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*2.2.0* February 27, 2008
* Fix git submodule support to init on sync [halorgium]
* Add alternative server-centric role definition method [James Duncan Davidson]
* Add support for password prompts from the Mercurial SCM [ches]
* Add support for :max_hosts option in task definition or run() [Rob Holland <>]
* Distributed git support for better operability with remote_cache strategy [voidlock]
* Use a default line length in help text if line length is otherwise too small [Jamis Buck]
* Fix incorrect reference to the 'setup' task in task documentation [rajeshduggal]
* Don't try to kill the spawner process on deploy:stop if no spawner process exists [Jamis Buck]
* Dynamic roles (e.g. role(:app) { "" }) [dmasover]
* Implement Bzr#next_revision so that pending changes can be reported correctly [casret]
* Use a proper export command for bzr SCM [drudru]
* Use checkout instead of merge for git SCM [nuttycom]
* Fix typo in Subversion SCM module, encountered when an update fails [kemiller]
* Fix documentation typo in upload.rb [evolving_jerk]
* Added test case to show that the :scm_command is honored by the git SCM module [grempe]
* Fail gracefully when double-colons are used to delimit namespaces [richie]
* Add support for :git_enable_submodules variable, to enable submodules with the git SCM [halorgium]
* If subversion asks for a password, prompt as a last resort [Jamis Buck]
* Use checkout --lightweight for bzr checkout, instead of branch [michiels]
* Make sure bzr SCM works when revision is head (or unspecified) [michiels]
* Support p4sync_flags and p4client_root variables for Perforce [gseidman]
* Prepare for Net::SSH v2 by making sure Capistrano only tries to load Net::SSH versions less than 1.99.0 [Jamis Buck]
*2.1.0* October 14, 2007
* Default to 0664 instead of 0660 on upload [Jamis Buck]
* Fix deploy:pending to query SCM for the subsequent revision so that it does not include the last deployed change [Jamis Buck]
* Prefer 'Last Changed Rev' over 'Revision' when querying latest revision via Subversion [Jamis Buck]
* Explicitly require 'stringio' in copy_test [mislav]
* When Subversion#query_revision fails, give a more sane error [Jamis Buck]
* Don't run the upgrade:revisions task on non-release servers [Jamis Buck]
* Fix cap shell to properly recognize sudo prompt [Mark Imbriaco, barnaby, Jamis Buck]
* Git SCM module [Garry Dolley, Geoffrey Grosenbach, Scott Chacon]
* Use the --password switch for subversion by default, but add :scm_prefer_prompt variable (defaults to false) [Jamis Buck]
*2.0.100 (2.1 Preview 1)* September 1, 2007
* capify-generated Capfile will autoload all recipes from vendor/plugins/*/recipes/*.rb [Graeme Mathieson]
* Use sudo -p switch to set sudo password prompt to something predictable [Mike Bailey]
* Allow independent configurations to require the same recipe file [Jamis Buck]
* Set :shell to false to run a command without wrapping it in "sh -c" [Jamis Buck]
* Don't request a pty by default [Jamis Buck]
* Add a "match" remote dependency method [Adam Greene]
* Allow auth-caching of subversion credentials to be enabled via :scm_auth_cache [tsmith]
* Don't let a task trigger itself when used as the source for an "on" hook [Jamis Buck]
* Avoid using the --password switch with subversion for security purposes [sentinel]
* Add version_dir, current_dir, and shared_dir variables for naming the directories used in deployment [drinkingbird]
* Use Windows-safe binary reads for reading file contents [Ladislav Martincik]
* Add Accurev SCM support [Doug Barth]
* Use the :runner variable to determine who to sudo as for deploy:restart [Graham Ashton]
* Add Namespaces#top to always return a reference to the topmost namespace [Jamis Buck]
