Second Life News 2017 w24 – New Shiny

Servers

There was no roll to the main grid this week. The channel continues to run #17.05.26.326655.

Blue Steel will get a new package Wednesday, #17.06.01.326763. Includes internal fixes.

Le Tigre will get a new package Wednesday, #17.06.12.327066. Includes internal logging and features and an improvement to region starts.

Magnum also gets a new package, #17.06.12.327060. Shoutcast Player fix included. Other changes are an upgrade of the OS.

Tuesday done less left before WE 😜

Tuesday done less left before WE 😜

Shoutcast is the feature that many use to publish the name of the song playing in a music stream. There was some old time fundamental problem with how those scripts worked. Some fix in the server side created a problem with those scripts, broke them. (BUG-100737) The Lindens were not going to build the bug back in. So, they are providing a fix that works similarly. But, all the Shoutcast scripts will have to change.

The fix is something about the characters in the HTTP request stream. Continue reading

Second Life News 2017 w23

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.

Quoting

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

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

Third Party Developers’ Meeting 2017 Week 21

Viewers

Not much has changed since week 21… said Oz as he listed off these changes…

There is a new AssetHTTP version. It is doing reasonably well and Oz Linden thinks it likely to promote to the default viewer.

A new Voice RC is out but, it is too new for the Lab to know much about how it is doing.

Also, a new maintenance viewer is out and it too is too new to say much about performance-wise.

.Psychosis.

.Psychosis.

Alex Ivy, the 64-bit version of the Linden project viewer, has been updated. A RC version of it is in QA. The RC is likely to release in week 22.

The Lindens are changing the server side support for viewer update process. This is the process that decides if you should run a 32 or 64-bit version of the viewer. The update process is taking a fair amount of effort. A couple of easier said than done things weren’t anticipated that are being resolved. Continue reading

Second Life News 2017 w22

Server

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.

Wake up,rise and shine 😉❤️

Wake up, rise and shine 😉❤️

Second Life AssetHttp Viewer version 5.0.6.326593 – This one updated from 5.0.5.325940.

Second Life Voice Viewer version 5.0.5.325998 – 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 4.1.3.321712 – Still no change. But, work is said to be progressing.

Second Life Project Alex Ivy Viewer version 5.1.0.505089 – No change from last week.

Second Life – News 2017 w21

Servers

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.

Ed at Egypt 05232017_048

Ed at Egypt 05232017_048

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

Second Life – Inventory Loss Warning, Yikes!

Have you heard about people losing inventory? Probably. Seems there is a bug on the loose that can clean you out.

I answer lots of questions on the SL Forum. I hear a constant stream of “I lost…” Mine and several other people’s best answer has been the Firestorm Wiki page: Missing Inventory. But, those steps do not work for this problem.

Today I see there is currently a more serious problem. And even worse, my best-informed authority on such matters, Whirly Fizzle, says there is no fix, for now. Ouch!

Worst Fears

Worst Fears

So, what is the bug and how are people losing inventory?

Here is what people describe happening. They get a popup saying Trash is full or overflowing. It has a button to empty Trash now. I suggest always selecting LATER. Avoid emptying trash from the popup.

They click EMPTY NOW and poof stuff they are certain was not in trash poofs away.  Continue reading

Second Life – Third-Party Viewer Developers UG 2017 w/20

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.

Waves

Waves

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

Second Life News 2017 w20

Servers

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

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 channelContinue reading