Update Center Toolkit 2.0 Release Candidate 4 (Build 15) Available

The Update Center 2 development team just promoted Release Candidate (RC) 4 of the multi-platform pkg(5) toolkit.  This build is near the last of a series of RC builds that are aligning with the release of the new GlassFish V3 Prelude application server release.  The FishCAT (GlassFish Community Acceptance Test) effort of V3 Prelude is finding some issues with the toolkit.  There's nothing like having real world users test the software.  In addition to bugs filed based on the FishCAT program, we've had some new bugs filed and a few last minute RFEs addressed for the Java API for pkg(5).  The GlassFish team has used this Java API to enable users of their web admin tool to manage updates and add-ons.

As a side note, the FishCAT effort has been pretty neat.  Even though our toolkit is just one part of the GlassFish V3 Prelude release, we've had the pleasure of working with a variety of people around the world that have encountered toolkit issues.  We feel pretty good about our record of jumping on their reported issues and quickly turning around workarounds and fixes.  It all goes to help the community spirit!

Here are some more key fixes in this build:

  • Good ole Windows Vista's User Access Control presented us with a surprise.  See Tom's post.  Chris Kasso came to the rescue by creating signed versions of our .exe wrappers and adding the appropriate manifest setting such that when a user is running with administrative privileges, the right things will happen.
  • We swatted a few more .app bundle issues on Mac OS X 10.4.  Due to the flakiness of how .app bundles are handled, Joe has had to implement some detestable workarounds.  10.5 has been much more stable and predictable.
  • Manpreet has improved some of the exception handling in the Update Tool GUI.  For example, due to some GlassFish V3 Prelude pre-release package repository issues, users were seeing some new exception traces displayed in the GUI.  Manpreet and Tom worked out an approach to present these newly observed exceptions in a more approrpriate manner.  Now the users will better understand that a repository server error occurred rather than thinking that the Update Tool GUI experienced an internal error.

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