* Change the "-h" output so that it does not say that "-q" is the default [Jamis Buck]
*2.0.0* July 21, 2007
* Make the "no matching servers" error more sane [halorgium]
* Make sure the invoke task gives a sane error when the COMMAND value is omitted [halorgium]
* Make sure variables are conditionally set in the deploy recipes, so as not to clobber values set elsewhere [Jamis Buck]
* Fix "input stream is empty" errors from HighLine on prompt [Jamis Buck]
* Added "synchronous_connect" setting to try and work around SFTP hangs for certain users [Jamis Buck]
* Auto-require the SSH shell service, to avoid race conditions [Jamis Buck]
* Add a millisecond sleep in upload to reduce CPU impact [Jamis Buck]
* Allow the logger to be set via Configuration#logger= [Jamis Buck]
* Allow $CAPISTRANO:HOST$ to be used in filenames to the put command [Jamis Buck]
* Allow execute_on_servers to be called without a current task again [Jamis Buck]
* Put $stdout in sync mode, so that Net::SSH prompts are displayed [Jamis Buck]
* Make sure deploy:check aborts if it fails [Jamis Buck]
* Spelling corrections in docs [Tim Carey-Smith, Giles Bowkett]
*1.99.3 (2.0 Preview 4)* June 28, 2007
* Don't break task descriptions on a period that appears in the middle of a sentence [Jamis Buck]
* Added support for :on_error => :continue in task definitions, allowing tasks to effectively ignore connection and execution errors that occur as they run [Rob Holland]
* Use correct parameters for Logger constructor in the SCM and Strategy base initializers [Jamis Buck]
* Set LC_ALL=C before querying the revision, to make sure the output is in a predictable locale and can be parsed predictably [via Leandro Nunes dos Santos]
* Add :copy_remote_dir variable for the :copy strategy, to indicate where the archive should be copied to on the remote servers [Jamis Buck]
* Make the awk use in the dependencies code work with POSIX awk [mcornick]
* Make variable accesses thread safe [via Adrian Danieli]
* Make user input for yes/no prompts work correctly in the Mercurial module [Matthew Elder]
* Use single quotes to escape semicolon in find command, instead of a backslash [via]
* Better quoting of reserved characters in commands [Jamis Buck]
* Make sure Net::SSH versions prior to 1.1.0 still work [Jamis Buck]
* Allow the :hosts and :roles keys to accept lambdas, which will be evaluated lazily to allow runtime selection of hosts and roles in tasks [Jamis Buck]
* Use `which' to test whether a command exists in the remote path, instead of `test -p' [Jamis Buck]
* Make sure the connection factory is established synchronously, to avoid multiple gateway instances being spawned [Jamis Buck]
* Make sure symlink and finalize_update tasks reference the most recent release when called by themselves [Jamis Buck]
*1.99.2 (2.0 Preview 3)* June 15, 2007
* CVS SCM module [Brian Phillips]
* Fix typo in Perforce SCM module [Chris Bailey]
* ssh_options < server options when connecting [Jamis Buck]
* Logger defaults to $stderr instead of STDERR [lhartley]
* Use cp -RPp instead of -a in the remote cache strategy
* Make the UploadError exception include an array of the hosts that failed []
* Allow "empty" roles to be declared [Jamis Buck]
* Mercurial SCM module [Tobias Luetke, Matthew Elder]
* Invoke all commands via sh (customizable via :default_shell) [Jamis Buck]
* Make sure all directories exist on each deploy which are necessary for subsequent commands to succeed, since some SCM's won't save empty directories [Matthew Elder]
* Add :default_environment variable, which is applied to every command
*1.99.1 (2.0 Preview 2)* May 10, 2007
* Fix some documentation typos [eventualbuddha]
* Don't retry failed connections if an explicit auth_methods list is given [Chris Farms]
