Server update, 2012-04-30

We’ve released another set of bug fixes and improvements for the server. Thanks to Joachim LeBlanc, Johannes Weißl and the rest of the MusicBrainz team for helping on this release!

Bug

  • [MBS-2553] – Change wording for no External Links in the sidebar
  • [MBS-4041] – Nonexistent elections cause Internal Server Error
  • [MBS-4544] – Predefined advanced searches on /search no longer work
  • [MBS-4547] – URL cleanup broken on URL edit page
  • [MBS-4563] – Plugin::Diff is broken
  • [MBS-4564] – robots.txt served as octet-stream on test.mb
  • [MBS-4566] – Advanced Search Syntax Link missing from Search
  • [MBS-4573] – Show a message when a label has no releases
  • [MBS-4597] – Merging can fail if entities have aliases with the same locale
  • [MBS-4609] – Comment element on release group in /ws/2 should be removed

Improvement

  • [MBS-1167] – "Read more" for annotation previews should load the full annotation in place, not take you to a different page
  • [MBS-1881] – Move relationship types/attributes/instruments lists
  • [MBS-2479] – Mark approvals differently from normal Yes votes
  • [MBS-2814] – Reports don’t highlight entities with pending edits
  • [MBS-3684] – Improve sorting of the "Releases with superfluous data tracks" report
  • [MBS-4038] – Let users edit their permissions on test servers
  • [MBS-4063] – Exclude stuff marked Single AND UK from the SeparateDiscs report
  • [MBS-4125] – Sort report for creative commons download relationships
  • [MBS-4476] – Provide indication of non-front cover art
  • [MBS-4493] – ISRCs with multiple recordings: Do something about the DEF05 ISRCs
  • [MBS-4530] – Remove the recordings with CC download relationships report
  • [MBS-4560] – "No votes" failed edit should not fail in silence
  • [MBS-4572] – Open up /artist/ in robots.txt

New Feature

  • [MBS-4551] – Display which git branch is active
  • [MBS-4567] – Use markdown for README and INSTALL
  • [MBS-4576] – Allow for google analytics support
  • [MBS-4590] – Use /doc/About instead of /doc/About_MusicBrainz
  • We’ve also improved cover art support slightly.

Sub-task

  • [MBS-4160] – SoundCloud relationship under the External links section

Server update, 2012-04-10

Sorry for being a week behind on this release, but we’ve just finished pushing out another set of changes. Many thanks to Lukáš Lalinský, Paul Taylor and the rest of the MusicBrainz team for making this release happen! Here’s what we’ve just released:

Bug

  • [MBS-3619] – Statistics page doesn’t validate
  • [MBS-3794] – A "no votes" edits got wrong status "failed vote"
  • [MBS-3834] – Hovering over artist names in "edit medium" tracklist changes does not show the artist sort name
  • [MBS-4082] – Titles including quote marks are truncated when adding from a CD Stub
  • [MBS-4131] – Edits show credited-as name when it’s the same as the artist name
  • [MBS-4183] – Release editor: enters new artist if no radio button selected on ‘add missing entities’ tab
  • [MBS-4314] – Add interface elements to reorder tracks on a tracklist without having to edit the tracknumbers.
  • [MBS-4367] – Current search URLs are broken on the test server
  • [MBS-4418] – beta.mb is unresponsive
  • [MBS-4467] – ws/2/label doesn’t include label comment
  • [MBS-4484] – Limited user can vote on edits
  • [MBS-4500] – ISE: ‘Can’t call method "is_auto_editor"’ when attaching a TOC
  • [MBS-4504] – Set default unknown value for medium.format_name

