The Director website management platform

Director, also known as web3, is a website management interface for student and activity websites. It was created during the 2016-17 school year, and is currently used by many of the web application development classes.

The application was created to provide a secure, beginner friendly, and highly customizable website hosting platform. To achieve this goal, many features, including a web terminal and online editor, were implemented. The project has been completely student-built, and was the senior research project of Eric Wang (class of 2017).

The contact person for Director is the Director Lead.

Director is undergoing a rewrite.

Technologies Used

  • Python

  • Django

  • PostgreSQL

  • nss-pgsql

  • NFS

Server Configuration

Director currently runs on sirius. It currently requires a minimum of 8 GB of RAM due to all of the sites that are running on it.

Director uses openldap1 to retrieve user IDs and virtual machines run on deneb.

Director uses postgres1 and mysql1 for databases.

Director Path

  • /usr/local/www/director/

Director Configuration Files

  • /etc/nginx/nginx.conf

    • Sites: /etc/nginx/director.d/*

  • /etc/supervisor/supervisord.conf

    • Sites: /etc/supervisor/director.d/*

  • /etc/php/7.0/fpm/php-fpm.conf

    • Sites: /etc/php/7.0/fpm/pool.d/*

Log/Backup Files

  • /var/log/nginx/

    • Access log - access.log, access.log.X, access.log.X.gz

    • Error log - error.log, error.log.X, error.log.X.gz

  • /var/log/supervisor/

    • Django Server: director.log

    • Node.js Server: directornode.log

    • GitHub Deploy Hook: directorgithook.log

  • /usr/local/db_backups

    • Format backupYYYYMMDD.sql.xz

    • Monthly backups of database

    • Run under a crontab with the postgres user

Other Configuration Files

  • /etc/security/limits.conf

    • @director hard nproc 100 - Limit all sites to a maximum of 100 processes.

    • @director hard as 4000000 - Limit all site processes to a maximum of 4G memory.

  • /web

    • NFS share, mounted on ras under /web # This does not exist atm

    • Kerberos Authentication

    • /etc/exports - NFS Server Configuration

Installed Software

apt-get install -y sshpass
apt-get install -y htop tmux screen git at
apt-get install -y sqlite3
curl -sL []( | sudo -E bash -
apt-get install -y nodejs npm
apt-get install -y golang-go
apt-get install -y ruby-full
apt-get install -y php7.0-mbstring php7.0-xml php7.0-mysql php7.0-pgsql php7.0-sqlite php7.0-gd php7.0-ldap php7.0-curl php7.0-mcrypt php7.0-zip composer
apt-get install -y default-jdk default-jre scala
apt-get install -y python-pip python3-pip
apt-get install -y imagemagick
apt-get install -y haskell-platform
apt-get install -y mysql-client
pip install Flask Django requests numpy
pip3 install Flask Django requests numpy
npm install -g pm2
  • OpenCV

  • MediaWiki Parsoid

  • Certbot

External Links


Director is undergoing a rewrite. For information and learn how to help, join #director or contact the Director Lead.