SL project updates 29/1: server, viewer

Ash Falls, Picture Perfect; Inara Pey, July 2017, on Flickr Ash Fallsblog post

Server Deployments Week #29

Please refer to the deployment notice for the week for latest updates and news.

  • On Tuesday, July 18th, the Main (SLS) channel received a new server maintenance package, #17.07.11.327548, comprising the new server operating system update, which had been on test on the Magnum and Cake RC over the last couple of months.  This update should include an update to allow DJ boards to work, however, any scripts which have not been updated to meet the new requirements may not work
  • On Wednesday, July 19th the RC channels should be updated as follows:
    • BlueSteel and LeTigre received a new server maintenance package (#17.07.17.327657) containing internal fixes
    • Magnum should also received a new server maintenance package (#17.07.13.327620), also comprising internal fixes.

SL Viewer

The Maintenance RC viewer updated on Monday, July 17th to version 5.0.7.327587. All other viewer in the LL pipelines remain as per the end of week #28:

  • Current Release version 5.0.6.326593, released May 26th, promoted June 20th – formerly the AssetHTTP RC viewer – overview
  • Release channel cohorts:
    • Project Alex Ivy 64-bit viewer version 5.1.0.507006 dated on June 30th
    • Voice RC viewer, version 5.0.7.327253 dated June 23rd.
  • Project viewers:
  • Obsolete platform viewer version 3.7.28.300847 dated May 8th, 2015 – provided for users on Windows XP and OS X versions below 10.7.

Other Items

Firestorm 4.7.7 will be blocked on July 19th, so users on that version will need to update before then. Why Firestorm blocks older versions.

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

Gale Storm Retreat, Aphrodisia Isle; Inara Pey, June 2017, on Flickr Gale Storm Retreatblog post

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 #17.06.12.327066, 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 #17.06.23.327344. This contains internal fixes, and an update to the week #25 deployment (#17.06.19.327206). 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 #17.07.11.327548 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 5.0.6.326593, dated May 26th, promoted June 20 – formerly the AssetHTTP RC viewer – overview
  • Release channel cohorts:
    • Project Alex Ivy 64-bit viewer version 5.1.0.507006 dated on June 30th
    • Maintenance RC viewer version 5.0.7.327250 dated on June 22nd
    • Voice RC viewer, version 5.0.7.327253 dated June 23rd
  • Project viewers:
  • Obsolete platform viewer version 3.7.28.300847 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.

SL project updates 27/1: server, viewer, misc

Simbelmyne blog post

Server Deployments Week 27

As always, please refer to the server deployment thread for the latest updates.

  • There was no deployment to the Main (SLS) channel on Tuesday, July 4th, and it remains on simulator version #17.06.12.327066. However the bi-weekly restart did take place.
  • On Wednesday, July 5th, the RC channels should be updated as follows:
    • BlueSteel and LeTigre will remain on simulator version #17.06.23.327344. This contains internal fixes, and an update to the week #25 deployment (#17.06.19.327206 )
    • Magnum should receive a server maintenance package (#17.06.29.327400) comprising the ongoing OS system update for the simulators.

DJ Boards Issue – Magnum RC

The original deployment of this OS update to Magnum resulted in breakages to scripts used by various streaming service DJ boards (as noted in BUG-10073 and also in the forums). An initial attempt to fix the issue was made in June, but wasn’t entirely successful. The Magnum deployment (#17.06.29.327400) above contains a revised fix for the problem.

SL Viewer

The Project Alex Ivy 64- bit viewer moved to release candidate status with the release of version 5.1.0.507006 on June 30th.

The 360-degree snapshot project viewer updated to version 5.1.0.506743 on June 29th. This version still does not correctly define images for 360-degree playback on Flickr (tag must be manually set). I have a hands-on look at the updated viewer: Second Life 360 degree snapshots hands on II.

The rest of the viewer pipeline is as follows:

  • Current Release version 5.0.6.326593, released on May 26th, promoted June 20th – formerly the AssetHTTP RC viewer – overview
  • Release channel cohort:
  • Obsolete platform viewer version 3.7.28.300847 dated May 8, 2015 – provided for users on Windows XP and OS X versions below 10.7.

