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News

2021-07-05
Rex-1.13.4

The Rex-1.13.4 release is now available on CPAN. It contains documentation updates, and a fix for inconsistent behavior between the content and source options of the file command.

2021-03-05
Rex-1.13.3

The Rex-1.13.3 release is now available on CPAN. It contains documentation updates, and a fix for debconf parsing. Behind the scenes, CI was migrated over to GitHub Actions as well.

2020-12-05
Rex-1.13.2

The Rex-1.13.2 release is now available on CPAN. It contains only documentation updates, mostly for the built-in template capabilities, but also fixes a few typos.

2020-11-05
Rex-1.13.1

Happy 10th birthday, Rex!

The Rex-1.13.1 release is now available on CPAN. It is focusing on CMDB bugfixes and documentation, while also fixing a missing feature flag. Upgrade is recommended for all users.

2020-10-05
Rex-1.13.0

The Rex-1.13.0 release is now available on CPAN. It adds on_no_change hooks for file management commands to trigger further actions when files are left unchanged. Upgrade is recommended for all users.

Events

2021-03-08
Learning automation using Rex

Ferenc Erki (FErki) will be the guest of Gábor Szabó on the next Code Maven live stream to learn about automation using Rex. Register for the free event via Code Maven or Meetup, and join the discussion!

2020-03-05
Unexpected use cases with Rex

Unexpected use cases with Rex at the 22nd German Perl/Raku Workshop 2020 in Erlangen by Ferenc Erki (FErki).

2019-11-09
Rex & Friends

Rex & Friends talk at the Barcelona Perl & Friends 2019 by Ferenc Erki (FErki).

» Home » Docs » Release notes » Release notes for 1.3.2

Release notes for 1.3.2

This is a bugfix release, upgrade is recommended for all users.

Shortly after releasing 1.3.0, we followed it up with 1.3.1, fixing a Rex::Commands::DB related testing bug, that slipped through our test suite.

During that work we also discovered another bug, that was affecting BSD users since 1.2.1. The solution was to refactor the MD5 checksum calculation method, that is being used during e.g. file change detection.

Among other smaller improvements mentioned below, the fix for this issue is now being released as 1.3.2.

Since we're keen to continuously improve our QA processes, we also added new tests that could catch similar issues in the future, as part of this fix.

Special thanks for stephanj on IRC who helped a lot with testing those changes and suggesting further modifications.

Enhancements

MD5 calculation

We replaced the previous MD5 checksum calculation method basically with perl one-liners. According to our benchmarks this method provides an overall better performance, while remaining OS-agnostic and memory efficient. Since this function is used in many places, we are looking forward to improve it further.

Documentation

We also decided to include a typo fix to the documentation of this release.

General

Based on the feedback from stephanj via IRC, we improved detection of environment-specific files, and also cleaned up useless which perl calls on Windows, by using the built-on can_run instead. Plus there were some test cleanups.

Bugfixes

Rex::Commands::DB test fixes

Now t/db.t should properly skip tests when some prerequisite is missing.

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