User hooks: The problem with user functions was that they are an "update".
Sometimes you need arbitrary read access to the database, or you don't even know if you're going to read or write before you see the data. User hooks cater for these needs.
You could even roll your own protocol inside a user hook. User hooks will require more comfort and that's why we opened up some libraries in the arakoon client lib.
Llio gets more functionality.
Arakoon Client lib:
while developing 1.8 we merged through all maintenance updates from the 1.7 branch.
Changes since Arakoon 1.7.3 include:
--unsafe-close-tlogto the cli to make closing a tlog a bit easier (#481, #487)
Changes since 1.6.13 include: