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Sympa 6 beta 2 released

 Sympa beta logo After 6 weeks of beta test, It is time to release a new beta version in which all the bug fixes we have heard of are now fixed.

This version also includes a completely updated German translation, thanks to the efforts of M. Warkus.

<box orange|Install note>Fresh installers will now have to run the sympa_wizard.pl script manually to set up their config files. The command to type is specified at the end of the make install command.</box>

Older Sympa users will also note the vanishing of the “bin/etc” directory which contained all the default configuration and configuration samples. All these files and directories are now located in the new “default” directory.

Finally, a new configure parameter, “--enable-fhs” will trigger different installation naming and location rules. If you add this option to configure, the different files used by Sympa will respect the FHS standards. If not, the directories and locations will remain the same as they were in previous versions of Sympa.

Not activating this option will be particularly useful for:

  • people upgrading from a previous installation, which used custom scripts in which files and directory locations are critical
  • anybody installing from the tar.gz distribution. Indeed, most of the files and directories being gathered in a central install directory, it is easy to inspect and customize them. It is also easy to completely remove a Sympa installation.

Activating this option will be particularly useful for Sympa packagers.

P.S.: Should the beta test keep on running smoothly, the stable release should be due at the end of August.:-D

Here comes Sympa V6 beta

 Sympa beta logo The CRU team is pleased to deliver Sympa V6 to the open source community. Sympa V6 is the result of more than one year of project activity and is a great improvement to Sympa earlier versions.

People who want to beta test Sympa 6 will register and give informations so that we know in which environment Sympa was tested . In return, they will get a dedicated help from the Sympa development team during the full beta test. Answering to help request for a beta tester will be our first priority during these seven weeks. This will probably be at the expense of classical support lists, such as sympa-users, so feel free to involve in collaborative support to fill this lack.

If you want to get involved, subscribe to the Sympa beta test mailing list. The subscriber review of this list is closed, safe to the list owners (the Sympa authors). This list is the official registration tool for beta testing. It can be a medium for general questions about the beta but, if you prefer, you can also send assistance requests directly to the sympa authors: sympa-authors@cru.fr.

Message bulk mailer

Sympa comes with a new daemon that copes with low-level message distribution.The new bulk.pl daemon allows to parallelize mail sending across different processes and even on multiple servers. This is a major step towards Sympa clustering. Here are the nice features provided by the new bulk architecture already:

  • message distribution recovery : distribution can now be stopped and restarted later without message duplication for subscribers.
  • priorities : message for a list with a high priority are delivered with a very low latency even is a long distribution is started for a hugue list
  • scheduled message processing : message distribution can be distributed at a specified hour (using a list parameter)

Related changes :

  • you need to start a new bulk.pl process;
  • once sympa.pl has processed a message, it is not delivered, but stored in the bulk spool;
  • the bulk spool is stored in the database (shareable among different servers). You may need to tune the database in order to support large message.
    sympa.pl --test_database_message_buffer

    allow you to test the maximum size of messages that can be stored in your database.

New pretty style

The web interface has been renewed, thanks to Olivier Lumineau (CRU) work. Apart from the new look and feel, the main changes are the new navigation menus for both list administrators and listmasters features.

 The new Sympa admin menu

Sending HTML

You can send HTML pages as messages to your list. this is simply done through the web interface. Just fill in the URL of the page you want to send and a message subject and bam! The page is sent. Please note that this message will be read by mail clients which are quite limited regarding web languages interpretation. So don't try sending pages in which scripts are essential for a good rendering.

 The HTML page sending web interface

Security

Now password are stored as a fingerprint (by the past reversible encryption was used to be able to remind password). Reminding passwords is replaced by an identity token sent by email (thoses tokens can be used only one time and there validity it limited).

Before running Sympa after installing it, you will need to convert all the pre-existing passwords in the new storage encoding. This will be done using the following command:
sympa.pl --md5_encode_password

Please note that this change in password storage is not reversible. Once you did it, there is no way back, despite regenerating all the passwords, so proceed only if you're sure you want to keep using Sympa 6.

