17. How to

17.1. Run security checks for dependencies

You can run the crontabber job that checks for security vulnerabilities locally:

make dockerdependencycheck

17.2. Connect to PostgreSQL Database

The local development environment’s PostgreSQL database exposes itself on a non-standard port when run with docker-compose. You can connect to it with the client of your choice using the following connection settings:

  • Username: postgres
  • Password: aPassword
  • Port: 8574

17.3. Reprocess crashes

17.3.1. Reprocessing individual crashes

If you have appropriate permissions, you can reprocess an individual crash by viewing the crash report on the Crash Stats site, clicking on the “Reprocess” tab, and clicking on the “Reprocess this crash” button.

17.3.2. Reprocessing lots of crashes if you’re not an admin

If you need to reprocess a lot of crashes, please write up a bug. In the bug description, include a Super Search url with the crashes you want reprocessed.

17.3.3. Reprocessing crashes if you’re an admin

If you’re an admin, you can create an API token with the “Reprocess Crashes” permission. You can use this token in conjunction with the scripts/reprocess.py script to set crashes up for reprocessing.

For example, this reprocesses a single crash:

$ docker-compose run processor bash
app@processor:app$ ./scripts/reprocess.py c2815fd1-e87b-45e9-9630-765060180110

This reprocesses crashes all crashes with a specified signature:

$ docker-compose run processor bash
app@processor:app$ ./scripts/fetch_crashids.py --signature="some | signature" | ./scripts/reprocess.py


If you’re reprocessing more than 10,000 crashes, make sure to add a sleep argument of 10 seconds (--sleep 10). This will slow down adding items to the reprocessing queue such that the rate of crashes being added is roughly the rate of crashes being processed. Otherwise, you’ll exceed our alert triggers for queue sizes and it’ll page people.


August 17th, 2017: Everything below this point is outdated.

17.4. Populate PostgreSQL Database

Load Socorro schema plus test products:

socorro setupdb --database_name=breakpad --createdb

17.5. Create partitioned tables

Normally this is handled automatically by the cronjob scheduler crontabber but can be run as a one-off:

python socorro/cron/crontabber_app.py --job=weekly-reports-partitions --force

17.6. Populate Elasticsearch database


See the chapter about Elasticsearch for more information.

Once you have populated your PostgreSQL database with “fake data”, you can migrate that data into Elasticsearch:

python socorro/external/postgresql/crash_migration_app.py

17.7. Sync Django database

Django needs to write its ORM tables:

export SECRET_KEY="..."
cd webapp-django
./manage.py migrate auth
./manage.py migrate

17.8. Adding new products and releases

Each product you wish to have reports on must be added via the Socorro admin UI:


All products must have one or more releases:


Make sure to restart memcached so you see your changes right away:

sudo systemctl restart memcached

Now go to the front page for your application. For example, if your application was named “KillerApp” then it will appear at: