SL project updates week #49: server, viewer, e-mail verification

Borneo; Inara Pey, November 2017, on FlickrBorneoblog post

Server Deployments

  • On Tuesday, December 5th, the Main (SLS) channel was updated with the server maintenance package  17#17.11.17.510835, previously deployed the three RC channels. This comprises:
    • IMs sent to an off-line resident will only be sent to verified email addresses.
    • Internal Changes to Outgoing Emails.
  • On Wednesday, December 6th, the three RC channels should be updates with a new server maintenance package, 17#17.12.01.511131, comprising “internal improvements”.

E-mail Verification

The Main (SLS) server deployment sees a further step in the Lab’s plan to reduce the volume of e-mail traffic it generates by only sending e-mails to those addresses Second Life users have actually verified as being valid with Linden Lab (see Making Email From Second Life (More) Reliable).

With this deployment, and if you have not verified your preferred SL-related e-mail address with Linden Lab, you will no longer receive off-line IMs as e-mails. So, if you haven’t already done so, ad wish to continue receiving off-line IMs as e-mails from wherever they originate in-world, make sure you have verified the e-mail address recorded in your viewer  with Linden Lab. Should you require detailed instructions on how to do this, please refer to my blog post Important: verifying your e-mail address with Second life.

SL Viewer

The Project Render Viewer updated to version 5.1.0.510978 on December 4th (although the wiki page still lists it as dated November 30th). All other viewers remain unchanged from week #48 at the time of writing:

e have been no SL viewer updates since the end of week #45, leaving the current viewer pipelines as follows:

  • Current Release version 5.0.9.329906, dated November 17, promoted November 29th – formerly the “Martini” Maintenance RC
  • Release channel cohorts:
    • Wolfpack RC viewer arrived, version 5.0.10.330001, released on November 30.
    • Alex Ivy 64-bit viewer, version 5.1.0.511060, December 1.
    • Voice RC viewer, version 5.0.8.328552, October 20 (still dated Sept 1 on the wiki page).
  • Project viewers:
  • 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.

Marketplace Listings Issues

For the last 10 tens there have been on-going issues with Marketplace items becoming unlisted/ associated with their related items. The issues have been subject to continuing investigation. The Lab has also been attempting to recover listings as investigations have continued. On Monday, December 4th, the Grid Status Page was updated:

Identified – We have identified a solution to this matter and are actively working through the support cases and JIRA tickets that have been submitted. If you have been affected by the issue (Marketplace listings unlisting) and have not reported it to us yet, please file a support case. Thank you again for your patience as we slay this dragon.

To which Oz Linden added, during the Simulator User Group on Tuesday, December 5th:

We found and fixed some problems and repaired many listings. I won’t claim we found all problems because I have no way to be sure of that (ever) … Anyone who lost a listing should file a support ticket. We have a process in place to recover the listings we can. So far I believe that’s most of them.

Enhanced Environment Project

Rider Linden is working on the Enhanced Environmental Project (EEP), which comprises a number of changes to how environmental (Windlight) settings are handle. They include the ability to define the environment (sky, sun, moon, clouds, water settings) at the parcel level; a new environment asset type that can be stored in inventory and traded through the Marketplace / exchanged with others; scripted, experience-based environment functions, an extended day cycle and extended environmental parameters.

This work, which involves both viewer and server-side updates, is generally part of my CCUG meeting updates. However, Rider is still considering how best to convert existing custom Windlight settings people have created into inventory assets. If anyone has any ideas on how to make this work, to please file a JIRA for the Enhanced Environmental Project, and ask in the description that it be brought to his attention.

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SL project updates week #48/1: server, e-mail verification, viewer

Malal's Autumn; Inara Pey, November 2017, on FlickrMalal’s Autumnblog post

Server Deployments Week #48

  • There was no deployment on the Main (SLS) channel on Tuesday, November 28th, leaving servers running simulator version 17#17.11.11.510664.
  • On Wednesday, November 29th, the three RC channels should be updated with a new server maintenance package 17#17.11.17.510835, comprising:
    • IMs sent to an off-line resident will only be sent to verified email addresses.
    • Internal Changes to Outgoing Emails.

E-mail Verification

The RC server deployment sees a further step in the Lab’s plan to reduce the volume of e-mail traffic it generates by only sending e-mails to those addresses Second Life users have actually verified as being valid with Linden Lab (see Making Email From Second Life (More) Reliable).

With this deployment, and if you have not verified your preferred SL-related e-mail address with Linden Lab, you will no longer receive off-line IMs as e-mails sent from users on any regions using the RC channels. Further, once this change is deployed to the Main (SLS) channel, you will no longer receive off-line IMs as e-mails at all until such time as you have verified your SL-related e-mail address with the Lab.

So, if you haven’t already done so, ad wish to continue receiving off-line IMs as e-mails from wherever they originate in-world, make sure you have verified the e-mail address recorded in your viewer  with Linden Lab. Should you require detailed instructions on how to do this, please refer to my blog post Important: verifying your e-mail address with Second life.

SL Viewer

There have been no SL viewer updates thus far, leaving the current viewer pipelines as follows:

  • Current Release version 5.0.8.329115, dated September 22, promoted October 13 – formerly the “Moonshine” Maintenance RC.
  • Release channel cohorts:
    • Martini Maintenance RC viewer, version 5.0.9.329906 November 17th.
    • Alex Ivy 64-bit viewer, version 5.1.0.510354, November 2nd (still dated Sept 5th on the wiki page).
    • Voice RC viewer, version 5.0.8.328552, October 20 (still dated Sept 1 on the wiki page).
  • 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.