Improvement

  • [MBS-684] – TOC lookup displays too little release info
  • [MBS-834] – Weird behaviour of the search checkboxes
  • [MBS-1728] – Make ModBot’s edit notes grey again
  • [MBS-1764] – Inconsistent display for merge edits
  • [MBS-2242] – Disable editing of Medium title when there’s only one medium
  • [MBS-2412] – User tags should be sorted
  • [MBS-2867] – RE: "Add n track(s)" should reset to 1
  • [MBS-3171] – Overview and Recording pages need to be able to exclude featured guest spots from display
  • [MBS-3208] – Trim leading/trailing whitespace in release editor prior to Add Missing Entities check
  • [MBS-3398] – Detect "M" in front of track numbers
  • [MBS-3482] – "YouTube Relatiionship Type" needs autofix and doc
  • [MBS-3628] – Prevent people from adding broken Facebook URLs
  • [MBS-4234] – Move Basic search logic from mbserver to searchserver
  • [MBS-4390] – Display disambiguation comments better in tooltips
  • [MBS-4490] – "CD N" in Add disc from existing tracklist is confusing
  • [MBS-4523] – Statistics: Use commas and right-align numbers
  • [MBS-4535] – Make visited links more prominent

New Feature

  • [MBS-3160] – Add view to artist pages that shows release groups/recordings/etc credited to that artist only (solo releases only – exclude collaborations, feat., etc)
  • [MBS-3266] – Allow filtering by artist credit

The Git tag for this release is v-2012-04-10-ngs-bug-fixes.

Search server release: 2012-03-23

Earlier today we switched the latest release of our search server live. Paul says:

In this new release of the search server the basic search will now search more fields and return variations of what you searched such as spelling mistakes and the scoring has also been improved. Advanced search now lets you search for when a field doesn’t exist and you can do exact searches that take accent characters into account using the new accent fields.

We’ve also upgraded to the latest version of Lucene, added a way to see how scores are calculated for results and added integration tests. Hopefully this will all help with future stability.

UPDATE: This code lives in svn and can be found at r13480. I’ve also created this tag.

Thanks for your hard work on this release, Paul. And also thanks to Ollie for taking time to push the server portions of this live today. Here are our release notes:

Bug

  • [SEARCH-168] – Recording Search doesnt consider track duration only recoridng duration
  • [SEARCH-191] – Duplicate qdur values being added to document

Improvement

  • [SEARCH-152] – Update Code to use Lucene 3.5
  • [SEARCH-160] – Searching artist by name and initial(s) is impossible, the initials are useless
  • [SEARCH-163] – Search for exact string, with no accents
  • [SEARCH-166] – Artist search does not always offer the obvious (to a human!) results
  • [SEARCH-170] – Move Basic search logic from mbserver to searchserver
  • [SEARCH-171] – Basic Search should work more like Solr Dismax Parser
  • [SEARCH-173] – Index Catalogos without space
  • [SEARCH-174] – Provide a way to search for empty/non-empty fields
  • [SEARCH-177] – Support for initialize index remotely http://localhost:8080/?init=mmap
  • [SEARCH-188] – Add Integration Tests

New Feature

  • [SEARCH-172] – Make it possible to search for barcode:"[none]"
  • [SEARCH-194] – Add debugging option to be able to get lucene explain for results

Server update 2012-03-19

We’ve just finished pushing out a new server update, that addresses a few minor bugs. We initially planned to roll these changes in with the release of our Cover Art Archive, but sadly this project needs a bit longer. Many thanks to Johannes Weißl, Wieland Hoffman, Ian McEwan and the MusicBrainz team for their work on this release.

Bug

  • [MBS-3897] – Missing space in template for ARs w/disambig
  • [MBS-4291] – Default install looks for compiled js/css.
  • [MBS-4368] – Release editor: track parser is broken
  • [MBS-4383] – Statistics page is showing "Active Last Week" stats twice, leaving out "Edited Last Week"
  • [MBS-4391] – Track parser broken
  • [MBS-4399] – Medium titles not displayed when attaching a discid to a medium
  • [MBS-4403] – DBD::Pg::st execute failed: ERROR: new row for relation "recording" violates check constraint "recording_length_check" at lib/Sql.pm line 396
  • [MBS-4404] – /ws/1 uses the wrong language code
  • [MBS-4407] – Edit artist alias should fail if edited alias is deleted

Improvement

  • [MBS-1363] – Add threading headers to mod note emails
  • [MBS-1473] – Report: unlikely language-script combinations
  • [MBS-3313] – New/old edits wording in edit search is misleading
  • [MBS-4044] – Cleanup Discogs URLs
  • [MBS-4284] – Normalize URL encoding for specific sites

A Git tag will be pushed out later. The commit sha is 03343aa460d1.

