[IPython-User] Advice on running a server with multiple users

Benjie Chen benjie@ginkgobioworks....
Fri Aug 24 15:23:40 CDT 2012


We may have an active user base here needing multiple user support, so
can you let me know what we can do to help? I'd love to see/test some
early user authentication mechanisms. Also, is there a list of
milestones drawn out on how this would work? Is this the place to
discuss details?

>From what I understand you described, each user will get a separate
git backed directory. The notebooks are checked into one repo. I see
two possible UX, not sure if your ideas map onto either of these. One
UX is user checks out the entire repo, work on user's own notebooks,
and commit and push. Not sure how you resolve conflicts, especially
with the way the notebook is stored as a JSON. The second UX is user
browse master copies from the repo, like browsing on github, and can
view static copies of notebooks. When they want to open one for
editing, they check that one out, work on it, and check that one back
in. Then you can either prevent multiple users from checking out the
same copy, or allow them to do so if there are merge algorithms that
would work for the notebooks. This second one here is more rcs then

Basically, eager to help but not sure how we can.



On Fri, Aug 24, 2012 at 3:20 PM, Matthias BUSSONNIER
<bussonniermatthias@gmail.com> wrote:
> Le 24 août 2012 à 20:58, Benjie Chen a écrit :
>> Hi,
>> I am running an iPython server with multiple users. We are running
>> into this problem where it's fairly easy for users to open the same
>> notebook, thereby stepping on each other's kernel. What's the current
>> advice for handling this?
> There is good mechanism right now to deal with this, except running one server per user.
> The notebook server has no notion of user. The easiest that could be done is detect if web socket are
> already connected and send a warning that the same notebook might already be opened from elsewhere.
>> And what features may be coming in the near
>> and long term dealing with this issue?
> We have multiuser login/collaboration as short term plan, but this is still **a lot** of work.
> The target is something like google docs with a per cell lock, but we are a long way to that
>> For example, I can envision that if user authentication is supported
>> (is it?),
> Only password for now, there is no notion of ID.
>> then a notebook can have multiple kernels,
> That won't happend
> 1 notebook - 1 kernel we are pretty inflexible on that.
> people will have to fork the ipynb file.
> like you fork a repo an github.
>> each kernel
>> belong to a user. A user can only enter his/her own kernel, but can
>> enter readonly mode of other kernels.
> that will be the first step in collaboration yes, you will be able to see a static view of the **notebook**.
>> Warnings are given when user
>> opens a new kernel on a notebook that already exists an active kernel,
>> so they know the danger of overwriting each other's changes.
> Each user will have access to it's folder, you will never work on the same file, unless you have a live collaboration.
> In the end you should never have the same file opened in 2 pages with difference state.
>> Thanks,
> We hope to be able to offer you multi user soon, and we always welcome people helping, don't hesitate !
> I hope I answered your questions.
> --
> Matthias
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