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Freenet Utility Scripts

See freenetrc-sample for script configuration.

Anything which is useful for the development of freenet, which isn't an app, a plugin, or part of Freenet itself.

Obviously the actual private keys etc won't be included...

Note that some of these scripts are supposed to run as different users:

  • Most stuff involved in releasing a build is on one user.
  • Some of it is on a different user.
  • grabbackup is on a third user (which is just used for backups).

You will also need ssh access to osprey.

Verifying Fred builds

Currently the official builds are made using Debian Wheezy, and verify-build verifies only freenet.jar. It does not verify freenet-ext, libraries, source archives, or installers. lib-pyFreenet is used for fcpget to fetch and verify the freenet.jar inserted into Freenet.

# apt-get install git-core python openjdk-7-jdk ant unzip
$ git clone git://
$ git clone git://
$ git clone git://
$ cp scripts/freenetrc-sample ~/.freenetrc
$ scripts/set-freenetrc-base
$ mkdir -p FreenetReleased/dependencies
$ wget -O FreenetReleased/freenet-ext.jar
$ wget -O FreenetReleased/dependencies/bcprov-jdk15on-154.jar
$ wget -O freenetkeys.gpg
$ gpg --import freenetkeys.gpg
$ cd lib-pyFreenet
# python install

Now everything should be installed and sufficiently configured. Make sure a Freenet node is accessible by FCP.

$ cd ../scripts
$ ./verify-build

Merging localization files

The MergeSFS utility is in the Fred source tree: src/freenet/tools/

java -cp freenet.jar src/freenet/node/l10n/

This will write the changes in the override file to the source file. To write the merged values to standard output instead, use --stdout as the third argument.

Releasing plugins

Ensure that the plugin is at a signed version tag. Run release-plugin [plugin name]. This requires that there is a repository of that plugin (or a link to one) at $freenetRoot/plugin-[plugin name]. Update the key in the plugin manager, and test that the plugin loads correctly. Do not increment the mandatory version for connection-essential plugins like UPnP: they will not be loaded and the new version cannot be fetched without a connection.

Sign the commit that upates the key (--gpg-sign) and mention the tag the plugin is built from:

Update $pluginName to $tag

Built from the tag $tag. ...

Releasing testing Freenet builds

Insert the jar to a USK an edition beyond the build number being upgraded from. This can mean inserting as an SSK: SSK@.../testing-jar-editionNumber+1 Set the auto-update key in Configuration > Auto-update in advanced mode to USK@.../testing-jar/editionNumber and restart the node to apply the setting.

Releasing stable Freenet builds

To upload things to the FPI webserver requires SSH access and membership (usermod -aG [group] [user]) in the www-downloads and www-freenet-website groups.

To set up a release environment, set up freenetrc, then (read through and) run setup-release-environment. This will install required packages (under Debian Wheezy), clone the repositories, and download the IP to country database. This should be kept up to date - maybe a cronjob would be good. Note that this should not be at the start of an hour lest their server be overwhelmed.

Performing a release requires:

  • push access to fred

  • SSH access to the FPI webserver. (Osprey) Take care to set a host ~/.ssh/config entry if you need a different username.

  • (Encrypted) auto-update insert key at the location set in insertKeys in freenetrc. This should contain NEWKEY=SSK@...,...,... (bare SSK - no name or trailing slash. Surrounding the value with double quotes is optional.)

  • A published gpg keypair.

  • A copy of the seedrefs directory from another release manager. (If updating seednodes.fref)

  • Dependencies such as plugins either built or downloaded, (listing of loadedFrom() CHKs) into FreenetReleased. Repositories using these files can be set up with symlinks.

  • A GitHub OAuth token with public_repo access set in ~/.freenetrc under gitHubOAuthToken.

