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Geneos Release Notes GA4.2

ITRS is pleased to announce the release of Geneos GA 4.2.x.

Geneos GA4.2 continues from our previous production release GA4.1. This release contains the highlights and set of issues fixed in the current release.

Released: 1 August 2017

Updated: 9 February 2018

Geneos version GA4.2.1 is available with fix for COL-6049 that resolves an issue where Disk plug-in inode columns show zero while waiting for NFS partition data. The fix for COL-5714 is also available which resolves an issue where Disk plug-in significantly increase virtual memory usage in NFS partition.

Updated: 24 August 2017

The new 64-bit Windows Netprobe binary is available to download from ITRS Downloads.

Updated: 17 August 2017

Geneos Web Server (Web Dashboard) version GA4.2.0 is available with fix for WEB-474 that resolves an issue with delays in updating the Web Dashboard browser interface.

Highlights

To view the highlights in the Geneos release, see What's New.

Notice of changes

Introduces changes to Geneos packages in GA4.0:

  • Name of the package file is geneos-<component>-<version>.<platform>.<tar.gz/zip>
    • For example, geneos-netprobe-4.0.0.solaris-x64.tar.gz.
  • Packages contains a root directory <component>.
  • Libraries are located within a sub-directory named lib or lib64:

GA4.2 introduces the following compatibility changes:

Notice of change Affected component Alternatives/Upgraded oath

Support for the following Plug-ins ended on 30 April, 2017. These plug-ins are now marked as deprecated:

  • Effix Status
  • Fix Analyser
  • Fix Cameron Status
  • Gissing
  • NYXT mama
  • RTIC Latency
  • SWX
  • TIB GSM
  • TIB Tic
  • Tib View
  • Triarch Latency
  • UL Bridge

 

Netprobe
  • Effix Status — no replacement
  • Fix Analyser — upgrade to Fix Anlayser 2
  • Fix Cameron Status — no replacement
  • Gissing — upgrade to TR ConteX
  • NYXT mama — no replacement
  • RTIC Latency — upgrade to Market Data Monitor (MDM)
  • SWX — no replacement
  • TIB GSM — no replacement
  • TIB Tic — no replacement
  • Tib View — no replacement
  • Triarch Latency — no replacement
  • UL Bridge — upgrade to ULLink integration to Geneos provided by ULLink
     

Deprecated features are no longer supported by ITRS, but users can continue to use them if they wish. Users should avoid depending on any deprecated features as they may be removed in any future releases. For more information, see Geneos Compatibility Matrix.

Issues fixed

These are the issues fixed, such as bug and story, in the release:

Issue type Issue key Release component Release description
Enhancement GSE-1503 Active Console 2 Gateway Setup Editor supports copying named setup items to the system clipboard XML as XML and pasting such items from the clipboard. This allows setup items to be copied from one setup to another. .
Bug GSE-1504 Active Console 2, Gateway Setup Editor A single star no longer causes display issues in Path Editor.
Enhancement GSE-1505 Active Console 2, Gateway Setup Editor Fixes incorrect defaults listed in the attached document.
Bug GSE-1350 Active Console 2, Gateway Setup Editor Pop up dialog box for XML settings are constrained to 2/3 of screen height when packed. This enables scrollbars to become active when adding many rows. Border adjusted for table settings panel to allow space for scrollbars.
Enhancement GSE-1424 Active Console 2, Gateway Setup Editor Adds the ability to group Scheduled command in "Scheduled command Groups". These groups allow for better management and support the standard GSE group disable feature.
Bug GSE-1290 Active Console 2, Gateway Setup Editor For settings, such as string list variables where a dialog box of table settings is popped up, the dialog will be restricted 2/3 of the screen height when it is redrawn.
Bug GSE-1502 Active Console 2, Gateway Setup Editor Editing the top level include file settings in XML mode could previously lead to an internal error which rendered the GSE inoperable.
Bug GSE-1185 Active Console 2, Gateway Setup Editor

When some types of error are detected by the Gateway Setup Editor (GSE) in an include file, the linkage needed to allow the error to be shown in context was not previously saved correctly. This affected the Rule Editor and XML editor components of GSE.

For example, deleting a required keyword in the rule block of a rule defined in a setup include file would generate an error which, when double-clicked in the GSE error dockable, would be reported against an unrelated part of the main setup file.

