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Red Hat Enterprise Linux 5

5.8 Release Notes

Release Notes for Red Hat Enterprise Linux 5.8

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Abstract
Red Hat Enterprise Linux minor releases are an aggregation of individual enhancement, security and bug fix errata. The Red Hat Enterprise Linux 5.8 Release Notes document the major changes made to the Red Hat Enterprise Linux 5 operating system and its accompanying applications for this minor release. Detailed notes on all changes in this minor release are available in the Technical Notes.

Preface

The Release Notes provide high level coverage of the improvements and additions that have been implemented in Red Hat Enterprise Linux 5.8. For detailed documentation on all changes to Red Hat Enterprise Linux for the 5.8 update, refer to the Technical Notes.

Note

Refer to the Online Release Notes for the most up-to-date version of the Red Hat Enterprise Linux 5.8 Release Notes.

Chapter 1. Installation

Installation over IPoIB
Red Hat Enterprise Linux 5.8 supports installation over the IP over Infiniband (IPoIB) interface.

Chapter 2. Kernel

2.1. Kernel Platform Enhancements

Power Management Quality of Service
Support for the Power Management Quality Of Service (pm_qos) infrastructure has been added in Red Hat Enterprise Linux 5.8. The pm_qos interface provides a kernel and user mode interface for registering performance expectations by drivers, subsystems and user space applications for one of the currently supported pm_qos parameters: cpu_dma_latency, network_latency, network_throughput. For more information, refer to /usr/share/doc/kernel-doc-<VERSION>/Documentation/power/pm_qos_interface.txt.
PCIe 3.0 support
Red Hat Enterprise Linux 5.8 provides PCIe 3.0 full function support by adding ID-based ordering, OBFF (Optimized Buffer Flush/Fill) enable/disable support, and latency tolerance reporting enable/disable support.
ALSA HD Audio support
Support for ALSA HD Audio on Intel's next Platform Controller Hub has been added.
Added Device IDs
Device IDs have been added to provide full support of Intel's next Platform Controller Hub for the following drivers: SATA, SMBus, USB, Audio, Watchdog, I2C.
StarTech PEX1P
Support for the StarTech 1 Port PCI Express Parallel Port device has been added.
configure-pe RTAS call
Support for the configure-pe RTAS (RunTime Abstraction Services) call on the PowerPC platform has been added.
Updated JSM driver
The JSM driver has been updated to support the Bell2 (with PLX chip) 2-port adapter on IBM POWER7 systems. Additionally, EEH support has been added to the JSM driver.

2.2. Kernel Generic Features

RSS and swap size information
In Red Hat Enterprise Linux 5.8, the /proc/sysvipc/shm file (which provides a list of shared memory in use) now contains the RSS (Resident Set Size—portion of the process residing in the memory) and swap size information.
OProfile support
Support for the OProfile profiler on Intel's Sandy Bridge platform has been added by supporting all core events (except Precise Event-Based Sampling).
Wacom Bamboo MTE-450A
Red Hat Enterprise Linux 5.8 adds support for the Wacom Bamboo MTE-450A tablet.
X-keys Jog and Shuttle Pro
Support for the X-keys Jog and Shuttle Pro device has been added to Red Hat Enterprise Linux 5.8.
Bonding module allows all speeds for NICs
The bonding module in the kernel now reports the current link-speed for any network interface controller. Previously, the bonding module only reported speeds of 10/100/1000/10000. This change provides accurate reporting of the link-speed in blade enclosure environments that may use non-standard speeds such as 9 Gbs.
Maximum number of allowed serial interfaces
The CONFIG_SERIAL_8250_NR_UARTS parameter defines the maximum number of serial interfaces supported by the kernel. In Red Hat Enterprise Linux 5.8, the value of CONFIG_SERIAL_8250_NR_UARTS parameter has been increased to 64 for systems which have more than 32 (and up to 64) console connections.
The blacklist option in /etc/kdump.conf
The blacklist option is now available for Kdump configuration. This option prevents modules from being loaded in initramfs. For more information, refer to the kdump.conf(5) manual page.
fnic and iscsi support in Kdump initrd
Support for the fnic and iscsi drivers has been added to Kdump's initial RAM disk (initrd).
Kdump on Xen HVM guests
Kdump on Xen HVM guests is now enabled in Red Hat Enterprise Linux 5.8 as a Technology Preview. Performing a local dump to an emulated (IDE) disk using an Intel 64 Hypervisor with an Intel CPU is the only supported implementation. Note that the dump target must be specified in the /etc/kdump.conf file.

