Fedora and EPEL users who use fpaste to paste and share snippets of text might have noticed some changes recently. Recently, an update went out which sends pastes made by fpaste to the CentOS Pastebin instead of the Modern Paste instance that Fedora was running. Don’t fear — this was an intentional change, and is part of the effort to lower the workload within the Fedora Infrastructure and Community Platform Engineering teams. Keep reading to learn more about what’s happening with pastebin and your pastes.
About the service
A pastebin lets you save text on a website for a length of time. This helps you exchange data easily with other users. For example, you can post error messages for help with a bug or other issue.
The CentOS Pastebin is a community-maintained service that keeps pastes around for up to 24 hours. It also offers syntax highlighting for a large number of programming and markup languages.
As before, you can paste files:
$ fpaste sql/010.add_owner_ip_index.sql Uploading (0.1KiB)... https://paste.centos.org/view/6ee941cc
…or command output…
$ rpm -ql python3 | fpaste Uploading (0.7KiB)... https://paste.centos.org/view/44945a99
…or system information:
$ fpaste --sysinfo Gathering system info .............Uploading (8.1KiB)... https://paste.centos.org/view/8d5bb827
What to expect from Pastebin
On December 1st, 2019, Fedora Infrastructure will turn off its Modern Paste servers. It will then redirect fpaste.org, www.fpaste.org, and paste.fedoraproject.org to paste.centos.org.
If you notice any issues with fpaste, first try updating your fpaste package. On Fedora use this command:
$ dnf update fpaste
Or, on machines that use the EPEL repository, use this command:
$ yum update fpaste
If you still run into issues, please file a bug on the fpaste issue tracker, and please be as detailed as possible. Happy pasting!