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m23 12.2 rock now supports CentOS!

Twitter article 2014-04-03 22:45

In m23 12.2 rock, CentOS 6.2 now complements the list of distributions which can be installed and administered with m23. The support for CentOS - like for Fedora14 and openSUSE 11.4 before - was implemented by using the halfSister extension. In addition to this, new features have been added to the halfSister API, the French help texts have been revised and the usual 'bits and pieces' have been added.

CentOS 6.2 is the first halfSister distribution which m23 can install on 32- as well as on 64-bit systems. The community distribution CentOS is based on Red Hat Enterprise Linux (RHEL) and is fully binary compatible to it. It is focused on stability and long-term support and (along with Debian) it constitutes a possibility when you need a system that can be employed in the long run.

Great thanks is due to Philippe Gaunet in this m23 version for the revision of the French m23 help texts and the improvements that have been incorporated into the other language versions.

The halfSister API was complemented by calls for changing user names and passwords. The hardware setup was adapted in such a way that it is now possible to install data partitions on a software RAID and to even allow an installation of some distributions on these. To simplify the development of the m23HSAdmin scripts for the different distributions, there is now the new tool, to check if all implementations have the same functional range.

Package search animation
Package search animation: Also available as YouTube video ;-)

Beside the important changes, there are, of course, also some less obvious improvements. For example, the mount points of partitions are now shown when the mouse pointer is hovering over the info icon. After the creation of a disk or partition image, the client will be shut down or re-booted, depending on its state before the creation of the image. During the search for packages, an animation is now shown and after completion of the search, the long package descriptions and the package sizes in MB are now listed for all distribtutions. Further changes concern the administration of the m23 administrators. Passwords can now contain any kind of character and after logout from m23, the index page of the m23 server is now shown automatically.

Only very rarely, a function is removed from m23, and until now, this fate only occured to outdated distributions which were no longer maintained. This version is an exception of that practice, as it deactivates the plugin interface and removes it from the menu. As far as it is known to us, this interface was never used. However, if there is someone among you who needs this function, now would be a good time to tell us ;-)

Now, let's talk about the bug-fixes: For Debian/Ubuntu, the main user and his/her password for an m23 client can now be changed. For the creation of an image, the necessary SSL certificates are now loaded to the m23 client and the SSH server dropbear is started. To make an immediate formatting possible for complicated partitioning situations, after every creation and deletion of a partition a number of tools are started that forward the changes made on the partition table to the kernel. In the update.php, a syntax error was eliminated, that had led to the problem of update information never being shown.

The latest version is available as update via the m23 interface, via APT, as ISO file to burn the m23 server installation CD or as pre-installed virtual machine (the last two can be found in the download section).

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Splits a device (e.g. /dev/hda1) in
the physical disk (/dev/hda) and
the partition number (1).
Sets the file system of a
new: CFDiskBasic::formatPartition:
Formats a partition.
new: CFDiskIO::virtualDeleteDrive:
Deletes a (RAID) disk and corrects
the disk array.
Sets or unsets the RAID lock of a
partition or disk.
new: CFDiskIO::getPartitionNumber:
Returns the physical partition
number of a virtual partition.
new: CFDiskIO::getvPartBypPart:
Returns the virtual partition
number searched by the physical
partition number.
new: CFDiskIO::correctLogical:
Corrects the order of the logical
partitions after deleting a
physical partition.
new: CFDiskBasic::rmJob: Generates
a partition removal job.
new: CFDiskBasic::addJob: Generates
a partition add job.
new: CFDiskBasic::bootflagJob:
Enables the booting flag on a
new: CFDiskBasic::formatJob:
Generates a partition format job.
new: CFDiskIO::isDiskRaid: Checks,
if a disk is a RAID.
f: Gets the biggest or lowest value
from all partitions of a given
Gets the biggest value from all
partitions of a given type.
new: CFDiskBasic::getLowestValueOf:
Gets the lowest value from all
partitions of a given type.
new: CFDiskBasic::updateFreeSpaces:
Updates the free spaces array of
all disks.
d: Checks, if a partition is
locked, because it is part of a
new: CFDiskBasic::getRaidDevs:
Returns an array with all disk or
partition devices building the RAID
of the disk (if it is a RAID).
new: CFDiskBasic::getDiskDev:
Returns the device name (e.g.
/dev/sda) for a virtual disk.
Searches for the RAID device, a
physical partition belongs to, if
it is part of a RAID.
Gets the free spaces on disk.
Deletes a partition from the
internal array.
new: CFDiskBasic::devNrExists:
Checks if a certain (physical)
partition number exists.
new: CFDiskBasic::nextLogicalDevNr:
Gets the next free logical
(physical) partition number.
new: CFDiskBasic::nextPrimaryDevNr:
Gets the next free primary
(physical) partition number.
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