Chef 0.7.8 Release


#1

Hi all,

Jeppe Nejsum Madsen scoops up the MVP this release for fixing an
annoying bug related to fetching remote files, usually encountered in
combination with Amazon’s Simple Storage Service (CHEF-296) - and also
for alerting us to his patch being missing from 0.7.6! Thanks, for
the patch, and the keen eye, Jeppe. Matthew Todd receives the “Bug
Killer” award for tracking down and squashing some hard-to-reproduce
API bugs (CHEF-431, CHEF-432). Keep cooking, guys!

Earlier this week we recalled Chef 0.7.6 due to an unfortunate set of
bugs that slipped into the release. Chef 0.7.8 contains all of the
fixes of 0.7.6, with some extra love for backwards compatibility.

Thanks to our strong community and contributors, particularly Caleb
Tennis and Ezra Zygmuntowicz, these bugs were identified moments after
our release and have since been resolved by Opscode staffers Adam
Jacob and myself.

For those interested in the cause of recall and re-release; The Node
system was using a reworked Hash based class internally to store
Attributes, which kept the Override and Default attributes specified
in Roles from being persisted in the Node data directly.
Unfortunately, it was missing a number of crucial Hash behavioural
methods - a great shock to cookbook authors. It now implements the
majority of the methods in Hash, and we’ll be re-working this sub-
system again in the near future to make it actually descendant from
Hash.

“I think the most wonderful thing in the world is another chef. I’m
always excited about learning new things about food.”

Release Notes - Chef - Version 0.7.8

Bug

[CHEF-269] - remote_file fails if URL contains % characters
[CHEF-431] - ChefServerSlice::OpenidServer#index should treat
content_type as a symbol
[CHEF-432] - chef-server-slice views should use slice_url instead of url
[CHEF-439] - service resource - inherited file handle weirdness
[CHEF-472] - Output logging is very choppy
[CHEF-473] - attribute setting issue in 0.7.6
[CHEF-477] - Walking an attribute with .each when it is deeply nested
and has no defaults or overrides causes an exception
[CHEF-479] - Attribute setting issue in 0.7.6 - wrong saved names?
[CHEF-482] - Nested hashes loaded from JSON don’t act like nested hashes
[CHEF-483] - Chef::Node::Attribute.should behave_like_a(Hash)
[CHEF-484] - Method Missing attribute lookups don’t honour auto vivify
on read.
[CHEF-486] - Attributes added from an attribute file can
unneccessarily block run list expansion
Improvement

[CHEF-430] - Add support for HTTP Basic Authentication to Chef::REST
New Feature

[CHEF-474] - Switch chef-server syntax highlighting to coderay
[CHEF-475] - chef-repo should have a roles directory with chef upgrade
from blog post
Enjoy!


AJ Christensen, Software Engineer
Opscode, Inc.
E: aj@opscode.com


#2

On 13/08/2009, at 06.21, Arjuna Christensen wrote:

Hi all,

Jeppe Nejsum Madsen scoops up the MVP this release for fixing an
annoying bug related to fetching remote files, usually encountered
in combination with Amazon’s Simple Storage Service (CHEF-296) - and
also for alerting us to his patch being missing from 0.7.6! Thanks,
for the patch, and the keen eye, Jeppe.

He he, I’m overwhelmed :wink: Thanks for including this and thanks for
making sys admin tasks fun with Chef!

/Jeppe