Installation process

Guillaume Rousse (IRISA) brought a lot of modifications were brought to the autotools usage in Sympa. This is still a work in progress, but should make the life of Sympa packagers quite easier once it is finished. This work has greatly simplified all Makefiles, turned into Makefile.am. Substitutions in perl modules are now performed at the “make” time, no more during “make install”

Here is the list of significant changes regarding the installation process:

  • Default sympa configuration files, previously stored in PREFIX/bin/etc/ are now stored in PREFIX/share/default/ directory
  • Most --with-xxdir configure options are now obsolete, replaced by equivalent standard --xxdir options.
  • Most default installation directories have been change to adopt standard FHS-compliant locations. However, the distributed tar.gz still uses most of the previous locations to make upgrade process less awkward. If you run “./configure ; make ; make install” with the tar.gz things will install as usually. If you run autoconf, it will define the set of target directories either the old way or the FHS way, depending on whether it finds an existing /etc/sympa.conf file.
  • Removed obsolete sudo wrappers ; Sympa now includes C wrappers for both wwsympa.fcgi and sympa_soap_server.fcgi. Check the manual http://www.sympa.org/manual/index for more informations on that topic
  • A new library is required to build Sympa : gettext-devel. This is necessary to compile the internationalization catalogues.

administration

Cloning

You can now create a list just by copying an existing list. The newly created list has the same configuration options and customization (message headers and footer for example). It has empty subscribers list, archives and shared directory.

 The list copy web interface

New scenario condition
  • less_than. (Submitted by S. Amrani, gendarmerie nationale). It Allows to compare two values. Is true if the first one is less than the second one. Works with strings, too, if you like.
  • verify_netmask. Exemple : verify_netmask('1.12.123.00/24') (changes in intranet scenarii are just commented because we don't have access to the local netmask of installation).
moderation

Moderators can compose rejection notification messages templates for automatic later use, on the web interface.

 The rejection templates management web interface

Spams

Sympa can recognize headers added by incoming spam message filters. Sympa does not answer automatically to those messages, they are submitted in special way to moderators both by mail or in the web interface for moderation. By default rejection is done quietly.

External datasources

Now you may configure a list in order to send notification for new subscribers that are collected from an external datasource.

Web administration

Setting some Sympa parameters is now possible using the web interface. Those parameters are stored in Sympa database. In version 6.0 only colors parameters can be changed using this method, but it settles the core functionalities used to fully transfer the Sympa configuration into its database, and its subsequent edition through the web interface.

Color edition form in Sympa admin

Internationalization

Four new languages were recently added to the standard Sympa distribution. Many thanks to the translators:

  • Bokmål (B.C. Aasgaard)
  • Polish (L. Zygmanski)
  • Finn (J.P. Paloposki)
  • Vietnamese (C. Siddall)

In addition, Soji ikeda reactivated the legacy character support, as discussed in https://listes.cru.fr/sympa/arc/sympa-dev/2006-09/msg00029.html and its follow-ups. if the (new) sympa.conf parameter 'legacy_character_support_feature' value is set to 'on', the legacy character support is enabled.

Bug fixes

Lots and lots and lots and lots and lots and lots and lots and lots and lots and lots and lots and lots of bug fixes.

Just have a look at the NEWS file in the distribution to be convinced. :-D

Sympa 6 webinar (in French)

Pour présenter les nouveautés de la version 6 de Sympa, le CRU a organisé un webinar qui s'est déroulé le jeudi 14 mai 2009 à 10h30 pour les administrateurs de services de listes de diffusion,

Points abordés :

  1. Présentation des nouvelles fonctionnalités de la version 6, ainsi que des évolutions de l'architecture,
  2. Processus d'upgrade depuis les versions antérieures,
  3. Le principe du beta test et du support aux beta-testeurs,
  4. Où va Sympa ? Quelques axes de développement envisagés pour l'avenir.
although this webinar (and the following description) is in french language, we plan to do it in English too, though we didn't define any date yet.

Sympa 6 is near

We are pleased to announce that we are currently working on the latest features to be included in the next major version of Sympa: the 6.0.

Sympa 6 is an evolution of the software towards scalability and high availability. It will also offer a better ease of use and improved possibilities to adapt it to your particular needs and information system.

Shortly, the Sympa 6.0 will offer the following major features:

  • Mail sending improvements: checkpoint recovery, scheduled sending, better priority handling…
  • Making users life easier: personalized welcome page, good looking web interface, contextual help…
  • For owners and moderator: reject message customization, list cloning…
  • Easier packaging. The full autotools usage in Sympa was rewritten by Guillaume Rousse (INRIA) (thanks again Guillaume! :-)). This should greatly improve the life of Sympa packagers around here.
  • As always: improved internationalization, thanks to the efforts all the fine people involved in Sympa translation.

