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2.1 release notes


2.1 release notes

The Aegir team is proud to announce the second release in the stable 2.x release branch!

But first, here's a word from Antoine Beaupré:

This latest release of the Aegir project will be the last one for me as a release manager, as I will be stepping down from the leadership position I have filled in the 7 years of involvement in this amazing project. I will continue to contribute to the project, to a lesser extent. I will remain available, through Koumbit, to provide high-level consulting work for Aegir. We can also now welcome Praxis Labs Coop as a new consulting partner of the Aegir project. Praxis will help to finance ongoing Aegir development by subsidizing part of my salary, in a similar fashion to how had in the past.

Working with the Aegir project was a huge challenge, both from a technical perspective, but also from a human standpoint, as it is a large and complex project that may seem daunting for new users. But with regular releases and continuous support in the issue queue, I think we have been able to foster a great community of contributors that goes beyond what a single person can do, as Adrian proved when he left the project with the 1.0 release in 2011. Christopher (ergonlogic) and other contributors have shown they are in a good position to take over that leadership role, and will do so from now on.

Now it is my turn to move on, and I am quite proud of what I leave behind. This project allowed me to travel around the world, meet incredible people and learn a lot about hosting and provisioning. It is however time for me to move on. I have been involved with the Drupal community for over 13 years, and things, to put it lightly, have changed. PHP is attempting to become a real programming language, something that I didn't believe could or should happen, and I wish to move on to other paradigms. Python and Haskell are waiting for me around this turn in the road, and even Perl and shell scripting look awesome in comparison to those dreaded PHP years. Besides, since Aegir started, lots of configuration management systems have popped up that we can leverage to host way more than PHP and Drupal: Docker, Chef, Puppet hold lots of promise for those of us who dare to get out of the NIH syndrome. Hopefully, that energy will be reusable in the Aegir project as we head towards Aegir 4!

And so, thank you, Antoine, for all your great contributions as leader of the Aegir project! You have been an inspiration to many of us, and have provided superbly effective technical leadership.

This release ships with support for Apache 2.4, along with updates to Drupal core and ModalframeAPI. A number of bug-fixes are included affecting deployment of Drupal 7 sites, aliases with sub-directory installs, backups, among other things. See below for the full lists of new features and bug fixes. Everyone is encouraged to upgrade.

1. Installing and upgrading

The canonical source of installation documentation is on the community site at:

In a similar fashion, the upgrade documentation is at:

Within those sections, you'll find step-by-step instructions for performing both manual and automatic upgrade processes.

It is still imperative that you read the the upgrade path and version-specific information and follow all version-specific upgrade instructions before trying to run the upgrade script or manual upgrade. This especially applies to users upgrading from releases prior to 0.4-alpha8, including 0.3.

For users coming from the 0.4 betas or rc releases, there are unlikely to be any version-specific manual steps required to upgrade, but you should make a habit of reading them anyway just to make sure. Noone likes a nasty surprise!

2. Need help?

If you struggle to install or upgrade your Aegir system, you have a number of options available to you for getting help.

Consult this page for more information:

Thanks to our awesome community for their help, support and encouragement as always! Enjoy the new release :)

3. Known issues

Being really open about our project, we have never hidden the fact that some things, sometimes, do not work in Aegir. Our issue trackers are public, and we've made it a point of honor not only to document clearly what is wrong in our releases as soon as we find out about it, but also to reroll new releases when we fix it.

That being said, 2.1 still has a number of issues and design flaws. This is the list of all issues marked "major" in the queue right now. Most issues are now likely to be fixed in the 3.x development branch, and unlikely to be backported unless considered critical.

  • hosting-queued doesn't get properly re-enabled on upgrades, see #2114675 for a workaround.
  • previous Debian packages may remove the aegir.conf symlink before being upgraded. this is fixed in 2.0 but will occur (it's inevitable) during upgrades from 1.x releases. details and simple workaround in #2121263

4. Features

  • Apache 2.4 is now supported in the 1.x and 2.x branches, see #2153929 and #2155445
  • updated core to Drupal 6.31
  • #2191827 by Jon Pugh: Update modalframe

5. Bug fixes

  • #2157785 by helmo: Deploy_7 code lacks functionality from D6 code
  • #2169025 by gboudrias: Fix non-gzipped backups can't be restored
  • #2213387 by Chris Moates: Fix alias handling when using subdirs support
  • Cleanup some file permissions from 755 to 644
  • #2213787 by SocialNicheGuru, helmo: Undefined property: stdClass::$ssl_key_new
  • Fixed reference in comment and cleanup notices
  • #2171075 by helmo: Fix hostmaster-resume command options. (3 months ago)
  • #2189687 Redirect to site-alias not working
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2.1 released! Wed, 03/25/2015 - 19:48 ergonlogic
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