Server update 2012-02-27

Sorry for being a whole week behind the scheduled update time! However, we’ve got a huge release here, which will hopefully make up for the delay!

Many thanks to Calvin Walton, Johannes Weißl, Ian McEwen, Michael Wiencek and the MusicBrainz developers for all their work on this release.

Bug

  • [MBS-1818] – UX issues with "Add Disc" feature
  • [MBS-2363] – Release editor: Release Duplicates tab doesn’t keep selection…
  • [MBS-2889] – Advanced tracklist edit: artist field is disabled by default for multi-disc VA releases
  • [MBS-2967] – Newly created artist not displayed in edit notes diff when changing release artist
  • [MBS-3027] – License attribute isn’t hidden when the relationship type is automatically changed
  • [MBS-3290] – User:Whatever links in /doc/ should point to wiki
  • [MBS-3659] – Can’t call method "statistic_names" on an undefined value
  • [MBS-3776] – YouTube Streaming autoselect doesn’t load the attribute
  • [MBS-4010] – Duplicate artist credits
  • [MBS-4043] – URL relationship type description not updating
  • [MBS-4133] – Internal server error editing recording
  • [MBS-4141] – "Add missing entities" tab breaks if you have to add a new label and have an existing artist
  • [MBS-4213] – Internal Server Error when adding a new release (Validation failed for ‘Maybe[Int]’ with value 22439.2)
  • [MBS-4269] – Wrong expansion for youtu.be URLs
  • [MBS-4280] – Translation.pm doesn’t check that $msgid is defined before regexing it
  • [MBS-4285] – Empty title returned instead of "0"
  • [MBS-4287] – Artist Country condition doesn’t load on edit search
  • [MBS-4288] – Recording tab in the RE no longer shows track ACs
  • [MBS-4290] – Regression on javascript inline search’s keyboard events
  • [MBS-4292] – License problem with excanvas.js
  • [MBS-4293] – "Get wiki versions" on transclusion table does nothing
  • [MBS-4295] – FreeDB importing chokes on double quotes
  • [MBS-4297] – Amazon referrer stuff not included in sidebar links
  • [MBS-4311] – Sort unlinked pseudo-releases report
  • [MBS-4333] – Release editor > Importing from CDStubs is broken
  • [MBS-4351] – URL Relations with ampersands in the URL aren’t being escaped in XML returned by the WebService API
  • [MBS-4352] – JS URL cleanup for recording licenses

Improvement

  • [MBS-942] – Link back to editor’s collections on the collection page
  • [MBS-1389] – Accept "X.XX" track times
  • [MBS-1435] – Show ISRC / ISWC in normal search
  • [MBS-1657] – "Change vote + add note" in edit page
  • [MBS-1961] – Display more information on "merge work" edits
  • [MBS-2086] – Aliases: separate localised aliases from other aliases
  • [MBS-2120] – Track parser needs to understand – (en dash) as an artist/title separator
  • [MBS-2392] – Track artist {credits} not shown on CD lookup
  • [MBS-2573] – Make add alias default to the current name
  • [MBS-2808] – Annotation wiki formatting syntax help is missing
  • [MBS-2957] – Hide duplicate labels and cat#s in recording / RG views
  • [MBS-3371] – Report: releases with non-consecutive medium numbers
  • [MBS-3398] – Detect "M" in front of track numbers
  • [MBS-3737] – Change the colour of the artist names on the advanced tracklist
  • [MBS-4044] – Cleanup Discogs URLs
  • [MBS-4135] – Display collection owner in release page’s collection tab
  • [MBS-4262] – gzipping of dynamic content could use extension to javascript and JSON
  • [MBS-4332] – "Add medium" edit display: Release and position fields should be at top rather than at bottom

New Feature

  • [MBS-3938] – Add a report to show artists that may have disambiguation strings in the artist name
  • [MBS-4081] – Report: pseudo-releases without transl*tion relationships
  • [MBS-4362] – Report: Recordings with Creative Commons Download relationships

Task

  • [MBS-2836] – Trim annotations in database
  • [MBS-3416] – Automatically delete release annotations that consist only of white space

A Git tag should be live later, but the commit is b5f45992a24bf.