  • A jarsigner certificate. This can be a self-signed one, though once (or if) one exists for FPI one should use it. See here. For example: keytool -genkeypair -keyalg RSA -sigalg SHA256withRSA -keysize 4096 -dname "cn=Robert Releaserson, o=The Freenet Project Inc, c=US" -alias freenet -storepass SomePassphrase -validity 365 -keystore ~/.keystore

  • Set freenetrc jarsignerAlias and jarsignerPassword to the alias and store passphrase, respectively.

  • For the Java installer: launch4j (3.0.2 as of this writing) as lib/launch4j, and IzPack 4's standalone-compiler.jar in lib/.

  • For the Windows installer: see the list in the header of build.cmd, though release-wininstaller assumes locations in FreenetReleased/ and FreenetReleased/dependencies. In the case of configuration problems or prompts it might be useful to also install xnest and run release-wininstaller --dry-run --xnest first.

  • The FPI code signing certificate set up as though with

    keytool -importkeystore -srckeystore code-signing.p12 -srcstoretype pkcs12 -srcalias "freenet project inc's comodo ca limited id" -destkeystore ~/.gnupg/freenet/code-signing/code-signing.jks -deststoretype jks -destalias freenet -destkeypass "password"

The node that updates are inserted on cannot be set to log heavily, lest the update insert key be leaked into logs. freenetrc defaults to using port 9481 for inserting updates under the assumption that the newly installed testing node is on the port. If it is a node with heavy logging, change fcpUpdatePort. TODO: The more thorough solution to this would be to check that the logging level is sufficiently low over FCP.

Also take care that the unencrypted key is not written to disk - disable swap (or have it encrypted with a random key) and mount /tmp on tmpfs.

To test auto-updating, useful while setting things up:

  1. Set up a node of the previous version. (The new one is the one being deployed currently.)
  2. Set the FCP port to the expected one.
  3. Make the update insert to local storage at higher priority for speed: Include LocalRequestOnly=true and the line before PCLASS is used set it to 0.
  4. Generate a new SSK keypair.
  5. Set up a configuration file with the insert URI.
  6. Set the node's autoupdate source to USK@ssk,contents,.../build number
  7. Restart the node.
  8. Run the insert-update script.
  9. The node should find, download, verify, and apply the update.

Ensure the fred, scripts, website, Java installer, and Windows installer repositories are up to date before starting the release. Ensure the bundled plugins in the FreenetReleased (or equivalent) directory are up to date as well.

The first release with an environment, run these steps individually to get all the configuration right. Once everything works, run release-build [build number], which automates running these steps:

  1. update-bookmarks updates the default bookmark editions and commits if any changes have been made.

  2. update-version updates the version number, and prompts for and updates the mandatory dates if applicable.

  3. tag-build [build number] tags a build and prompts for a changelog.

  4. release-fred builds the Fred jar and source archive, signs them, creates l10n diffs, and uploads all to osprey. If used with --snapshot inserts the Fred jar and signature into Freenet.

  5. release-installer builds the Linux/OS X installer and uploads it to osprey.

  6. release-wininstaller builds the Windows installer and uploads it to osprey.

  7. java -jar [location of released jars]/new_installer_offline_[buildnumber].jar runs an installer. The release manager should test installing a node both with the Linux / OS X installer and the Windows one. It should be able to bootstrap successfully, access FProxy, and otherwise have no obvious problems.

  8. upload-assets uploads the jars and installers to GitHub which serves the majority of downloads.

  9. deploy-website, when run from osprey, updates the website to point to the latest version as defined by the given fred repository. The script's -u switch updates both fred and website, so if one wants to avoid pulling in website changes as well it may be preferable to manually update the fred repository only, or use the --force-*-id options.

  10. insert-update inserts the jars over FCP. This is intended to be the test node which was installed by testing the installer as above. This is so that a development node which may have heavy logging does not leak the keys into the logs.

  11. Once the inserts have completed announce the release: FMS, IRC (including the channel topic), devl, support, website, Wikipedia article.