Bug GSE-1243 Active Console 2, Gateway Setup Editor Pop up dialog box for XML settings are constrained to 2/3 of screen height when packed. This enables scrollbars to become active when adding many rows. Border adjusted for table settings panel to allow space for scrollbars.
Enhancement GSE-1137 Active Console 2, Gateway Setup Editor The "Evaluate Alert" dialog box is of fixed size which makes it difficult to use when a lot of results are returned. The dialog is now resizeable to make it easier to navigate the results.
Bug GSE-1281, GSE-1054, GSE-1426, GSE-1446, GSE-1236 Active Console 2, Gateway Setup Editor

Enhances the code input sections of the following plug-ins:

  • gateway-valoStreamData : streams > stream > query
  • gateway-sql : views > view > sql
  • gateway-sql : setupSql > sql
  • gateway-sql : sqmpleSql > sql
  • toolkit : script > contents
  • sql-toolkit : queries > query > sql
  • market-data-monitor : inline files > content and parameters
  • market-data-monitor : parameters

Size is now bigger by default. Size changes still occur when text is typed. Scrollbars correctly update as the data is changed. Also changed other multiline text entry boxes so that scroll bars no longer obscure text. Changes to schema are purely annotation so that, Old GSEs can use new schemas with no loss of functionality. Use of new GSE with old gateways will not show not of the resizing of the code sections listed above as these require a schema change.

Bug GSE-1456 Active Console 2, Gateway Setup Editor In GSE warning for no samplers or types in a managed entity, the GSE no longer highlights the probe field.
Bug GSE-1464 Active Console 2, Gateway Setup Editor Double-clicking on item error now only take the user to the item and does not highlight any sub part of the item. This is correct as the item is at fault not any sub part that can be identified in the GSE.
Bug GWX-2858 Active Console 2, Gateway Setup Editor, Gateway, Netprobe, Fix Analyser 2

The new script that generates version information for GA release was updated to also include git (code repository) specific information. The required information is embedded into the binary and can be viewed when running the command (on non-windows) {binary_name} -version.

The schema version used by GSE should always be the latest version embedded in gateway or netprobe. The schema version is now retrieved from the latest git commit date of the codes instead of using a sequential 6 digit number.

Enhancement ACX-4430 Active Console 2, Gateway Setup Editor

You can now remove path elements in droppeditem and followselection paths as well as append. Three new path manipulation functions have been added:

  • Remove ( ...)
  • RemoveAfter ( .. )
  • RemoveBefore ( ...)
Enhancement ACX-4429 Active Console 2, Gateway Setup Editor You can use follow section paths on dashboards. This allows the contents of a dashboard to update as you click around the console (state tree, gateway and list views). These can also be added to user defined tools allowing much more general tools to be added to the palette.
Bug ACX-4416 Active Console 2, Gateway Setup Editor You can add a cell element after an append, merge or replace in a GeneosURL. Before you had to artificially add a 'Table cell', then turn off auto complete and manually adjust the path.
Bug ACX-3504 Active Console 2, Gateway Setup Editor The Logging Success property is available in the Cell property list in the path editor.
Bug ACX-2798 Active Console 2, Gateway Setup Editor Fixes an issue in the path editor where the use of a ! and a * was not persisted correctly between path edits within the path editor.
Bug ACX-4350 Active Console 2, Gateway Setup Editor The Advanced path editor is no longer be used for Droppeditem and Userselection paths. These paths are not really xpath centric, but Geneos constructs so not suitable material for the advanced editor.
Bug ACX-4353 Active Console 2, Gateway Setup Editor A modifier linked to a non -numeric cell value will not change the border thickness, this is opposed to falling back to some default.
Enhancement ACX-4254 Active Console 2, Gateway Setup Editor X and Y position controls have been added for dashboard objects and the line thickness is now a text entry rather than a slider.
Bug ACX-3007 Active Console 2, Gateway Setup Editor Corrected minor Typos (this and cell) in the path editors.
Enhancement ACX-4348 Active Console 2, Gateway Setup Editor Any Leading and trailing spaces in modifier names are now removed at the time they are created.
Bug ACX-4352 Active Console 2, Gateway Setup Editor When a modifier that try's to apply a string to a X / Y / Height or width property is used no action will be taken. This is in contrast to the previous behavior where that property would be set to 0.
Enhancement ACX-3357 Active Console 2, Gateway Setup Editor This change closes metrics overview dockables when a window is closed. This prevents a build-up of hidden dockables which can possibly cause performance issues.
Enhancement ACX-3961 Active Console 2, Gateway Setup Editor This enhancement changes the default behavior to close the metric overview dockables when the window is closed. In addition, this enhancement adds a "Persistent Overview" check box to the overview metrics wizard (which is initially turned off). Since the default current behavior is that, when closed, the overview is terminated, turning "Persistent Overview" on prevents this.
Enhancement ACX-4188 Active Console 2, Gateway Setup Editor The legend version of a data set in an active chart now shows the correct transparency. Before if you made the data set line partially transparent the legend did not update in the same way.
Bug GWX-2611 Gateway If a command is triggered as part of an action, its environment will have the appropriate environment variables and userdata added.
Enhancement GWX-629 Gateway Gateway checks that GSE user will retain permission to edit setup.
Enhancement GFR-716 Gateway, Netprobe, EUEM Netprobe, Fix Analyser 2, Netprobe