User Group Meetings

  • There is no Simulator User Group meeting on Tuesday, July 4th due to the US Independence Day holiday.
  • The Content Creator User Group will be meeting on Thursday, July 6th, rather than being held over to allow for the Lab’s internal start-of-month meeting.

SL project updates 26/1: server, viewer, misc

Grumpity (l) and Oz Linden at SL14B, Thursday, June 22nd – transcript with audio and video

Server Deployments Week 25

As always, please refer to the server deployment thread for the latest updates.

  • There was no deployment to the Main (SLS) channel on Tuesday, June 27th.
  • On Wednesday, June 28th, the RC channels should be updated as follows:
    • BlueSteel and LeTigre should receive the same server maintenance package (#17.06.23.327344) containing internal fixes, and an update to the week #25 deployment (#17.06.19.327206 )
    • Magnum should receive a server maintenance package (#17.06.23.327348) comprising the ongoing OS system update for the simulators, which should have no visible functional changes.

SL Viewer

The Maintenance RC viewer updated to version 5.0.7.327250 on Thursday, June 22nd, and the Voice RC viewer updated to version 5.0.7.327253 on Friday, June 2rd. Both of these changes were to bring the two RC viewers to parity with the current release viewer.

This leaves the rest of the viewer pipelines as:

  • Release version: version 5.0.6.326593, released on May 26, promoted June 20 – formerly the AssetHTTP RC viewer
  • Project viewers:
    • 360 Snapshot viewer version 5.1.0.506488, dated June 19th (will not provide snapshots with the correct metadata for displayed is 360 images on Flickr)
    • Project Alex Ivy 64-bit viewer version 5.1.0.505089 dated May 11th
  • Obsolete platform viewer version 3.7.28.300847 dated May 8th, 2015 – provided for users on Windows XP and OS X versions below 10.7.

Enhanced Environment Project

The details of what is to be included in this project to enhance the Windlight capabilities in Second Life (such as by making them inventory assets) are still be being Sorted. However, during the last simulator User Group meeting where they were discussed, the pre-Windlight volumetric style of clouds was raised. Rider Linden has since poked into the code (and is still poking at it), and had this to say on the matter:

I’m still looking into what we’d need for the volumetric clouds. According to legend, in “The Before Time”, we had volumetric clouds… but there were problems in the algorithm that caused every region to end up with one big cloud hanging over the centre.

Note this does not mean volumetric clouds (which the pre-Second Life version of Windlight was said to be able to support) will be a part of the project. Rather, Rider is looking at what was alongside of what has already been outlined as what is likely to be for the environment enhancements.

SL Golf Issues

There  have been ongoing problems across a number of SL golf courses since around May. These broadly tend to fall into two categories which may or may not be related:

  • The region terrain /water height appears to be adjusting itself
  • There seem to be terrain / mesh physics issues.

Both are resulting in unpredictable behaviour / physics issues on golf courses, a typical example being (and witnessed first-hand), a golf ball striking the overall between a mesh green surround and the terrain around it can result in the golf ball falling through both the mesh and the ground beneath it (as indicated by its contrail marker), disappearing deep into the “water” under the terrain (see also BUG-100693 for examples of issues).

The problem is this issues appear random and cannot be easily reproduced at any one golf course / hole with any predictability. So, if you are playing a round of golf and encounter these types of problems could you please take time out from your game, grab your viewer log files, and add a comment to BUG-100693, appending your log files and stating which course you were using at the time of the incident, what happened the hole you were on, what happened (and a screen shot of anything relevant)  and a SLurl to the location / course.

Oz and Grumpity Talk Second Life

At the SL14B Meet the Lindens, Oz and Grumpity Linden – respectively the Director of Engineering for Second Life and the Director of Product for Second Life, discussed the platform, recent projects and gave a look into the immediate future.

If you missed the discussion, you can find the video on the official Second Life video channel, and I have a transcript of “selected highlights” from the session (all the core questions and answers), complete with audio extracts of their answers.