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xen-tools 4.7 (released 23 Jan 2017)

New Features

New keywords in distributions.conf: default-keyring, dont-test

  • Support situations where distributions (e.g. Squeeze) might be end of life, but its archive signing key is still not removed from the default keyring. (As of this writing, that's the case for Debian 6 Squeeze on Debian 8 Jessie.)

Bug Fixes

  • Fixes reported error code in case of subcommand failure (Reported and fixed by Yuri Sakhno, thanks!)
  • Fixes inconsistent/non-functional handling of --nopygrub parameter. Thanks Daniel Reichelt for the bug report and patch! (Closes Debian bug report #842609)
  • Fixes possible missing gateway in generated /etc/network/interfaces. Thanks Santiago Vila for the bug report and patch! (Closes Debian bug report #764625)
  • Fixes typo found by Lintian.
  • Work around LVM related race condition when using --force with LVM: If an "lvremove" is immediately followed by an "lvcreate" for an LV with the same name, "mkswap" (and maybe other commands) occasionally fail with "Device or resource busy". Work around it by using sync and sleep.

Distribution Releases Changes

  • Support for Ubuntu 16.10 Yakkety Yak.
  • Preliminary support for Ubuntu 17.04 Zesty Zapus.
  • Knows about code names for Debian 10 (Buster) and 11 (Bullseye).
  • Considers Debian Squeeze, Ubuntu Vivid and Wily being EoL.
  • Knows about Ubuntu's "devel" alias.

Other Changes

  • Risen default values for RAM sizes in /etc/xen-tools/xen-tools.cfg to cope with risen resource consumption and availability. (Closes Debian bug report #849867)
  • Default file system is now ext4 (instead of ext3).

Test Suite

  • release-testing:
    • Mitigate race conditions with immediately re-used LVs:
      • Use per-test-unique host names.
      • Delete potential old images by testing xen-delete-image before calling xen-create-image. Add sync and sleep calls inbetween those two commands, too.
    • Use "set -e" instead of "|| break".
    • Declare testability in distributions.conf instead of hardcoding it. Mark buster and bullseye as not testable, too, for now.

xen-tools 4.6.2 (released 23 Dec 2015)

Bug Fixes

  • Make t/hooks-inittab.t using its own copy of the generic /etc/inittab for testing instead of using the system one's. (GH#36, should fix autopkgtest on systems with modified /etc/inittab)
  • Fix unescaped braces (deprecated since Perl 5.22) in t/plugin-checks.t.

Other changes

  • Support for using pygrub from /usr/local/bin/pygrub.
  • Typo fixes.

xen-tools 4.6.1 (released 24 Oct 2015)

Distribution Releases Changes

  • Preliminary support for Ubuntu 16.04 LTS Xenial Xerus.

Bug Fixes

  • Fix Perl warning in t/hook-inittab.t if /etc/inittab isn't present.

Other Changes

  • Declare GitHub as primary hosting.
  • Integrate BUGS.markdown into README.markdown, move remaining contents of KNOWN_BUGS.markdown to the GitHub issue tracker.
  • Minor README improvements.
  • Neither use $#array in boolean context nor @array = undef anymore.

xen-tools 4.6 (released 20 Jul 2015)

New Features and Major Changes

  • Drop all occurrences of apt's --force-yes parameter. It only forces the installation of untrusted packages and that's unwanted. (Closes Debian bug report #776487)
  • Support passing commandline options with --debootstrap-cmd.
  • Use MD5 as default hash method again, to be able to properly set passwords in older releases. Does not affect passwords changed later inside the DomU.
  • Split off hardcoded release code names list and default mirrors in xen-create-image into separate configuration file which is parsed before the default settings or command-line options are set.
  • Report all SSH fingerprints of the created DomU, not only RSA ones.
  • Support VLANs with Open vSwitch (GH-2). Thanks to Félix Barbeira for the patch.

New Options

  • --keyring (xen-create-image, xt-install-image)
  • --vlan (xen-create-image)

Distribution Releases Changes

  • Debian 9 Stretch (preliminary support)
  • Ubuntu 15.10 Wily Werewolf (preliminary support; not yet supported by debootstrap, see Debian bug report #787117)
  • Ubuntu 10.04 Lucid Lynx is now EoL.
  • Ubuntu 14.10 Utopic Unicorn is now EoL.