Enhances Geneos connection security:

  • Netprobes can reject EMF2 connections that do not supply Valid SSL certificates
  • Gateways can reject Netprobe connections that do not supply Valid SSL certificates
  • Gateways can reject Secondary Gateway connections that do not supply Valid SSL certificates
  • Gateways can reject Importing Gateway connections that do not supply Valid SSL certificates
  • Netprobe's TRUSTED_GATEWAY_HOSTS is no longer limited to 300 chars

As part of this fixed an issue where Netprobe crashed with very large environment variable for TRUSTED_GATEWAY_HOSTS.

Enhancement GSE-1480 Gateway When performing a search in the GSE you can now choose whether to include disabled items in the results. If disabled items are included, they will be shown in strikethrough font, to distinguish them from enabled items. (In this context, "disabled items" includes items which are found in disabled sections of the setup.)
Bug GWX-1538 Gateway Rule targets are re-evaluated when a relevant managed entity attribute changes.
Enhancement GWX-1435 Gateway Allows you to use geneos stringList variables in the inList function. ShowRules also updated to show the contents of a stringList variable when hovered over.
Enhancement GWX-1534 Gateway

The Gateway on startup will attempt to verify the cache. This relies on file hashes maintained by the Gateway which will not initially exist.

If writes or reads to the cache fail during a Gateway run the Gateway will attempt to keep going but will not allow setups to be saved until the Gateway is restarted. The Gateway will also advise that the cache is renamed or deleted before proceeding.

Bug GWX-2838 Gateway

Fixes Gateway to log and pause connection when primary key of the table ref goes out of range.

Bug GWX-2778 Gateway Fixes Gateway to log and pause connection when primary key of the var_ref_table goes out of range.
Bug GWX-2800 Gateway Add fix for GatewaySql crash.
Bug GWX-2831 Gateway When rule startup is delayed, gateway will not use setup which has validated unless it has also been saved.
Enhancement GWX-2833 Gateway, Netprobe, Express Reports Support for MS SQL Server ODBC Driver 13 on Linux 64-bit.
Bug GWX-2810 Gateway Links to groups in UserManager debug page works correctly.
Bug GWX-2828 Gateway Gateway sharing propagates severity correctly on 'Import severity'.
Bug PLW-728 Netprobe Fixes Netprobe crash when there are a large number of mounted partitions.
Bug PLI-2283 Netprobe Fixes the issue where Win-service plug-in data view is blank when there's an issue with a service being sampled. The fixed is to list all services in data view and error description is displayed in new tab called 'sample state' for services with errors.
Bug PLI-2204 Netprobe Fixes the incorrect "percentageUsed" & "freeSpace" column values on disk plug-in dataview when using windows netprobe on some "mapped" drives.
Enhancement PLI-2297 Netprobe Modifies FKM to use the fileId from FILE_ID_DESCRIPTOR to handle each file, instead of file ctime. This is only applicable for windows platforms.
Bug PLI-2226 Netprobe Fixes incorrect FTM dataview display of actualFilename when Alias with additional date formatting has been set. Also fixed the incorrect FTM dataview file displayName when Alias with additional date formatting has been specified.
Bug PLW-615 Netprobe The attribute search mechanism of the Stats format mask was modified to handle unsorted keys (e.g. name). Furthermore, a bug that prevented an attribute value to be retrieved when the key used is the first attribute of the first Statistic (or row) was also fixed.
Bug PLI-2211 Netprobe Fixes bugs on Network plug-in's "show loopback" and "show Virtual Interface" options.
Bug PLI-2324 Netprobe Removes unnecessary access to /proc/*/fd directory to avoid frequent logging in audit logs.
Enhancement PLW-685 Netprobe

The Stats mask is capable of retrieving attributes of nested Stats exposed in an MBean.

Usage: KEY=VALUE,FIELD[,STATS NAME]

When dealing nested Stats objects, the STATS NAME can be specified to identify the target Stats object. For non-nested Stats object, STATS NAME may be left out.

Bug PLI-2232 Netprobe Fixes an issue where incorrect network statistics are displayed for some network interfaces in Solaris.
Bug COL-6049 Netprobe Fixes an issue wherein Disk plug-in inode columns show zero while waiting for NFS partition data.
Bug COL-5714 Netprobe Reduces memory size of NFS threads from system default to 256kb each.
       

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