* Added support for load and exit callbacks, which get invoked when all recipes have been loaded and when all requested tasks have been executed [Jamis Buck]
* Added support for start and finish callbacks, which get invoked when any task is called via the command-line [Jamis Buck]
* Make `capify' understand simple command-line switches [Jamis Buck]
* Make the server definition itself available to SSH channels, rather than just the host name [Jamis Buck]
* Identify servers by their complete credentials in logs, rather than simply by hostname [Jamis Buck]
* Uniquely identify servers based on hostname, port, and username, instead of merely on hostname [Jamis Buck]
* Allow (e.g.) scm_command and local_scm_command to be set in the event of different paths to the scm command on local vs. remote hosts. [Jamis Buck]
* Kill the "deploy:app" namespace and move those tasks into deploy, directly. [Jamis Buck]
* Make sure 'desc' applies to the next defined task, in any namespace. [Jamis Buck]
* Fix shell so that servers for a task are correctly discovered. [Jamis Buck]
* Added before(), after(), and on() callback creation methods. [Jamis Buck]
* Fix broken check! method for some deployment strategies. [Jamis Buck]
* deploy:cold should also run migrations before starting the app [Jamis Buck]
* Make the copy strategy check out to a temporary directory [Jamis Buck]
*1.99.0 (2.0 Preview 1)* April 24, 2007
* Add `capify' script to make it easier to prepare a project for deployment using cap [Jamis Buck]
* Make sure the sudo helper understands the SuSE dialect of the sudo password prompt [Steven Wisener]
* Fix synchronization issue with Gateway initialization [Doug Barth]
* Added opt-in "compat" and "upgrade" recipes for tasks to aid in the upgrade process to Capistrano 2 [Jamis Buck]
* The deployment recipes are now opt-in. Just do 'load "deploy"' in your recipe script. [Jamis Buck]
* Added $CAPISTRANO:HOST$ placeholder in commands, which will be replaced with the name of the host on which the command is executing [Jamis Buck]
* Added -e switch to explain specific task. Added -X to extend -x. Made -h much briefer. Added -T to list known tasks. [Jamis Buck]
* Added namespaces for tasks [Jamis Buck]
* Merged the Configuration and Actor classes, performed various other massive refactorings of the code [Jamis Buck]
*1.4.1* (February 24, 2007)
* Use the no-auth-cache option with subversion so that username/password tokens do not get cached by capistrano usage [jonathan]
* Deprecated upper-cased variables [Jamis Buck]
* Make sure Actor#get does not close the SFTP channel (so subsequent SFTP operations work) [Dov Murik]
* Add :env option to 'run' (and friends) so that you can specify environment variables to be injected into the new process' environment [Mathieu Lajugie]
*1.4.0* (February 3, 2007)
* Use the auth info for subversion more consistently [Jamis Buck]
* Add a "capture" helper, for capturing the stdout of a remote command and returning it as a string [Jamis Buck]
* Add a "get" helper, to pull a file from a remote server to the localhost [bmihelac]
* Fix gateway to actually increment local_port if a port is in use, so that multiple capistrano instances can run at the same time [Mark Imbriaco]
* Refactor the permissions tweaking in update_code to a separate task so that people on shared hosts can override it as necessary [jaw6]
* Set umask during the setup task, so that intermediate directories are created with the proper permissions [NeilW]
* Removed -c/--caprc switch, since the new load order renders it meaningless (just use -f now) [Mike Bailey]
* Make sure the standard recipe loads first, so that .caprc and friends can override what it defines. [Mike Bailey]
* Add support for a system-wide capistrano config file [Mike Bailey]
* Make cold_deploy call update instead of deploy (to avoid invoking the restart task).