Improvements

  • Make test suite support as-installed-testing.
  • Multiple release workflow improvements (target release in Makefile).
  • Supports unstable, oldstable and oldoldstable as distribution names, too. (oldoldstable is not yet supported by debootstrap, see Debian feature request #792734 in debootstrap.)

Bug Fixes

  • Fix usage of nonexistent variable in removeDebianPackage (Closes Debian bug report #774936) Thanks Lukas Schwaighofer!
  • Allows # within configuration file comments. (Closes Debian bug report #783060; thanks Jean-Michel Nirgal Vourgère for the bug report and patch!)
  • Use -o APT::Install-Recommends=false instead of --no-install-recommends for backwards compatibility with older APT versions which don't know either (but accept any Foo=Bar parameter to -o). Allows one to install earlier Debian releases (e.g. Etch) with the default configuration again.
  • Pass --yes to lvcreate only if LVM version is 2.02.99 or higher. Fixes regression introduced with 4.5 by the fix for Debian bug report #754517.

Other Changes

  • Change all occurrences of http.debian.net to httpredir.debian.org.
  • Installs bash completion into /usr/share/bash-completion/ (fixes lintian warning package-install-into-obsolete-dir)
  • Testsuite: Optimize and clean up modules.sh.
  • Split up test suite in functionality/compatibility tests (t) and author/release tests (xt).
  • New example script helpful for release testing.

xen-tools 4.5 (released 25 Oct 2014)

New Features and Major Changes

  • Apply patch by Adrian C. (anrxc) to allow to override hooks in /usr/share/xen-tools/*.d/ with hooks in /etc/xen-tools/hooks.d/.

Distribution Releases Changes

  • Ubuntu 14.10 Utopic Unicorn.
  • Ubuntu 15.04 Vivid Vervet (preliminary support)
  • Mark Ubuntu 13.10 Saucy Salamander as EoL

Improvements

  • Use 686-pae kernels instead of 686 kernels on Debian Wheezy and later. Thanks to Daniel Lintott! (Closes Debian bug report #742778)
  • Pass -y option ("assume yes") to yum (Closes Debian bug report #735675) Thanks Lionel FÉLICITÉ!

Bug Fixes

  • Fix always empty gateway on Debian DomUs (Thanks Joan! LP: #1328794)
  • Fix lvcreate awaiting user input when creating swap LV (Closes Debian bug report #754517) Thanks Eric Engstrom!
  • Fix missing quoting in shell function assert in hooks/common.sh.
  • Fix initial configuration summary in cases where pygrub is used.
  • Fix corner cases where not the latest kernel would have been checked.
  • --password overrides --genpass. (Closes Debian bug report #764143) Based on patch by Santiago Vila.
  • Fix unaligned maxmem output of xen-create-image. (Closes Debian bug report #764126; Patch by Santiago Vila)
  • Fix copy & paste errors in comments in typos in roles/puppet (Closes Debian bug report #764134; Patch by Santiago Vila)
  • Fix typos in POD of xen-create-image (Closes Debian bug report #764153; Patch by Santiago Vila)

Other Changes

  • Drop all xend related sanity checks, they cause more havoc nowadays than they help. Thanks Ian Campbell! (Closes Debian bug report #732456)
  • pygrub detection: Prefer /usr/lib/xen-default over /usr/lib/xen-x.y.
  • Add password length sanity check with fallback to default length.
  • Raise default password length from 8 to 23.
  • Flush output after each line in runCommand().
  • Makefile: Clean up coverage data in multiple targets.

xen-tools 4.4 (released 11 Dec 2013)

Listing includes changes of according beta releases.

New Features and Major Changes

  • Preliminary support for xl toolstack
  • Ships /etc/initramfs-tools/conf.d/xen-tools for generating Dom0 initrds also suitable for DomU usage. Trigger update-initramfs.
  • Installs a legacy grub in all pygrub based Debian/Ubuntu DomUs to be able to update the menu.list automatically.
  • hooks/common.sh: installDebianPackage no more installs recommends, use installDebianPackageAndRecommends for that from now on.
  • hooks/common.sh: Rename installCentOS4Package to installRPMPackage. Add installCentOS4Package wrapper for backward compatibility.
  • Better documents and checks requirements for the --apt_proxy value. (See #623443 for the corresponding apt issue.) Requires now Data::Validate::URI.
  • Uses now Data::Validate::Domain and Data::Validate::IP for IP addresses and hostname checks.

