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Ubuntu Server development summary – 2 Oct 2018

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.

Spotlight: Cosmic Release Imminent and New Core Developer

Cosmic is in its final weeks of testing. Next week the final freeze will occur and a release candidate published. If you are interested head over to the daily ISO page and give Cosmic a spin! Developers are resolving any significant bugs and tidying documentation for the release which is scheduled for Oct 18th.

Also a great cause for celebration in this issue is that Ubuntu Server Team’s Andreas Hasenack earned a spot as an Ubuntu Core Developer. Andreas has brought an additional level of excellence to Ubuntu in his maintenance of crucial Ubuntu packages, community involvement, broad technical knowledge and eye toward quality. We are excited he now has ‘keys to the kingdom’, allowing him to update and maintain any package in Ubuntu.


  • tests: allow skipping an entire cloud_test without running.
  • tests: disable lxd tests on cosmic
  • cii-tests: use unittest2.SkipTest in ntp_chrony due to new deps
  • lxd: adjust to snap installed lxd.
  • docs: surface experimental doc in instance-data.json
  • tests: fix ec2 integration tests. process meta_data instead of meta-data
  • Add support for Infiniband network interfaces (IPoIB). [Mark Goddard]
  • cli: add cloud-init query subcommand to query instance metadata
  • tools/tox-venv: update for new features.
  • pylint: ignore warning assignment-from-no-return for _write_network
  • stages: Fix bug causing datasource to have incorrect sys_cfg. (LP: #1787459)
  • Remove dead-code _write_network distro implementations.
  • net_util: ensure static configs have netmask in translate_network result [Thomas Berger] (LP: #1792454)
  • Fall back to root:root on syslog permissions if other options fail. [Robert Schweikert]
  • tests: Add mock for util.get_hostname. [Robert Schweikert] (LP: #1792799)
  • ds-identify: doc string cleanup.
  • OpenStack: Support setting mac address on bond. [Fabian Wiesel] (LP: #1682064)
  • bash_completion/cloud-init: fix shell syntax error.
  • EphemeralIPv4Network: Be more explicit when adding default route. (LP: #1792415)
  • OpenStack: support reading of newer versions of metdata.
  • OpenStack: fix bug causing ‘latest’ version to be used from network. (LP: #1792157)


  • vmtest: kick skip-by-date for 1671951.
  • tools/jenkins-runner: Error if both filters and tests are given.
  • vmtests: prevent tests from modifying cls.collect_scripts
  • Enable custom storage configuration for centos images
  • Upload tip of curtin into Cosmic for release
  • Start an SRU for release into Xenial and Bionic (LP: #1795712)


  • Fix ‘git ubuntu build’ when user id does not match container user id (LP: #1749609)

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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: 6

Uploads Released to the Supported Releases

Total: 21

Uploads to the Development Release

Total: 58

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