“Strewth! There’s a bloke down there with no strides on!”

Oz Linden has announced that due to a change to the inventory transfer protocol, a new inventory patch has been issued by LL.

Commenting on the patch, Oz states: ““We’re going to be deploying changes to the inventory backend soon that improve robustness and performance, but in testing those changes we found that existing viewers relied on certain things being strictly ordered.  With the new backend, that assumption does not always hold true.

“Changeset d327dcc8ae51 from viewer-development implements the viewer change needed to avoid race conditions.  It should be straightforward to apply to any viewer, and is safe to release before the changes are deployed (it is compatible with the services as they are now).”

The exact deployment date for the actual change to the inventory transfer protocol is unclear – longer than days, but less than a month. However, TPV developers are being encouraged to implement the patch sooner rather than later.

Commenting on the impact of not implementing the patch, Oz says, “I believe that there is no known risk of inventory loss or damage without the patch, but it is true that some operations can result in accidental nudity, which some users might be unhappy about.”

One side effect of this is that the patch will not be applied to the official 1.23.5 Viewer code by LL, and so that Viewer has been removed from the Viewer download page of the wiki. However, developers supplying Viewers based on the V1 code base will be able to port and apply the patch to their own code.

With thanks to Tateru Nino.