* Make the touch command run by update_code set the TZ to UTC, for consistent setting of asset timestamps. [NeilW]
* Fix off-by-one bug in show_tasks width-computation [NeilW]
*1.3.1* (January 5, 2007)
* Fix connection problems when using gateways [Ezra Zygmuntowicz]
*1.3.0* (December 23, 2006)
* Deprecate rake integration in favor of invoking `cap' directly [Jamis Buck]
* Make sure the CVS module references the repository explicitly in cvs_log []
* Remove trace messages when loading a file [Jamis Buck]
* Cleaner error messages for authentication failures and command errors [Jamis Buck]
* Added support for ~/.caprc, also -x and -c switches. [Jamis Buck]
* Updated migrate action to use db:migrate task in Rails instead of the deprecated migrate task [DHH]
* Allow SSH user and port to be encoded in the hostname strings [Ezra Zygmuntowicz]
* Fixed that new checkouts were not group-writable [DHH, Jamis Buck]
* Fixed that cap setup would use 755 on the deploy_to and shared directory roots instead of 775 [DHH]
* Don't run the cleanup task on servers marked no_release [Jamis Buck]
* Fix typo in default_io_proc so it correctly checks the stream parameter to see if it is the error stream [Stephen Haberman]
* Make sure assets in images, javascripts, and stylesheets are touched after updating the code, to ensure the asset timestamping feature of rails works correctly [Jamis Buck]
* Added warning if password is prompted for and termios is not installed [John Labovitz]
* Added :as option to sudo, so you can specify who the command is executed as [Mark Imbriaco]
*1.2.0* (September 14, 2006)
* Add experimental 'shell' task [Jamis Buck]
* Display file for external configurations, rather than inspected proc. [Jamis Buck]
* Connect to multiple servers in parallel, rather than serially. [Jamis Buck]
* Add SCM module for Mercurial (closes #4150) [Matthew Elder]
* Remove unused line in SCM::Base (closes #5619) []
* More efficient "svn log" usage (closes #5620) [Anatol Pomozov]
* Better support for key passphrases in the SVN module (closes #5920) []
* Fix missing default for :local in cvs.rb (closes #3645) []
* Fix awkward spacing in gemspec file (closes #3888) []
* Add support for :sudo variable to specify path to sudo (closes #4578) []
* Make previous_release return nil if there are no previous releases (closes #4959) []
* Uncache releases list after update_code is called so that newly released dir is included (closes #3766) [Jamis Buck]
* Allow the subversion scm to accept HTTPS certificates (closes #4792) [Jamis Buck]
* Make sure rollbacks occur within the scope of the task that triggered them [Jamis Buck]
* Fixed the default recipe to work with setups that haven't yet gone pids [DHH]
* Symlink and setup for shared/pids to tmp/pids [DHH]
* Fix some incorrect usage text (closes #4507) []
* Added Actor#stream method that makes it easy to create cross-server streams [DHH]. Example:
desc "Run a tail on multiple log files at the same time"
task :tail_fcgi, :roles => :app do
stream "tail -f #{shared_path}/log/fastcgi.crash.log"
* Make update_code and symlink a macro task under the name "update" for easy of deploy to servers that does not run fcgis [DHH]
* Changed setup, update_code, rollback_code, and symlink to work on all servers instead of only those in the :app, :web, and :db roles. A server can opt out of being part of the release deployment by setting :no_release => true [DHH]
* Added support for :except on task declarations as the opposite of :only [DHH]. Example:
role :app, ""
role :file, "", :no_release => true
task :symlink, :except => { :no_release => true } do
on_rollback { run "ln -nfs #{previous_release} #{current_path}" }
run "ln -nfs #{current_release} #{current_path}"
cap symlink # will not run on
* Deprecate the -r/--recipe switch in favor of -f/--file (for more make/rake-like semantics) [Jamis Buck]
* Fix gemspec to include a dependency on rake 0.7 [Jamis Buck]
* Added respect for ENV["HOSTS"] that'll be used instead of the roles specified in the task definition [DHH]. Example:
HOSTS= cap setup # one-off setup for that server, doesn't need to be prespecified in the recipes file
* Added respect for ENV["ROLES"] that'll be used instead of the roles specified in the task definition [DHH]. Example:
task :setup, :roles => [ :app, :web, :db ]
# normally this would run every where
ROLES=app cap setup # this will only run for the app role, overwritting the default declaration
* Added :hosts option to task definition that allows you to specify cross-cutting tasks [DHH]. Example:
task :setup, :hosts => [ "", "" ] do
# this task will happen on 06 and 01 regardless of which roles they belong to
* Fix operator precedence problem in script for touching the revisions.log #3223 []
*1.1.0* (March 6th, 2006)
* Simplify the generated capistrano.rake file, and make it easier to customize
* Use rake-like command-line semantics ("cap deploy", in addition to "cap -a deploy")
* Rename to capistrano
* Make the generated capistrano.rake file use rake namespaces, and include all default tasks
* Look for config/deploy.rb, capfile, and Capfile by default
*1.0.1* (February 20th, 2006)
* Fix broken switchtower_invoke function in switchtower.rake (missing require statement)
*1.0.0* (Feburary 18th, 2006)
* Make CVS module's :local value default to "."
