with Unicode characters in the username or password
  • [MBS-6504] – Digest authentication is broken for new accounts until the password is changed
  • [MBS-6519] – Recording index page column span is incorrect
  • [MBS-6524] – Work type and lyrics language ordered differently for editing and display
  • [MBS-6548] – ModBot is unable to close Edit::Relationship::Delete edits


  • [MBS-5487] – Edit search : Add the relationship type information to "remove relationship" edits
  • [MBS-5835] – Report of recordings with tracks which vary a lot in length
  • [MBS-6132] – Show filename in Add/Edit cover art edits as in removals
  • [MBS-6226] – Use new page version in the wikidocs edit page form
  • [MBS-6258] – Add accept/reject buttons to the edit search results pages on test servers
  • [MBS-6350] – Merge release events where dates are equal but release country in one or more instances is unknown
  • [MBS-6499] – Kill the nag


The Git tag for this release is v-2013-07-08.