Great news! I am very happy to announce that we have reached a new milestone for Elektra and released a new version, 0.8.8! This release comes right on the tail of the 0.8.7 release and it might just be our biggest release yet! We already have a great article covering all the changes from the previous release on our News documentation on GitHub. I just wanted to focus on a few of those changes on this blog, especially the ones that pertain to my Google Summer of Code Project.
First of all, Felix has worked to greatly improve the ini plug-in. This is the plug-in I used in my technical demo for mounting Samba’s
smb.conf file. It now works even better with complex ini files such as
smb.conf which means the automatic merging of files like
smb.conf is even better now! That really goes to show one of the greatest strengths of the design of Elektra. Just by improving plug-ins, all the functions of Elektra can improve as well. The merge code was not changed in this release, yet because of an updated plug-in, the merge has improved.
Secondly, there have been some good improvements to the kdb command-line tool. Many of these improvements were used in my technical demo, but now they are actually a part of release (and a little more refined from then). We added a new command called
kdb remount which allows a user (or script) to mount a file to the Elektra Key Database using an existing backend. An example of this command is:
kdb remount [new filename] [new path] [existing mountpoint]
This command mounts the new file to the new path in the Key Database using an existing backend. This works with the conffile merging by allowing us to mount the various versions of the conffile without having to specify which backend to use (it will use the same backend as the currently used conffile). Additionally, the
umount command was updated to allow users to umount using the current mountpath (allowing commands such as
kdb umount system/smb.conf) as opposed to backends. Moreover, we added an option to the
kdb import command to specify a merge strategy using thing
-s option. Now you can import a file into the Key Database and merge the content of that file with the current Keys in the Database.
Thirdly, we added some new scripts to Elektra to help with the ucf integration. These scripts were used in my technical demo, but now they are part of the release.
elektra-umount are wrappers for the commands
kdb mount and
kdb umount respectively. They are designed to be used in debian package scripts and are adapted for easier use than the generic commands. For instance, running
elektra-mount will check to see if a file is already mounted at that location in the Key Database. Similarly,
elektra-umount will not produce an error if the file was already unmounted. This is because maintainer scripts can be run multiple times in a row and producing an error will stop dpkg even when it shouldn’t. Additionally, we added a script called
elektra-merge which can be used as a method for ucf to merge configuration files. This script acts as a liaison between ucf and elektra allowing automatic merges to be done by ucf using Elektra’s merge features in a seamless manner. For information of how these scripts work, check out my tutorial on integrating elektra-merge into a debian package.
The last bit of news I would like to share is the great progress of the Debian package. Thanks to Pino Toscano, version 0.8.7-4 of Elektra is now available in the Debian testing repo! This is great news as we are now that much closer to replacing the outdated Elektra 0.7 versions that are currently the latest versions of Elektra in the stable repo. Once the 0.8.X versions of Elektra make it to stable it will be much easier for us to keep the latest versions of Elektra in Debian, and that’s key to allowing Elektra to help improve users lives.
You can download the release from:
• size: 1644441
• md5sum: fe11c6704b0032bdde2d0c8fa5e1c7e3
• sha1: 16e43c63cd6d62b9fce82cb0a33288c390e39d12
• sha256: ae75873966f4b5b5300ef5e5de5816542af50f35809f602847136a8cb21104e2
And the API-Documentation can be found here:
Hope you enjoy the new release!
Ian S. Donnelly