* Add "invoke" task for executing one-off commands
* Make port selection smarter for gateway connections
* Add extension mechanism for custom ST operations and third-party task libraries
* Make ST rails rake tasks more configurable
* Add Actor#current_task and simplify Task#servers
* Add Actor#connect! method for working around lazy connection establishing
* Make sure IO::TRUNC is specified for Net::SFTP uploads (#3510)
* Add branch support to CVS [] (#3596)
* Add bazaar-ng SCM module [Damien Merenne]
* Add optional :svn_username and :svn_password variables
* Allow Proc-valued variables to be set more conveniently (set(:foo) { "bar" })
* Add perforce SCM module [Richard McMahon]
* Add bazaar (v1) SCM module [Edd Dumbill] (#3533)
* Fix stftime format string used in CVS module to be Windows-compatible (fixes #3383)
* Add an better error when a task is run and no servers match the required conditions
* Add default spinner and cold_deploy tasks, and spinner_user variable
* Changed restart_via variable to (boolean) use_sudo
* Only chmod when the revisions.log file is first created
* Make UPPERCASE variables work
* Added rails_env variable (defaults to production) for use by tasks that employ the RAILS_ENV environment variable
* Added Actor.default_io_proc
* Set :actor key on SSH channel instances
*0.10.0* (January 2nd, 2006)
* Handle ssh password prompts like "someone's password:"
* Make CLI#echo available as a class method.
* Add CLI#with_echo.
* Make the default password prompt available as a class method.
# Add documentation for the CLI class.
* Add a sanity check to make sure the correct versions of Net::SSH and Net::SFTP are installed.
* Added a cleanup task to remove unused releases from the deployment directory
* Allow password to be reentered on sudo if it was entered incorrectly
* Use && as the command separator for the checkouts, so that errors are caught early.
* Ping each SSH connection every 1s during command processing so that long-running commands don't cause the connection to timeout.
* Add a 0.01s sleep during the command loop so that the CPU doesn't go ballistic while ST is doing its thing.
* Add :restart_via variable for specifying whether restart ought to use :sudo (default, use sudo)
* Use SFTP for file transfers (if available).
* Add an "update_current" task that will do an svn up on the current release
* Use the :checkout variable to determine what operation to use for svn checkouts (instead of co, like "export").
* The Rails rake tasks now load ST directly, instead of invoking it via system
* Added ssh_options variable to configure the SSH connection parameters #2734 []
* Require Net::SSH 1.0.5
*0.9.0* (October 18th, 2005)
* Use process reaper instead of custom reap script for restarting
* Use -S switch to set variables before reading recipe files #2242
* Have setup.rb create a switchtower.cmd file on Win32 platforms #2402
* Add diff_from_last_deploy to the rails switchtower rakefile template
* Add diff_from_last_deploy task (currently only works with subversion)
* Add deploy_with_migrations task.
* Make the migrate task more customizable.
* If no password is given with the -p switch, prompt for password immediately.
* Do not install a switchtower stub in the script directory. Assume the switchtower executable is in the path.
* Remove trailing newlines from commands to prevent trailing backslash #2141
* Default parameters work correctly with the generator #2218 [Scott Barron]
* Attempt to require 'rubygems' explicitly when running the switchtower utility #2134
* Make default tasks work only on app/db/web roles, so that additional roles may be created for boxes with specific needs without needing to (for instance) deploy the app to those boxes
* Default the application name to "Application" when using --apply-to
* Show the help screen instead of an error when no arguments are given
* Make SwitchTower easier to invoke programmatically via SwitchTower::CLI
* Specify the revision to release via the :revision variable (defaults to latest revision)
* Allow variables to be set via the cli using the -s switch
* Log checkouts to a "revisions.log" file
* Changed behavior of checkout to use the timestamp as the release name, instead of the revision number
* Added CVS module (very very experimental!)
* Works with public keys now, for passwordless deployment
* Subversion module recognizes the password prompt for HTTP authentication
* Preserve +x on scripts when using darcs #1929 [Scott Barron]
* When executing multiline commands, use a backslash to escape the newline
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