[et-mgmt-tools] [ANNOUNCE] Cobbler 0.6.2 (pre) release

Hennessey Daniel Daniel.Hennessey at aah.co.uk
Wed Sep 26 16:22:18 UTC 2007


I have upgraded my cobbler installation but I seem to be having some
selinux problems when trying to use the shiny, new webUI. It appears
that the cobbler CGI script which runs as context "httpd_sys_script_t"
is trying to write to the cobbler logfile
"/var/log/cobbler/cobblerd.log" which has a context of "var_log_t".

Can anybody tell me how to get around this problem (preferably without
disabling selinux)?

Cheers in advance.


-----Original Message-----
From: et-mgmt-tools-bounces at redhat.com
[mailto:et-mgmt-tools-bounces at redhat.com] On Behalf Of Michael DeHaan
Sent: 25 September 2007 23:48
To: 'et-mgmt-tools at redhat.com'
Subject: [et-mgmt-tools] [ANNOUNCE] Cobbler 0.6.2 (pre) release

It's new Cobbler & koan time.

The new feature this time is the Cobbler Web UI, for which I have to 
give a big hand to Al Tobey for coding up a *massive* chunk of it. The
WUI recently gained the ability to edit kickstart files and is 
really shiny (IMHO) at this point.   While the rest of cobbler we'll
consider "stable", the Web UI component should be considered a "beta" 
just for this 1st release.  Definitely help test it out though,
and report back your findings/ideas/comments.   If you or fellow admins 
need to make tweaks from time to time and need a better
way of visualizing your provisioning configuration, the WebUI is 
probably for you.

As mentioned before, the setup instructions are on the Wiki, so just 
follow these steps once things are installed:


Unless you've been requesting a feature (in which case, it probably was 
added), the other changes are relatively minor
and you might not notice them.  I've sent emails out about most of them 
already.   One thing admins should note is that
/var/lib/cobbler/settings is finally packaged as a config file, so 
you'll get an "rpmnew" for the new settings.  That will
be moved into /etc probably in the next release and all will be right 
with config files :)

So ... I'm uploading the 0.6.2 RPM's today for folks to have a chance to

try things out before pushing to the mirrors on Friday.


FYI -- The changelogs might look rather long, though it's been about a 
month since the last release and lots of folks have been
working off the source-control versions.   So things are rather well 

For Cobbler:
- cobbler repo auto-add to discover yum repos automatically  (requires a

rather new yum)
- fix bug that allows empty mac addresses (None) in dhcpd.conf
- kickstarts automatically save kickstart file used to /root/cobbler.ks
- allow multiple (comma-seperated) values for --virt-size
- removed deprecated 'enchant' function (use SSH and koan instead)
- cleanup of a few unused settings
- allow for serialization modules to be selected in 
- patch to allow for reposync of specific repos, even if not set to
- added --dhcp-tag section for better DHCP customization (esp with 
multiple subnets)
- added Apache proxying around XMLRPC port for wider network access
- refactor XMLRPC API and establish a read-write API
- allow for configuring of read-write XMLRPC users in
- WebUI
- packaged /var/lib/cobbler/settings as a config file
- added BuildRequires to help build on other platforms
- relocate cgi-bin files to cgi-bin/cobbler for namespacing
- fix syslog logging for systems not in the cobbler DB.

For koan
- Allow for multiple values (comma seperated) to --virt-path
- Allow for multiple virt file sizes
- Refactoring around the virt bits
- Remove legacy sys.path hack as enchant has been removed (just use SSH)
- Try port 80 proxied XMLRPC by default (first) before trying 25151

As usual, a huge thanks to everyone who submitted patches, emails, or 
hangs out in #cobbler.  


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