[Gluster-Maintainers] [Gluster-devel] Release 4.0: Release notes (please read and contribute)

Ravishankar N ravishankar at redhat.com
Fri Feb 2 15:26:11 UTC 2018

On 02/01/2018 11:02 PM, Shyam Ranganathan wrote:
> On 01/29/2018 05:10 PM, Shyam Ranganathan wrote:
>> Hi,
>> I have posted an initial draft version of the release notes here [1].
>> I would like to *suggest* the following contributors to help improve and
>> finish the release notes by 06th Feb, 2017. As you read this mail, if
>> you feel you cannot contribute, do let us know, so that we can find the
>> appropriate contributors for the same.
> Reminder (1)
> Request a response if you would be able to provide the release notes.
> Release notes itself can come in later.
> Helps plan for contingency in case you are unable to generate the
> required notes.
> Thanks!
>> NOTE: Please use the release tracker to post patches that modify the
>> release notes, the bug ID is *1539842* (see [2]).
>> 1) Aravinda/Kotresh: Geo-replication section in the release notes
>> 2) Kaushal/Aravinda/ppai: GD2 section in the release notes
>> 3) Du/Poornima/Pranith: Performance section in the release notes
>> 4) Amar: monitoring section in the release notes
>> Following are individual call outs for certain features:
>> 1) "Ability to force permissions while creating files/directories on a
>> volume" - Niels
>> 2) "Replace MD5 usage to enable FIPS support" - Ravi, Amar

+ Kotresh who has done most (all to be precise) of the patches listed in 
https://github.com/gluster/glusterfs/issues/230 in case he would like to 
add anything.

There is a pending work for this w.r.t rolling upgrade support.  I hope 
to work on this next week, but I cannot commit anything looking at other 
things in my queue :(.
To add more clarity, for fresh setup (clients + servers) in 4.0, 
enabling FIPS works fine. But we need to handle case of old servers and 
new clients and vice versa. If this can be considered a bug fix, then 
here is my attempt at the release notes for this fix:

"Previously, if gluster was run on a FIPS enabled system, it used to 
crash because gluster used MD5 checksum in various places like self-heal 
and geo-rep. This has been fixed by replacing MD5 with SHA256 which is 
FIPS compliant."

I'm happy to update the above text in doc/release-notes/4.0.0.md and 
send it on gerrit for review.


>> 3) "Dentry fop serializer xlator on brick stack" - Du
>> 4) "Add option to disable nftw() based deletes when purging the landfill
>> directory" - Amar
>> 5) "Enhancements for directory listing in readdirp" - Nithya
>> 6) "xlators should not provide init(), fini() and others directly, but
>> have class_methods" - Amar
>> 7) "New on-wire protocol (XDR) needed to support iattx and cleaner
>> dictionary structure" - Amar
>> 8) "The protocol xlators should prevent sending binary values in a dict
>> over the networks" - Amar
>> 9) "Translator to handle 'global' options" - Amar
>> Thanks,
>> Shyam
>> [1] github link to draft release notes:
>> https://github.com/gluster/glusterfs/blob/release-4.0/doc/release-notes/4.0.0.md
>> [2] Initial gerrit patch for the release notes:
>> https://review.gluster.org/#/c/19370/
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