CFEngine 3.7.7 LTS and 3.10.3 LTS released!

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06 Feb 2018

We’re happy to announce the maintenance releases 3.7.7 LTS and 3.10.3 LTS today!

3.7.7 LTS and 3.10.3 LTS, being maintenance (aka patch) releases, the goal is to increase stability and reliability for CFEngine users and enable a safe upgrade-path. As such, these releases primarily includes bugfixes and low-risk changes that do not impact the compatibility between previous patch releases.

Looking at the CFEngine release schedule, we can see that

  • 3.7 LTS is maintained (and supported for Enterprise customers) until July 17th 2018
  • 3.10 LTS is maintained (and supported for Enterprise customers) until December 27th 2019

If you are planning to contribute features or fixes to the next minor release 3.12.0 (thank you!), please note that we would need the pull requests ready for merging by the end of February 2018.

Want to start contributing but unsure how?

 

Improvements and fixes

Automatic reload of def.json (aka. augments file) in cf-execd has now been fixed, so when you make changes here cf-execd will pick them up without a process restart. There are several improvements to package management in masterfiles. The systemd integration has received several fixes, for example to ensure that no processes created by CFEngine are affected by managing the CFEngine systemd units. In 3.10.3, inventory support for Xen hypervisors and Alpine Linux has been improved further.

In CFEngine Enterprise, you can now easily graph and report upon the policy version distribution across your hosts, as the Policy Release ID is inventoried and thus available out-of-the-box in the Mission Portal Inventory report. Use of the Enterprise APIs is made easier, as malformed API requests are explicitly flagged in the responses. The maximum length for Mission Portal passwords has been increased to 100 characters, for those who prefer passphrases. On the scalability side, the database tables can now hold much more data as they now use a larger field for the ID column, which is helpful if you are merging databases from several hubs into one for reporting purposes. Environments with less reliable network can enjoy more reliable report collection with a default timeout for report collection (cf-hub) of 30 seconds, increased from the previous 10 second limit.

As usual, dependencies have been upgraded in order to get the latest security, performance and reliability improvements.

For more details please see the relevant ChangeLog entries:

 

Upgrading?

If you’re upgrading an existing CFEngine Enterprise installation, check out the upgrade documentation for 3.10 or 3.7 for guidelines to make the process as smooth as possible.

We are happy to assist CFEngine Enterprise customers with upgrading! Please contact CFEngine customer support to receive a fixed-price quote for upgrading your CFEngine infrastructure.

 

Get it!

CFEngine Enterprise packages can be downloaded here or you can take a quick spin with the CFEngine Enterprise Vagrant environment for 3.10 or 3.7.

Community Edition is released as source code, packages and Linux package repositories — to make installation as easy as possible!

We hope you enjoy the new releases, and we look forward to hearing about your experience in the CFEngine Google Group!

Eystein Maloy Stenberg