 

SL project updates week #47: server, viewer, No Copy exploits update

Gallant Estates; Inara Pey, November 2017, on FlickrGallant Estatesblog post

Server Deployments

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

  • On Tuesday, November 21st the Main (SLS) channel was updated with server maintenance package #17.11.11.510664, previously deployed to the RC channels. This comprises internal fixes and a user-visible fix for BUG-139176, “Issue with OBJECT_REZZER_KEY reporting incorrectly after linking and delinking prims.”
  • There will be no deployment to the RC channels on Wednesday, November 22nd, also leaving them on  server maintenance package #17.11.11.510664.

SL Viewer

  • Current Release version 5.0.8.329115, dated September 22, promoted October 13 – formerly the “Moonshine” Maintenance RC.
  • Release channel cohorts (please see my notes on manually installing RC viewer versions if you wish to install any release candidate(s) yourself):
    • Martini Maintenance RC viewer, version 5.0.9.329906 November 17.
    • Alex Ivy 64-bit viewer, version 5.1.0.510354, November 2 (still dated Sept 5 on the wiki page).
    • Voice RC viewer, version 5.0.8.328552, October 20 (still dated Sept 1 on the wiki page).
  • Project viewers:
  • 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.

No Copy Exploits

One area of concern / upset for content creators has been the use of server exploits to generate copies of No-Copy items. While a long-standing problem, the issue has gained a lot more coverage of late due to the frequency with people have been using various exploits to illegal copy and then sell gacha items.

It is also a problem the Lab has been very aware of, and in my SL project update from week #43 (October 24th, 2017), a set of server-side updates were deployed grid wide in an attempt to address some of these problems – and work is continuing to address more of them.

However, the work does take time, and some creators are feeling frustration with the time being taken, and responses to things like Abuse Reports  (which can take time to investigate). On the technical front, and speaking at the Simulator User Group on Tuesday, November 21st, Simon Linden said:

I know you all want more info and details but I’m sorry that I just can’t get into what’s been done, what’s going on now or the future. I can say, however, that we really take it seriously and are actively working on the problem. Please do keep filing the reports with any info you have. I know support tickets don’t give much feedback on what’s going on, but these are taken seriously.

To which Oz Linden added:

Other considerations aside, it would be difficult to talk about details without giving hints about what we do and don’t know about what bad guys are up to. We know quite a lot, and are working hard on it, but there’s no reason to leak information we don’t need to.

So, to repeat Simon’s comments, if a creator notices that their items have been exploited, a JIRA Bug report an / or an Abuse Report should be raised.

SL project updates week #46: server viewer

Khodovarikha; Inara Pey, October 2017, on Flickr Khodovarikhablog post

Server Deployments

  • There was not deployment on the Main (SLS) channel on Tuesday, November 14th, leaving servers running simulator version #17.10.06.509394.
  • On Wednesday, November 15th, the three RC channels should be updated with a new server maintenance package #17.11.11.510664, comprising internal fixes and a user-visible fix for BUG-139176, “Issue with OBJECT_REZZER_KEY reporting incorrectly after linking and delinking prims.”

SL Viewer

There have been no SL viewer updates since the end of week #45, leaving the current viewer pipelines as follows:

  • Current Release version 5.0.8.329115, dated September 22, promoted October 13 – formerly the “Moonshine” Maintenance RC.
  • Release channel cohorts (please see my notes on manually installing RC viewer versions if you wish to install any release candidate(s) yourself):
    • Maintenance RC viewer, version 5.0.9.329795 November 8.
    • Alex Ivy 64-bit viewer, version 5.1.0.510354, November 2 (still dated Sept 5 on the wiki page).
    • Voice RC viewer, version 5.0.8.328552, October 20 (still dated Sept 1 on the wiki page).
  • Project viewers:
  • 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. This viewer will remain available for as long as reasonable, but will not be updated with new features or bug fixes.

Animesh Mod Keys Proposal

One of the major subjects of discussion with Animesh is enabling attachments to be added to existing Animesh objects. In short, many pets and characters are created as No Modify objects, to help protect their capabilities. Thus, as No Mod objects, Animesh characters cannot be accessorized (the owner of an Animesh horse cannot add  / remove a saddle from an Animesh horse, for example). As Piscine Mackenzie explains in the forum, with highlights by Medhue Simoni, making Animesh pets  / characters Modify opens them to the risk of exploitation.

To this end, the Content Creation User Group has been a focus of discussion on overcoming this problem (see here and here). One proposal for handling the issue, which would also allow for broader capabilities, has been put forward via feature request BUG-139168. However, this could take some time to implement, delaying Animesh.

As an alternative, Vir Linden put forward the idea of a scripted mod key capability which would allow attachments to be linked and unlinked from an Animesh object, and more recently he has expanded on this idea with an outline proposal. This could provide a suitable foundation for allowing Animesh to move forward with a link / unlink capability, allowing further capabilities for a broader range of use cases to be added later.

Vir’s proposal will most likely be a core subject of discussion at the next Content Creation User Group meeting on Thursday, November 14th, 2017.

Breedable Issues

The HTTP updates earlier in 2017 resulted in issues with ABC horses being unable to give birth, which came down to the volume and timing of requests being made by the horses (see BUG-134275). The issue was eventually fixed by the horse maker making some changes in the number and timing of the requests sent by each horse, and by a server-side change in how the requests were authenticated.

However, issues have been noted on some regions breeding Stray Cats. It’s not clear if this  a similar issue, or something else. Those experiencing similar issues might want to raise a JIRA so the Lab can investigate and advise whether the creators of their breedable animals need to make an adjustment to their scripting.