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2019-11-05
Rex-1.7.0

The Rex-1.7.0 release is now available on CPAN.

2019-07-02
Deprecating official Rex packages

As part of our efforts to simplify maintenance around RexOps projects, we have decided to stop building Rex packages on our side. We recommend relying on OS packages maintained by the various distributions in their respective upstream repositories, or to install Rex from CPAN.

2019-06-09
Post-migration updates & clean-up

Over the course of the past weeks many clean-ups have been done, reaping the benefits provided by our new Statocles-based site:

2019-05-19
New site engine for rexify.org

After months of work on a new site backend, we reached the MVP today for our site to be switched over to a new engine: from now on, our site will be maintained using the static site generator Statocles.

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Release notes for 0.55.0

These are the changes in the 0.55.0 release.

We want to thank every contributor who made this release possible. We also welcome Denis Silakov and Graham Todd as new contributors.

Common

Pack rex with PAR

Now it is possible to create a self-contained binary from a Rex project with:

$ rexify --bundle

This will create one "large" binary out of the Rex project. This binary can be copied to other systems (with the same architecture and compatible glibc). It doesn't need perl on those system.

Once copied, the binary can be executed with the normal rex parameters, for example:

# list the bundled tasks
$ ./rex-bundle -T

# run the bundled setup task
$ ./rex-bundle setup

# run the bundled setup task on server 1.2.3.4
$ ./rex-bundle -H 1.2.3.4 -u root -p pass setup

Known issues: currently this seem to only work for 64-bit systems.

Use Net::OpenSSH as default if possible

If the '0.55' feature flag is enabled, then Net::OpenSSH and Net::SFTP::Foreign would be used by default, provided they found on the system.

use Rex -feature => ['0.55'];

Initial ROSA systems support

ROSA Enterprise Server is based of RHEL with minor editions, while ROSA Desktop is based on old Mandriva, and is similar to Mageia from Rex's point of view. Denis Silakov managed to make most Rex commands work on ROSA Server and ROSA Desktop. Kudos!

Virtualization

rex-kvm-agent

KVM doesn't have a VM agent yet (like VMware, VirtualBox), so it is sometimes impossible to get internal information about them (like the IP of a VM while using bridged networking).

To solve this, we wrote a small agent that can be installed inside a KVM machine. When the VM is created we create a serial adapter that is bound to a TCP port on the host (127.0.0.1). Then rex can communicat via this serial port with the rex-kvm-agent instance running inside the VM.

You can find rex-kvm-agent in its own repository.

Bugfixes

Common

Virtualization

Rex::Test

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