In the area of server updates, there has not been much exciting news. Or even mildly interesting. Changes have been about data collection, which will guide future changes, and infrastructure changes. But, this week there are some interesting changes people are noticing.
A few people were reporting long down times after this week’s update rollouts. Others noticed there were two rollouts Wednesday. Mazidox Linden took the blame for that. Maz rolled the wrong version to the RC channels. So, a second roll was required to get the correct version in place.
So, both Blue Steel and Le Tigre got two restarts. Lucy is certain that if Maz had had a bear it would have told him he was making a mistake… Forgoing the Bear solution the roll procedure is changing to hopefully reduce this mistakes reoccurrence possibility. Continue reading
The main channel got an update today. Simon Linden tells us this is a good one. While we can’t see changes, no new shiny, there is considerable system performance improvement on the back side.
We updated the main server channel this morning. The most interesting part of the update is internal – not normally visible. But, we got a big improvement in the caps router … an essential part of keeping regions and viewers happy.
… we made one part of the big system work better.
A caps router directs the regions’ requests for various tasks to the correct servers. I don’t have a lot of information on how all the parts work. I know there are a number of regions in a server host. The server host establishes a connection to the various other computers in the system that handle various tasks. It then provides each region with information needed to connect or receive information from those backend servers.
Places Are Not Evil – People Are
Getting a copy of your inventory list, seeing friends online, talking to the asset server… these are all capabilities of the system, caps. Of course, voice and chat are part of the servers provided by backend servers.
You may be aware that when servers are updated on the Tuesday and Wednesday restarts that a number of regions fail to come back online as they should. One noted problem is not being able to log into a region. You may be able to TP into it, but things don’t work well. That region is likely in a host that has failed to connect to the caps, is suffering what is called caps failure. Continue reading
The main channel got a new package: #17.05.05.326149. This version has some fixes for the Parcel Access Override feature.
Blue Steel and Le Tigre get a new package: #17.05.19.326482. This version fixes Parcel Access Override and BUG-100704 “[Server] If Anyone Can visit is selected after Allow Group was set only group members can enter”
Magnum is to roll, but as of today, it hasn’t been decided which package.
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Second Life AssetHttp Viewer version 188.8.131.526593 – This one updated from 184.108.40.2065940.
Second Life Voice Viewer version 220.127.116.115998 – This one didn’t update this last week. The viewer has a higher crash rate than the Lindens think acceptable. So, they have been working to make it better. In general this version changes:
- Adds support for a higher quality voice
- Fixes the apparent position of the speaker in nearby voice
- Improves retry behavior when there are problems connecting or during temporary connection problems
- Logs more detailed information to the Lab for quantifying connection issues
- Improves security of the communication between the viewer and SLVoice
- Unrelated to voice, improves the validation of TLS certificates (security improvement)
Second Life Project 360 Snapshot Viewer version 18.104.22.1681712 – Still no change. But, work is said to be progressing.
Second Life Project Alex Ivy Viewer version 22.214.171.1245089 – No change from last week.
This week a package 17.05.05.326149 rolled out to the main channel. This package adds the server side of new Parcel Access Override for Estate Managers and Owners. Plus, support for the new Trash purging process. As yet we do not have the viewer side of the change for Parcel Access. The new Trash purging process is supported by the new default viewer.
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Blue Steel and Le Tigre channels get the package 17.05.19.326482. This package includes the Parcel Access Override and a bug fix: BUG-100704 “[Server] If Anyone Can visit is selected after Allow Group was set only group members can enter“. This has created some confusion and locked some people out unintentionally.
The Magnum channel is supposed to get a package, but which has not been decided… Continue reading
Oz Linden has his 64-bit viewer crash for the first time since he’s been using it. I’ve used it for weeks and only seen a couple of crashes.
The HTTPAssets Viewer got an update in week #20.
Voice is the same version. It has an ‘elevated’ crash rate. They haven’t yet figured out why. So, it won’t be promoting any time soon.
The maintenance viewer has the new Estate Manager controls. This is the more likely viewer to get promoted.
Expect a 64 bit RC release in a couple of weeks (#22 or #23). The last functional update has gone to QA. Expect it to update in week 21. Continue reading
OK, we started out the day having no idea what was deploying this week. The Deploys thread had not updated as of 12:30 SLT 5/16. – OK, later in the day Caleb got the post stickied and out where people can find it.
And now for something a little different
We do know the server operating system update of the previous week on Le Tigre was rolled back.
My update tracking at my home, main channel, shows no restart today (2:40PM 5/16).
The Deploy post, now that Whirly pointed me to it and now that someone changed the stickiness of the posts, shows no roll for the main channel. Continue reading
The Deploys information placed in the forum is less and less. As of now they are simply a link to the release notes.
The main channel did get a roll out this morning. Package: #17.04.26.325840 – This package changes server logging.
Blue Steel and Magnum get the new package: #17.05.05.326151 – The package consists of “internal” changes… probably meaning bugs that only affect backend operation, nothing we would notice.
Le Tigre gets the package: #17.05.05.326155 – This isn’t a simulator software change. The servers running this channel are being upgraded to a new Operating System version. Sort like you updating Windows and not your viewer. We aren’t likely to see any noticeable changes, provided all goes well.
The OS upgrade will spread through the entire set of simulators. Continue reading
This week the main channel got an update, 17.04.24.325754. This is the update that provides increased population per region and gives premium members an advantage getting into crowded regions.
Listen to your heart.
The Blue Steel RC channel gets an update with unspecified Internal Fixes, 17.04.26.325839.
The Le Tigre and Magnum RC channels get an update that is described as: sim logging improvements. Continue reading