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SME Server 7.2
« on: July 22, 2007, 09:53:26 PM »
Announcement for 7.2

SME Server 7.2 Release Announcement

July 22 2007

The SME Server development team is pleased to announce the release of
SME Server 7.2. This release is based on CentOS 4.5 and all packages
have been updated to the latest releases.

This release contains many new features, all released updates for
SME Server 7.1 and fixes for many reported problems. Upgrades
will be available by CD, the Software Installer and command line.

All users should upgrade to this release.

The release should be obtained from your closest mirror, see

Please report any issues with the SME Server to the bug tracker,
and only there:


Please Note
At the time of the release planetmirror is out of sync and should
not be used. This is being worked on currently.

Also the official ISO is now in /releases/7/iso/i386 and not
in /releases/7/iso

The development team would like to thank all of those involved in
this release. However, this distribution cannot continue with the
current level of support. More people are required to help with
bug triage and verification testing.


- Always perform a backup prior to major system upgrades

- An upgrade will preserve the existing data

Changes in this release

Virus/Spam Scanning
- The FuzzyOCR spamassassin plugin has been enabled to detect image spam
- An X-Virus-Checked header is now added to mail when it is virus scanned
- sa-update is now run daily to download the latest SpamAssassin rules
- The "freshclam: Update failed" mail now shows the recent history of
  the freshclam update process
- The mail server now defers delivery if clamd is unavailable
- Clamd and spamassassin have been updated to the latest releases

Other mail system changes
- Attempts to mail to invalid users now show "Relaying denied"
  instead of "Invalid recipient"
- The qpsmtpd "terse" log plugin is now used, which results in a single
  line summarising each mail
- The qplogsumm.pl tool has been added, which generates mail system
  plugin statistics in /var/log/qpsmtpd/state
- The DNS blacklist plugin would occasionally return "False positive"
  results for multiple overlapping requests. This has been corrected.
- It is now possible to tune the memory limit for qpsmtpd
- Disclaimer plugin added to allow footers in internal to external mails

Disk redundancy
- The default disk layout has changed. A hot spare drive is
  automatically created if the system has more than two drives.
  A new boot option "nospare" has been added if you are certain that
  you do not want to create the spare. You should only use this option
  if you are aware of the consequences of running without a hot spare.
- Errors from add_drive_to_raid are now displayed in the console
- Adding drives with invalid partition tables now works without a reboot
- Attempts to manually add RAID devices to systems without RAID shows an error

Remote Access
- It is now possible to set the TCP port for SSH sessions from the
  Remote Access panel. Note: Changing this port affects SSH, SFTP and SCP
- Issues with SFTP remote access have been corrected
- Users can be assigned fixed IP addresses with PPTP
    db accounts setprop fredfrog PPTPIP
    signal-event remoteaccess-update
- The PPTP link timeout has been increased to better handle unreliable links
- PPTP has been upgraded to the latest release

- USB backup and restore has been added to the console on a fresh install
- The tape reminder mail can now be sent to a user other than admin
    config setprop backup reminderEmail fredfrog
- Backup to desktop no longer affects the BackupType set for tape backups
- Restores of MySQL databases with binary 'blobs' up to 16MB are now
  supported by default (previous was 1MB). To change the setting:
    config setprop mysqld MaxAllowedPacket 20MB

- Swedish translations have been added
- The Spanish translations have been updated
- The online manual link now points to the manual in the chosen browser
  language, if such a manual exists
- The en-au and en-nz browser languages are now supported

Software Installer
- The pacific.net.au mirror has been added as a mirror location. Many
  thanks to all of our mirrors.
- It is possible to limit visibility of updates to specific patterns or
  repositories (see http://bugs.contribs.org/show_bug.cgi?id=2416 for details)

- Horde, imp, turbo and ingo have been updated to the latest versions

- Further validation has been added for the Gateway IP to ensure that
  it is on the same network as the External IP address

Server manager
- The new session-based login to the server-manager now works correctly
  on servers where port 80 is blocked
- The user-password panel now correctly enforces the user password policy
- I-bay assignment when a name appears in Domains and Hostnames and Addresses
  now gives preference to the domain setting

- More template options are available to support more UPS models
  (see http://bugs.contribs.org/show_bug.cgi?id=2791 for details)

Other fixes and updates
- Many changes have been made in preparation for migration to CentOS5
- We are now using the CentOS 4 php-pear modules instead of our own builds
- runit was upgraded to the latest release
  - The runsvctrl command has been replaced by the much simpler 'sv' command
- The server-only firewall code now respects UDPPort configuration settings
- The "use client driver" setting in smb.conf was corrected
- An apostrophe in the last name caused aliases to be undeletable
- The hostnames description on the Hostnames and Addresses page was corrected
- Some log warnings from FormMagick were removed
- Unused openldap PID files are no longer created
- Various minor text corrections to the console
- The version number has been removed from the installer splash screen
- It is no longer possible to quit form the initial configuration wizard
  before configuring the system
- The radius templates have been reorganised to simplify extension
- The templates.metadata settings can now be provided by a directory of files
- templates.metadata now provides an option to delete unwanted expansions
- The /etc/pam.d/login fragments have been corrected
- The gauge console widget now allows the --clear action to be optional
- The e-smith-service wrapper initscript filename match has been tightened
- Empty dnscache forwarder entries are ignored
- The CD no longer says "DVD" in the media check screen
- Many old dungog contribs were incompatible, untested or replaced with
  SME Server 7.x features. These packages are now automatically removed
  on upgrades

General features

- Based on CentOS 4.5 and all available updates

Foot Notes

- A complete list work included in this release can be found here:

Please visit http://www.smeserver.org/donate/ to donate.

You can subscribe to the updatesannounce emails from

Lastly, we would like to extend the call again for others to help in
validating bug reports and helping the development team get updates
verified. The more help we can get, the better quality we can provide.
If you are willing to actively participate then join at http://lists.contribs.org/mailman/listinfo/updatesteam


Ian Wells
on behalf of the development team

Offline slords

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SME Server 7.2
« Reply #1 on: July 23, 2007, 06:26:42 AM »
If you run into problems upgrading with yum please first try the instructions in the warning box that are described as part of:

"Programming today is a race between software engineers striving to build bigger and better idiot-proof programs,
and the Universe trying to produce bigger and better idiots. So far, the Universe is winning." -- Rich Cook

Offline slords

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SME Server 7.2
« Reply #2 on: July 24, 2007, 04:46:21 PM »
If you are receiving "HTTP Error 404: Not Found" errors when trying to update via yum this usually means that your metadata is outdated.  In order to fix this you can issue the following command:

yum clean all

There are other posts out there that suggest yum clean metadata.  This is redundant as that is done as part of a yum clean all.
"Programming today is a race between software engineers striving to build bigger and better idiot-proof programs,
and the Universe trying to produce bigger and better idiots. So far, the Universe is winning." -- Rich Cook