Here is the scheduled timeline to this new Sympa version:

  • Tuesday 5th May: release of Sympa 6.0 beta
  • Tuesday 30th June: release of the stable version of Sympa 6.0

The most attentive readers will note that, for once, we spared a 7 weeks beta test period. That's because we felt a cruel lack of beta testing in the most recent releases of Sympa. This notably led to awkward bug reports a few days after the release. These were bugs on functionalities that were tested during several months on our own production system. Problem is: due to the high diversity of systems (OS, RDBMS, MTA, web servers…) likely to be used with Sympa, there are a lot of combinations we can't test. Early bug reports are the consequences of such combinations.

That's why we want to encourage people beta testing Sympa. We want you to install the beta version on production servers.

So this is our proposal: People who want to beta test Sympa 6 will register and give informations so that we know in which environment Sympa was tested . In return, they will get a dedicated help from the Sympa development team during the full beta test. Answering to help request for a beta tester will be our first priority during these seven weeks. This will probably be at the expense of classical support lists, such as sympa-users, so feel free to involve in collaborative support to fill this lack.

If you want to get involved, subscribe to the Sympa beta test mailing list. The subscriber review of this list is closed, safe to the list owners (the Sympa authors). This list is the official registration tool for beta testing. It can be a medium for general questions about the beta but, if you prefer, you can also send assistance requests directly to the sympa authors: sympa-authors@cru.fr.

Looking forward to see you in the beta!

Cheers,

The Sympa development team.

Sympa 5.4.7 - March 30th 2009

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A few bug fixes in this version, which is mainly released to include the great translation work recently achieved. Thanks again to the translators!

Namely, the following languages have seen their translation improved:

  • Catalan, thanks to J. Giralt
  • English, thanks to M. Radford
  • Estonian, thanks to U. Buhvestov
  • Finn, thanks to J.P. Paloposki
  • Japanese, thanks to S. Ikeda
  • Russian, thanks to Chernysh
  • Spanish, thanks to D. Viñar Ulriksen
  • Vietnamese, thanks to C. Siddall

We also decided to make four new languages available by default in Sympa:

  • Bokmal (B. C. Aasgaard)
  • Polish (L. Zygmanski)
  • Finn (J.P. Paloposki)
  • Vietnamese (C. Siddall)

This release mainly fixes a bug making users miss an important warning when installing Sympa.

The sample SOAP client was broken ; it has been restored :

This is a simple PHP SOAP client, but you can check the Sympa SOAP API definition to design more complex applications.

This release contains bug fixes and updated translations.

  • Fix a bug regarding LDAP 2 level queries partial failures
  • Fix a bug regarding blacklist edition. This is a potential security threat, so anybody using a Sympa server with blacklists enabled should consider upgrading shortly.

Thanks to all the contributors who submitted bug reports or even sent patches.

It also includes updated translations, amongst which:

  • Finnish, thanks to J.P. Paloposki,
  • English, thanks to A. Epstein,
  • Nederlands, thanks to R. E. Sonneveld.

Thanks to all of them for their great work in Sympa internationalisation.

This release is aimed at the last bug fixes - including some security issues - for the 5.4 branch, amongst which :

  • Sympa was not fully compliant to the RFC 2616, leading for example to possible unwanted list deletion by administrators using prefetching tools. This was fixed by replacing all the threatening GET requests by POST requests;
  • Use of sprint() function for creating SQL queries lead to possible SQL injection through cookie manipulation;
  • The use of files in /tmp lead to vulnerabilities.

Thanks to all the contributors who submitted bug reports or even sent patches.

It also includes updated translations, amongst which:

  • Modern chinese, thanks to M. Smith,
  • Vietnamese, thanks to C. Siddall,
  • Russian, thanks to Chernysh,
  • Bokmål, thanks to B.C. Aasgaard,
  • Japanese, thanks to S. Ikeda,
  • Magyar, thanks to H. Szabolcs,
  • Finnish, thanks to J.P. Paloposki,
  • Estonian, thanks to U. Buhvestov,
  • Spanish, thanks to D. Magaña,
  • German, thanks to S. Weber,
  • Catalan, thanks to J. Deu-Pons.

Thanks to all of them for their great work in Sympa internationalisation.

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