Newly Supported Distribution Releases

  • Debian 8 Jessie
  • Ubuntu 13.04 Raring
  • Ubuntu 13.10 Saucy (preliminary support; debootstrap doesn't have support for Saucy at the time of writing)

Improvements

  • Also recognize "M" and "G" instead of "MB" and "GB" as size unit for --memory. Also document the recognized units. (Closes Debian bug report #691320)
  • xen-list-images now also outputs the file name of the config file.
  • xen-list-images and xen-delete-image now understand --extension.
  • Makefile accepts DESTDIR=…
  • Move examples from debian/examples to examples.
  • Adds default mount options for ext4, identical to ext2/ext3.
  • By default install linux-image-virtual instead of linux-image-server on Ubuntu Intrepid and newer (Hopefully closes: #640099, LP #839492)
  • Makes some options (like --pygrub) negatable.
  • Rework "minimal" role to be less based on personal preferences:
    • No more installs sudo, vim, syslog-ng, etc.
    • Fixes usage together with pygrub.

Bug Fixes

  • Fix symbolic link hooks/centos-6/15-setup-arch (Closes Debian bug report #690299)
  • Execute END block not on --version/--help/--manual (Closes Debian bug #684346)
  • Move code for --boot feature to END block. Fixes missing SSH fingerprint display if --boot was used. (Closes Debian bug report #679183)
  • Correctly handle aborts in END block. (Closes Debian bug report #704882)
  • Fixes --extension= with empty parameter.
  • Sarge amd64 case handle properly
  • xt-install-image: Don't bail out if only cdebootstrap is installed but not debootstrap (Thanks Elmar Heeb!)
  • Fix filesystem tools installation in 91-install-fs-tools (which was broken since 4.3~rc1-1) by merging 91-install-fs-tools back into 90-make-fstab. (Closes Debian bug report #715340) Also supports RPM-based distributions now.
  • Fixes creation of ARRAY(0x#).log named log files.

Other Changes

  • Code deduplication to unify the xen-*-image scripts
  • Moves /usr/lib/xen-tools/ to /usr/share/xen-tools/
  • Use http.debian.net as default Debian mirror if no mirror is given and xt-guess-suite-and-mirror is not used.
  • Default DomUs to use the noop scheduler (Closes Debian bug report #693131)
  • Fixes export of environment variables. Previously they could contain dashes and then were only accessible from within Perl, but not from within Bash.
  • Uses Test::NoTabs instead of its own test for that.
  • Removes unused Perl modules Xen::Tools and Xen::Tools::Log from source code. Also removes the according tests from the test suite. No more needs Moose.

xen-tools 4.3.1 (released 30-Jun-2012)

Bugfix Release only

xen-tools 4.3 (released 26-Jun-2012)

Listing includes changes of according beta releases.

New Features and Major Changes

  • Massive code deduplication in hooks directory

New Options

  • --dontformat (xen-create-image)
  • --finalrole (xen-create-image)
  • --apt_proxy (xen-create-image)

Newly Supported Distribution Releases

  • Ubuntu 11.10 Oneiric
  • Ubuntu 12.04 Precise
  • Ubuntu 12.10 Quantal
  • CentOS 6

Bug Fixes

  • Fix several testuite failures depending on the build host's installation.

Other Changes

  • Remove most Mercurial traces

xen-tools 4.2.1 (released 17 Mar 2011)

Bugfix Release only

xen-tools 4.2 (released 05 Oct 2010)

First final release of the new Xen-Tools Team.

Supports Ubuntu up to 11.04 (Natty) and Debian up to 7.0 (Wheezy).

New Options

--debootstrap-cmd (xen-create-image and xt-install-image)

New Features and Major Changes

  • Uses hvc0 and xvda devices by default
  • Also supports cdebootstrap
  • Preliminary btrfs support.
  • Uses GeoIP for Debian mirrors: Default Debian mirror is now cdn.debian.net, see https://wiki.debian.org/DebianGeoMirror for details.
  • New helper program xt-guess-suite-and-mirror, used to find the default mirror and suite.