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Ubuntu Server development summary – 16 April 2019

Chad Smith

on 17 April 2019

This article is more than 5 years old.

Hello Ubuntu Server

The purpose of this communication is to provide a status update and highlights for any interesting subjects from the Ubuntu Server Team. If you would like to reach the server team, you can find us at the #ubuntu-server channel on Freenode. Alternatively, you can sign up and use the Ubuntu Server Team mailing list or visit the Ubuntu Server discourse hub for more discussion.

Spotlight: Welcome Dan Watkins

We have a new addition to the Ubuntu Server team this issue from Ontario, Canada. He joined Canonical around 5 years ago and has most recently worked as a technical lead on the Ubuntu Foundations Certified Public Cloud team. There he fostered relationships with many public cloud partners and providers. Dan also had a few cloud-init commits to his name prior to his transfer. It was a slam dunk to have him join us. As you can see from the commit authorship below, Dan has already made a big impact on the team. Welcome Dan (Odd_Bloke on Freenode)!


  • Two Stable Release Updates releasing cloud-init 18.5 by Dan and Ryan into Ubuntu Xenial and Bionic
  • Revert “DataSource: move update_events from a class to an instance…” [Daniel Watkins]
  • Revert “DataSource: move update_events from a class to an instance…” [Daniel Watkins]
  • Change DataSourceNoCloud to ignore file system label’s case. [Risto Oikarinen]
  • Fix missing ‘modules-init’ key in modes dict [Antonio Romito] (LP: #1815109)
  • ubuntu_advantage: rewrite cloud-config module [Chad Smith]
  • Azure: Treat _unset network configuration as if it were absent [Jason Zions (MSFT)] (LP: #1823084)
  • DatasourceAzure: add additional logging for azure datasource [Anh Vo]
  • cloud_tests: fix apt_pipelining test-cases [Ryan Harper]
  • Azure: Ensure platform random_seed is always serializable as JSON. [Jason Zions (MSFT)]
  • net/sysconfig: write out SUSE-compatible IPv6 config [Robert Schweikert]
  • tox: Update testenv for openSUSE Leap to 15.0 [Thomas Bechtold]
  • net: Fix ipv6 static routes when using eni renderer [Raphael Glon] (LP: #1818669)
  • Add ubuntu_drivers config module [Daniel Watkins]
  • doc: Refresh Azure walinuxagent docs [Daniel Watkins]
  • tox: bump pylint version to latest (2.3.1) [Daniel Watkins]
  • DataSource: move update_events from a class to an instance attribute [Daniel Watkins] (LP: #1819913)
  • net/sysconfig: Handle default route setup for dhcp configured NICs [Robert Schweikert] (LP: #1812117)
  • DataSourceEc2: update RELEASE_BLOCKER to be more accurate [Daniel Watkins]
  • cloud-init-per: POSIX sh does not support string subst, use sed (LP: #1819222)
  • Support locking user with usermod if passwd is not available. [Scott Moser]
  • Example for Microsoft Azure data disk added. [Anton Olifir]
  • clean: correctly determine the path for excluding seed directory [Daniel Watkins] (LP: #1818571)
  • helpers/openstack: Treat unknown link types as physical [Daniel Watkins] (LP: #1639263)
  • drop Python 2.6 support and our NIH version detection [Daniel Watkins]
  • tip-pylint: Fix assignment-from-return-none errors [Ryan Harper]
  • net: append type:dhcp[46] only if dhcp[46] is True in v2 netconfig [Kurt Stieger] (LP: #1818032)
  • cc_apt_pipelining: stop disabling pipelining by default [Daniel Watkins] (LP: #1794982)
  • tests: fix some slow tests and some leaking state [Daniel Watkins]
  • util: don’t determine string_types ourselves [Daniel Watkins]
  • cc_rsyslog: Escape possible nested set [Daniel Watkins] (LP: #1816967)
  • Enable encrypted_data_bag_secret support for Chef [Eric Williams] (LP: #1817082)
  • azure: Filter list of ssh keys pulled from fabric [Jason Zions (MSFT)]
  • doc: update merging doc with fixes and some additional details/examples
  • tests: integration test failure summary to use traceback if empty error
  • This is to fix [Vitaly Kuznetsov]
  • EC2: Rewrite network config on AWS Classic instances every boot [Guilherme G. Piccoli] (LP: #1802073)
  • netinfo: Adjust ifconfig output parsing for FreeBSD ipv6 entries (LP: #1779672)
  • netplan: Don’t render yaml aliases when dumping netplan (LP: #1815051)
  • add PyCharm IDE .idea/ path to .gitignore [Dominic Schlegel]
  • correct grammar issue in instance metadata documentation [Dominic Schlegel] (LP: #1802188)


  • Stable Release Update (SRU) version 18.2 into Xenial and Bionic
  • vmtest: test for kernel-img conf on ubuntu only [Ryan Harper]
  • Setup kernel-img.conf like base-installer/live-installer did. [Dimitri John Ledkov] (LP: #1534162)
  • zfs: pass pool and fs properties to zpool_create [Jean-Baptiste Lallement] (LP: #1823682)
  • block_meta: pass lvm_partition size through human2bytes [Michael Hudson-Doyle]
  • clear-holders: refactor bcache shutdown and add longer timeout (LP: #1796292)
  • schema-validate-storage: remove unused imports [Paride Legovini]
  • add subcommand schema for storage-config validation [Ryan Harper]
  • clear-holders: wipe raid members at data offsets when not assembled (LP: #1815018)
  • Add support for s390 DASD devices [Ryan Harper]
  • vmtest: skip DiscoTestAllindata while initrd lacks crypto modules
  • block_meta: allow passing a dm_crypt key by keyfile [Michael Hudson-Doyle]
  • ChrootableTarget: add /run to mounts for redhat targets (LP: #1815666)
  • vmtest: consolidate vm mem config, defaults via release, env override
  • Support for multi-layers images fsimage-layered:// URI [Jean-Baptiste Lallement]
  • dname: relax dname req for disk serial/wwn presence for compatibility (LP: #1735839)

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Ubuntu Server Packages

Below is a summary of uploads to the development and supported releases. Current status of the Debian to Ubuntu merges is tracked on the Merge-o-Matic page. For a full list of recent merges with change logs please see the Ubuntu Server report.

Proposed Uploads to the Supported Releases

Please consider testing the following by enabling proposed, checking packages for update regressions, and making sure to mark affected bugs verified as fixed.

Total: 22

Uploads Released to the Supported Releases

Total: 130

Uploads to the Development Release

Total: 105

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