Rivet 2.3: Release Notes and Known Problems


Rivet 2.3 is available for download from ASF mirror sites. Check the download page for information about downloading the source code, rpm files or packages for SuSE, Redhat, Debian and Ubuntu (packages for SuSE and Redhat are available thanks to Harald Oehlmann).

Code integrity for this release can be checked using the public keys in the KEYS file.

Rivet 2.3 is tested and works with the Apache Webserver version 2.4 (running the prefork MPM) and requires Tcl >= 8.5.11. Tcl >= 8.6.1 is recommended. Still this version of Rivet should be also fine when run with Apache Web Server version 2.2

Rivet 2.3.5 Release Notes

Rivet 2.3.5 is a bug fix release for rivet 2.3. Rivet 2.3.5 received contributions from Ronnie Brunner and Jeff Lawson

  • Fixed server initialization procedure. ServerInitScript is now executed only once, the second time the server initialization callback is called
  • Fixed test suite problem with virtual host handling in certain installations
  • Mysql DIO connector now handles also the special value NULL for a column
  • Fixed buffer overflow bug in libWWW
  • Tcl environment now can be loaded also from outside mod_rivet
  • Command ::rivet::redirect now accepts integer status code to control redirection. This enables the command to emit status codes other than 301 and 302

Rivet 2.3.4 Release Notes

Rivet 2.3.4 is a bug fix release for rivet 2.3.

  • Fixed buffer allocation size in command ::rivet::escape_sgml_chars (fixes bug #61353)
  • Random number generator is re-seeded for each interpreter thus to guarantee they will output different sequences
  • package formbroker now handles also boolean type of data
  • invocation of rivet commands has been fully qualified with the ::rivet namespace

Rivet 2.3.3 Release Notes

Rivet 2.3.3 is a bug fix release for rivet 2.3.

  • DIO: String quoting of the Posgresql connector was incorrect and has been fixed (closes bug #60378)
  • New package formbroker : this package is a form response broker and validator, still experimental but usable
  • Fixed typo in manual page
  • Change in mod_rivet internals: as a content generator mod_rivet has to figure out when a request has to be handled or passed on to other modules. The request type is now determined more correctly from the field header of the request_rec (previosly was content_type )

Rivet 2.3.2 Release Notes

Rivet 2.3.2 is a bug fix release for rivet 2.3.

  • The test suite now requires Apache 2.4
  • Commands ::rivet::try and ::rivet::catch have been fixed. Under some circumstances they failed to properly evaluate the code they are supposed to guard and control
  • A new utility command ::rivet::url_query composes the query part of an URL from a list of parameter-value pairs

Rivet 2.3.1 Release Notes

Rivet 2.3.1 is a bug fix release for package rivet 2.3. Method 'file' which was to print an HTML5

<input type="file" name="...."/>
was actually printing an email form field. This problem was not serious but affected any serious development of forms using rivet's form package

Rivet 2.3.0 Release Notes

Rivet 2.3.0 consolidates the 2.2.x module series with several improvements in the way the command export was handled. This will be the last 2.x version series in preparation of the newly developed 3.0 module.

Rivet 2.3.0 introduces the command ::rivet::try and ::rivet::catch as a wrappers of the Tcl core language try and catch commands. These commands are not exported to the global namespace even when mod_rivet is build with the --enable-rivet-commands-export and they should be used within Rivet scripts to protect any ::rivet::abort_page and ::rivet::exit execution. These commands interrupt code execution by raising a Tcl error with reserved error codes (respectively ABORTPAGE and EXITPAGE) to signal the module to fire the AbortScript Tcl script with special codes accessible through the ::rivet::abort_code command

Execution of ::rivet::try fails if mod_rivet is not built with Tcl >= 8.6

Command ::rivet::exit was also introduced to give the command exit a more sensible behaviour within the context of the Apache HTTP Web Server. In fact the core command has become an alias of ::rivet::exit which interrupts the script execution and hands control on to an AbortScript. Then it completes the request and just before returning to the web server framework it terminates the child process by calling Tcl_Exit

This command replaces the exit core command and it's provided as a way to give it a meaning within the Rivet and Apache context but the programmer should avoid to use it and instead adopt proper software design to bring about sudden process termination

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