Server Update, 2012-02-06

We just finished pushing out an update last night, and sadly it didn’t go particularly smoothly. As part of ongoing efforts to try and fix the release editor, we temporarily made everything worse and ended up losing quite a lot of session data. I’m profusely sorry that this didn’t go better! We think things are stable again now though, so if you do see any bugs that you haven’t encountered before, please do make sure to let us know over at the bug tracker. Other than that, there were quite a few internal changes to our production setup in this release – we moved to a more modern Plack based setup and used our recent Carton packaging work. Here are the other bugs that got fixed. Thanks to Ian McEwan and Michael Wiencek for helping make this release happen!

Bug

  • [MBS-2112] – Using space as join word between two artists in a credit ends up with no space between them
  • [MBS-3677] – Recording page doesn’t highlight releases with pending edits or show disambiguation comments
  • [MBS-3949] – Lookup box not working on work-URL form
  • [MBS-4248] – Timeline graph doesn’t work due to poorly-escaped strings in JS
  • [MBS-3680] – Error 502 Bad Gateway loading certain releases from the webservice

Improvement

  • [MBS-343] – Lookup by MBID in inline searches
  • [MBS-4273] – WS should use ETags in order to save clients bandwidth (and us too)

New Feature

  • [MBS-4210] – Use separate robots.txt for staging and production servers

Task

  • [MBS-4189] – Display language zxx ("No linguistic content") in release editor form

Server update, 2012-01-26

We’ve just pushed out the last MusicBrainz web server update out for this month. Here are the bugs we’ve squashed, and the new features and improvements that have been added. As always, keep helping out with scheduling at the scheduling game, and we’ll do our best to get the important things fixed as soon as we can! Thanks to Ian McEwan, Lukáš Lalinský, Calvin Walton, Johannes Weißl and the MusicBrainz developers for their work on this update.

Bug

  • [MBS-2690] – Release editor reports incorrect "Reorder mediums" edits
  • [MBS-3692] – Cover image from amazon.es is not displayed
  • [MBS-3798] – Cover art not working for amazon.cn
  • [MBS-4040] – "Add URL relationship" doesn’t autodetect YouTube channel URLs
  • [MBS-4150] – Edit recording edits include artist credits even when they didn’t change
  • [MBS-4174] – Changes to track times don’t allow to propagate to recordings
  • [MBS-4177] – Don’t add "musicbrainz" to the search path for tests
  • [MBS-4181] – Date field doesn’t display nice error message
  • [MBS-4184] – label releases list sorted wrong
  • [MBS-4185] – Release Editor should not offer to update recordings when creating new ones
  • [MBS-4198] – "Link type" in edit search should be "relationship type"
  • [MBS-4199] – Search criteria when searching edits by relationship type breaks after initial search
  • [MBS-4202] – The "Merge releases and recordings" recording diff always thinks artists are different
  • [MBS-4211] – Copy all track changes crashes with new recordings
  • [MBS-4222] – When merging releases, I’m asked to pick a "work"
  • [MBS-4231] – JS URL cleanup recognizes more URLs than it should

Improvement

  • [MBS-2037] – Unify all references to memcached servers in lib/DBDefs.
  • [MBS-2799] – RE: Add the option to indicate a release has no barcode
  • [MBS-4178] – Languages/Scripts statistics page should exclude unused/unavailable items
  • [MBS-4182] – Add RDFa attribute for artist IPI codes
  • [MBS-4187] – Display language and script statistics next to each other
  • [MBS-4191] – Stop auto-transcluding the Proposal namespace in wikidocs
  • [MBS-4195] – Improve Google descriptions
  • [MBS-4243] – Use EWMA to smooth rate of change statistics graphs
  • [MBS-4247] – Clarify language/script statistics to explain why some languages/scripts aren’t visible

New Feature

  • [MBS-3273] – Avoid memcached clashing when running in shared environments
  • [MBS-4244] – Add medium format distribution statistics
  • [MBS-4245] – Add release format distribution statistics
  • [MBS-4246] – Add artist credit distribution statistics

The tag for this release is v-2012-01-26-ngs-bug-fixes.