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RBTools 0.4.0 released

RBTools 0.4.0 is out! There's some great improvements that some of you will like, but more than anything, it's the first step toward a brand new, more exciting RBTools.

The highlights of 0.4.0 include:

  • Most command line options can now be set automatically in .reviewboardrc files. This includes such things as the branch, Perforce configuration, --submit-as, and more.
  • Added a -g (--guess-fields) that works as a convenience for --guess-summary --guess-description.
  • The system's HTTP(S) proxy can be disabled with --disable-proxy.
  • Numerous other bug fixes.

One of the big changes for this release is internal. We're starting to build a Python API that will talk to Review Board servers, which would be usable by other applications. It's not close to ready yet, but a couple of the large parts have been done for this release. In particular, the SCMClients, which talk to the various tools like Git and Subversion, have been refactored out into reusable classes. Down the road, it will be possible to have third-party modules that extend post-review's client support.

Before long, we'll be dropping support for the old Review Board API found in Review Board 1.0 and early 1.5 versions. This should be considered the last release to support the old API.

Release notes are available.

New Review Board Security Releases: 1.5.7 and 1.6.3

It was brought to our attention today that Review Board 1.5.x and 1.6.x had a security vulnerability involving browser-side script injection in the diff viewer and screenshot pages. We take such things seriously, and are putting out a couple of releases to fix it. We strongly advise everyone to update, especially if you're running a public server.

Review Board 1.5.7 and 1.6.3 have been released. If you're running 1.6.x, just upgrade as normal, but if you're running 1.5.x, you need to upgrade by doing:

$ sudo easy_install -U ReviewBoard==1.5.7

Otherwise, you'll automatically upgrade to 1.6.x.

Thanks to Damian Johnson for letting us know about this vulnerability and providing a patch to fix it.

Review Board 1.6.2 released

Review Board 1.6.2 is out. It's a bug fix release that takes care of several issues people have hit. In particular, it should have a proper Apache WSGI configuration for subdirectory installs out of the box, some SCM integration fixes, browser compatibility improvements, and various other things.

We also have a couple bits of new API for those who want to automate review group creation, or archive deprecated repositories.Check out the release notes for the full list.

RBTools 0.3.4 released

RBTools 0.3.4 is out. It features an authentication fix for users on RBCommons, fixes for --guess-summary with newlines on Git, solves diff uploading problems on Python 2.7, and adds a new --change-description parameter.

Full release notes are available.

Review Board 1.6.1 released

Hot on the tails of 1.6, we have an important security update and bug fix release. 1.6.1 bumps our required Django version to 1.3.1, which contains a number of important security fixes.

It also fixes the counters bug that many people have noticed in the dashboard, where the number of review requests is listed as 0 or a negative number. This was caused by an incorrect default value set when upgrading. Upgrading to 1.6.1 will fix this default, and reset the counts for all users. You should see correct values the next time you use the dashboard.

Release notes are available.

Review Board 1.6 released

That's a wrap, people. Review Board 1.6 is done, and ready to be installed.

1.6 is a major release, which focuses on better review workflows, faster reviews, access control, generic file attachments, speed improvements, and much, much more. The entire list of features are covered in our release notes.

Before upgrading, we recommend that you back up your database and your site directory, in case anything goes wrong. If you do have problems, you can reach us on our mailing list.

From here on out, we'll be focusing on Review Board 1.6.x releases alongside the upcoming 2.0 release, which will feature support for using third party extensions.

Note: If you're staying with Review Board 1.5.x releases, you will need to be careful how you upgrade to new 1.5.x releases. Instead of the usual:

$easy_install -U ReviewBoard
You will need to do:
$ easy_install -U ReviewBoard==version

Where version would be 1.5.6 or whatever version you're upgrading to. Otherwise, you will end up upgrading to Review Board 1.6.

Again, let us know if you hit any issues. A lot has changed in this release, and we'll probably be shaking out a few bugs with the new features over the next few point releases.

Review Board 1.5.6 released

Review Board 1.5.6 is out the door, packed with some good fixes and a couple small feature additions. Many of these are fixes backported from the in-development 1.6 releases.

Of note are fixes for caching large diffs/files, fixes for screenshot captions on drafts, performance improvements in syntax highlighting (if you haven't installed recently or upgraded Pygments), and support for Fedora Hosted as a hosting service.

See the release notes for the complete list.

RBTools 0.3.3 released

RBTools 0.3.3 is out the door, and it's a biggie. There's fixes and goodies for pretty much everybody.

Git received a lot of fixes in this release, as did post-review itself. One of the biggest set of changes, though, that I'd like to call to attention is Jan Koprowski's wonderful work in rewriting our Clear Case support. He put in a lot of effort and fixed a number of problems with the old implementation. Thanks Jan!

We're hard at work on some large-scale changes to RBTools. The 0.4.0 release is in progress, and it'll form the foundation of the 1.0 release. Soon we'll have a new set of tools that can be used to interact with Review Board, and a Python API that developers can use to talk to Review Board. Exciting stuff! Stay tuned.

For now, see the release notes for the full list of changes.

Review Board 1.6 RC2 released!

So.. close..

Review Board 1.6 RC2 is out the door and packed full of fixes, polish, and a few new features that snuck in.

Yes, we may have done a bit more in this release than we anticipated, but it's turned out really well, and will make for a strong final 1.6. We've fixed a number of usability problems (losing changes when leaving the page or accidentally canceling), added some great new features, improving the API, and fixing a good handful of bugs.

Some of the new features include:

  • File attachment drag-and-drop. Files can now be dragged and dropped onto the page and uploaded as either screenshots or file attachments. The UI for drag-and-drop has greatly improved.

  • Close descriptions. After discarding a review request or marking it as submitted, you can leave a description. You can use this to tell what revision it was committed in, or why the change was discarded. Up to you!
  • Confirmation before accidentally losing changes. Ever accidentally hit cancel or navigate away from a page when typing a new description? Now you'll be prompted before you lose what you worked on.

Those are a few of the user-facing improvements made, but there are many improvements for administrators as well, including HTTP Basic Auth support when accessing Git repositories, Perforce stunnel support, and better instructions when things go wrong (new Manual Updates pages).

For the full list, see the release notes.

We're frozen at this point for the final release. Only critical bug fixes will go in. Otherwise, we're working on docs, and should be done with the release soon. So if you're planning to upgrade to 1.6, please give RC2 a try, because it won't be much different from the final 1.6.

Review Board 1.6 RC1 released

One step closer to the finale. Tonight we released Review Board 1.6 RC1, which is full of bug fixes and some fantastic new features.

The highlights of this release are file attachments, private profiles, Private GitHub Organizations, and performance enhancements. Let's break a couple of those down.

The file attachment support makes it possible to upload any type of file to a review request. Tarballs containing important resources to commit that can't appear in the diff viewer, log files, sample data, or anything else. Reviewers can add a comment on the file, which will show up in the review.

Private profiles allow users to prevent other users from seeing their e-mail address on their user page or through the API. The name is also stripped from both locations, though not from review requests themselves. This feature is mostly geared toward open source projects.

There's also many bug fixes and improvements. All of which can be found in the release notes.

We'll be polishing things up, fixing a couple more bugs, and then getting the final 1.6 out the door hopefully soon. Stay tuned, and let us know if you hit any problems!

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