SL project updates 28/1: server, viewer, misc

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Server Deployments Week #28

This week’s deployment notice was thrown into disarray due to an 11th hour hitch in deployment plans.

Main (SLS) Channel

The planned deployment to the Main (SLS) channel did not go ahead on Tuesday, July 11th, which would have seen it receive the new server operating system update, which had been on test on the Magnum and Cake RC over the last couple of months. Instead the channel remains on simulator version #, originally deployed on June 20th. As the channel was restarted in week #27 there was also not rolling restart.

Commenting on the pulled deployment at the Simulator User Group meeting on Tuesday, July 11th, Simon Linden said:

[It] got cancelled due to finding a last-minute bug. We’re scrambling to get that fixed and hopefully back in the RC servers tomorrow. It was [an issue] with other back-end services … it wasn’t managing connections the same way as before and thus they were getting overloaded.

When asked if it was a little ambitious deploying a major update directly from one RC to the Main channel without expanding it through the remaining RCs first, he said, “It’s a tough call, actually … how cautious to go in increasing releases like that. At some point it’s just best to get it out and see what happens. We have spent a bunch of time trying to decide the best route. That release has been frustrating how long it’s taken to uncover some problems, so more exposure is better, I think.”

RC Channels

There will be no deployment to either the BlueSteel or LeTigre RCs on Wednesday, July 12th. They will remain on simulator version # This contains internal fixes, and an update to the week #25 deployment (# As there was no deployment to these channels in week #27, they should receive a rolling restart.

The Magnum RC will receive an update to the operating system upgrade package on Wednesday, July 12th. Simulator version # should contain a fix for the issue Simon noted above.

SL Viewer

No changes to the SL viewer pipelines, which remain as follows:

  • Current Release version, dated May 26th, promoted June 20 – formerly the AssetHTTP RC viewer – overview
  • Release channel cohorts:
    • Project Alex Ivy 64-bit viewer version dated on June 30th
    • Maintenance RC viewer version dated on June 22nd
    • Voice RC viewer, version dated June 23rd
  • Project viewers:
  • Obsolete platform viewer version dated May 8th, 2015 – provided for users on Windows XP and OS X versions below 10.7.

Other Items

Simon Linden: 10 years in Second Life

Simon Reaches Ten

Simon Linden celebrated his the tenth anniversary of his rezday on Tuesday, July 11th. If he held a party, I wasn’t invited 😦  (joking!).

On a more serious note, a repeated Happy Rezday to Simon, who said of the occasion, “I wanted to give a big thanks to everyone for making this a really awesome fun place to work. I’m hoping for many more … or early retirement! :).”

Environment Enhancement Project (EEP)

Rider Linden hasn’t been able to progress the new Windlight environment enhancement due to a combination of working on other things and being on vacation.

Feature Request: llGetObjectDetails() constant OBJECT_CREATION_KEY

This feature request – BUG-100487 – formed the backbone of the Simulator UG meeting on Tuesday, July 11th. It comes of the back of a multiple feature request (BUG-9666), although the other two items requested in that JIRA are seen as potential abuse vectors, and unlikely to be adopted.

The ability to have an non-changeable object creation key could have significant benefits, as outlined in the JIRA. Currently, the JIRA has been accepted by the Lab – meaning the idea is of interest to them, but does not necessarily mean it will be implemented.