[systemd-devel] [ANNOUNCE] systemd v238
zbyszek at in.waw.pl
Mon Mar 5 22:37:56 UTC 2018
systemd-238 has been tagged.
CHANGES WITH 238:
* The MemoryAccounting= unit property now defaults to on. After
discussions with the upstream control group maintainers we learnt
that the negative impact of cgroup memory accounting on current
kernels is finally relatively minimal, so that it should be safe to
enable this by default without affecting system performance. Besides
memory accounting only task accounting is turned on by default, all
other forms of resource accounting (CPU, IO, IP) remain off for now,
because it's not clear yet that their impact is small enough to move
from opt-in to opt-out. We recommend downstreams to leave memory
accounting on by default if kernel 4.14 or higher is are primarily
used. On very resource constrained systems or when support for old
kernels is a necessity, -Dmemory-accounting-default=false can be used
to revert this change.
* rpm scriptlets to update the udev hwdb and rules (%udev_hwdb_update,
%udev_rules_update) and the journal catalog (%journal_catalog_update)
from the upgrade scriptlets of individual packages now do nothing.
Transfiletriggers have been added which will perform those updates
once at the end of the transaction.
Similar transfiletriggers have been added to execute any sysctl.d
and binfmt.d rules. Thus, it should be unnecessary to provide any
scriptlets to execute this configuration from package installation
* systemd-sysusers gained a mode where the configuration to execute is
specified on the command line, but this configuration is not executed
directly, but instead it is merged with the configuration on disk,
and the result is executed. This is useful for package installation
scripts which want to create the user before installing any files on
disk (in case some of those files are owned by that user), while
still allowing local admin overrides.
This functionality is exposed to rpm scriplets through a new
%sysusers_create_package macro. Old %sysusers_create and
%sysusers_create_inline macros are deprecated.
A transfiletrigger for sysusers.d configuration is now installed,
which means that it should be uncessary to call systemd-sysusers from
package installation scripts, unless the package installs any files
owned by those newly-created users, in which case
%sysusers_create_package should be used.
* Analogous change has been done for systemd-tmpfiles: it gained a mode
where the command-line configuration is merged with the configuration
on disk. This is exposed as the new %tmpfiles_create_package macro,
and %tmpfiles_create is deprecated. A transfiletrigger is installed
for tmpfiles.d, hence it should be unnecessary to call systemd-tmpfiles
from package installation scripts.
* sysusers.d configuration for a user may now also specify the group
number, in addition to the user number ("u username 123:456"), or
without the user number ("u username -:456").
* Configution items for systemd-sysusers can now be specified as
positional arguments when the new --inline switch is used.
* The login shell of users created through sysusers.d may now be
specified (previously, it was always /bin/sh for root and
/sbin/nologin for other users).
* systemd-analyze gained a new --global switch to look at global user
configuration. It also gained a unit-paths verb to list the unit load
paths that are compiled into systemd (which can be used with
--systemd, --user, or --global).
* udevadm trigger gained a new --settle/-w option to wait for any
triggered events to finish (but just those, and not any other events
which are triggered meanwhile).
* The action that systemd-logind takes when the lid is closed and the
machine is connected to external power can now be configured using
HandleLidSwitchExternalPower= in logind.conf. Previously, this action
was determined by HandleLidSwitch=, and, for backwards compatibility,
is still is, if HandleLidSwitchExternalPower= is not explicitly set.
* journalctl will periodically call sd_journal_process() to make it
resilient against inotify queue overruns when journal files are
rotated very quickly.
* Two new functions in libsystemd — sd_bus_get_n_queued_read and
sd_bus_get_n_queued_write — may be used to check the number of
pending bus messages.
* systemd gained a new
org.freedesktop.systemd1.Manager.AttachProcessesToUnit dbus call
which can be used to migrate foreign processes to scope and service
units. The primary user for this new API is systemd itself: the
systemd --user instance uses this call of the systemd --system
instance to migrate processes if it itself gets the request to
migrate processes and the kernel refuses this due to access
restrictions. Thanks to this "systemd-run --scope --user …" works
again in pure cgroups v2 environments when invoked from the user
* A new TemporaryFileSystem= setting can be used to mask out part of
the real file system tree with tmpfs mounts. This may be combined
with BindPaths= and BindReadOnlyPaths= to hide files or directories
not relevant to the unit, while still allowing some paths lower in
the tree to be accessed.
ProtectHome=tmpfs may now be used to hide user home and runtime
directories from units, in a way that is mostly equivalent to
"TemporaryFileSystem=/home /run/user /root".
* Non-service units are now started with KeyringMode=shared by default.
This means that mount and swapon and other mount tools have access
to keys in the main keyring.
* /sys/fs/bpf is now mounted automatically.
* QNX virtualization is now detected by systemd-detect-virt and may
be used in ConditionVirtualization=.
* IPAccounting= may now be enabled also for slice units.
* A new -Dsplit-bin= build configuration switch may be used to specify
whether bin and sbin directories are merged, or if they should be
included separately in $PATH and various listings of executable
directories. The build configuration scripts will try to autodetect
the proper values of -Dsplit-usr= and -Dsplit-bin= based on build
system, but distributions are encouraged to configure this
* A new -Dok-color= build configuration switch may be used to change
the colour of "OK" status messages.
* UPGRADE ISSUE: serialization of units using JoinsNamespaceOf= with
PrivateNetwork=yes was buggy in previous versions of systemd. This
means that after the upgrade and daemon-reexec, any such units must
* INCOMPATIBILITY: as announced in the NEWS for 237, systemd-tmpfiles
will not exclude read-only files owned by root from cleanup.
Contributions from: Alan Jenkins, Alexander F Rødseth, Alexis Jeandet,
Andika Triwidada, Andrei Gherzan, Ansgar Burchardt, antizealot1337,
Batuhan Osman Taşkaya, Beniamino Galvani, Bill Yodlowsky, Caio Marcelo
de Oliveira Filho, CuBiC, Daniele Medri, Daniel Mouritzen, Daniel
Rusek, Davide Cavalca, Dimitri John Ledkov, Douglas Christman, Evgeny
Vereshchagin, Faalagorn, Filipe Brandenburger, Franck Bui, futpib,
Giacomo Longo, Gunnar Hjalmarsson, Hans de Goede, Hermann Gausterer,
Iago López Galeiras, Jakub Filak, Jan Synacek, Jason A. Donenfeld,
Javier Martinez Canillas, Jérémy Rosen, Lennart Poettering, Lucas
Werkmeister, Mao Huang, Marco Gulino, Michael Biebl, Michael Vogt,
MilhouseVH, Neal Gompa (ニール・ゴンパ), Oleander Reis, Olof Mogren,
Patrick Uiterwijk, Peter Hutterer, Peter Portante, Piotr Drąg, Robert
Antoni Buj Gelonch, Sergey Ptashnick, Shawn Landden, Shuang Liu, Simon
Fowler, SjonHortensius, snorreflorre, Susant Sahani, Sylvain
Plantefève, Thomas Blume, Thomas Haller, Vito Caputo, Yu Watanabe,
Zbigniew Jędrzejewski-Szmek, Марко М. Костић (Marko M. Kostić)
— Warsaw, 2018-03-05
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