Chapter 3. Device Drivers

3.1. Storage Drivers

  • The ipr driver for IBM Power Linux RAID SCSI HBAs has been updated to enable SAS VRAID functions and add definitions for new adapters.
  • The megaraid driver has been updated to version 5.40, which provides a fix for FastPath I/O to work with degraded RAID 1.
  • Panther Point PCH driver has been updated to add the AHCI (Advanced Host Controller Interface) mode for Intel Panther Point Device IDs.
  • The qla2xxx 4G and 8G driver firmware was updated to version 5.06.01.
  • The qla2xxx driver for QLogic Fibre Channel HBAs has been updated to version 8.03.07.09.05.08-k, which provides support for ISP82xx to capture a dump (a minidump) on when failure occurs.
  • The qla4xxx driver has been updated to version 5.02.04.00.05.08-d0.
  • The lpfc driver for Emulex Fibre Channel Host Bus Adapters has been updated to version 8.2.0.108.1p.
  • The cciss driver has been updated to the latest version, which adds a command line switch to provide support for CCISS simple mode.
  • The be2iscsi driver for ServerEngines BladeEngine 2 Open iSCSI devices has been updated to support the pci_disable device option and a shutdown routine.
  • The bnx2i driver for Broadcom NetXtreme II iSCSI has been updated to version 2.7.0.3.
  • The kernel multipath driver has been updated to add detailed SCSI I/O errors.
  • The bfa firmware was updated to version 3.0.2.2.
  • The bfa driver was updated to include the following enhancements:
    • Support for configuration of flash partitions.
    • Support for collecting and resetting fcport statistics.
    • Support for I/O profiling.
    • Updated RME interrupt handling.
    • Support for FC-transport asynchronous event notification.
    • Support for PHYsical Layer Control (PHY) querying.
    • Support for Host Bus Adapters (HBA) diagnostics.
    • Support for obtaining Small Form Factor (SFP) information.
    • Support for CEE information and statistics querying.
    • Support for Fabric Assigned Address (FAA).
    • Support for collecting driver/fw statistics and performing adapter/ioc enable/disable operations.
  • The mpt2sas driver was updated to version 09.100.00.00, which adds support for customer specific branding.
  • The mptsas driver was updated to version 3.04.20rh.
  • The isci driver has been updated to add type safety to the state machine interface and support for Intel's next chipset.
  • The uIP driver has been updated to version 0.7.0.12 as a part of the updated iscsi-initiator-utils package.
  • The megaraid_sas driver has been updated to version 5.40-rh1.

3.2. Network Drivers

  • The bnx2x driver firmware has been updated to version 7.0.23, which provides support for new Broadcom 578xx chips.
  • The bnx2x driver has been updated to version 1.70.x.
  • The bnx2i driver has been updated to version 2.7.0.3+.
  • The bnx2 driver has been updated to version 2.1.11.
  • The cnic driver has been updated to version 2.5.3+.
  • The cxgb3 driver for the Chelsio T3 family of network devices has been updated to the latest upstream version.
  • The cxgb4 driver for Chelsio Terminator4 10G Unified Wire Network Controllers has been updated to the latest upstream version.
  • The iw_cxgb4 driver has been updated to the latest upstream version.
  • The netxen_nic driver has been updated to version 4.0.77, which adds support for VLAN RX HW acceleration.
  • The tg3 driver for Broadcom Tigon3 Ethernet devices has been updated to version 3.119.
  • The ixgbe driver for Intel 10 Gigabit PCI Express network devices has been updated to upstream version 3.4.8-k.
  • The ixgbevf driver has been updated to upstream version 2.1.0-k.
  • The igbvf driver has been updated to the latest upstream version.
  • The igb driver for Intel Gigabit Ethernet Adapters has been updated to the latest upstream version, which adds entropy support.
  • The e1000e driver for Intel 82563/6/7, 82571/2/3/4/7/8/9, and 82583 PCI-E family of controllers has been updated to version 1.4.4.
  • The e1000 driver for Intel PRO/1000 PCI and PCI-X family of adapters has been updated to the latest upstream version.
  • The bna driver has been updated to version 3.0.2.2, which provides support for the Brocade 1860 AnyIO Fabric Adapter.
  • The qlge driver has been updated to version 1.00.00.29.
  • The qlcnic driver for HP NC-Series QLogic 10 Gigabit Server Adapters has been updated to version 5.0.18.
  • The be2net driver for ServerEngines BladeEngine2 10Gbps network devices has been updated to the latest upstream version.
  • The enic driver for Cisco 10G Ethernet devices has been updated to version 2.1.1.24.
  • The nbd driver has been updated to add a user-settable timeout (NBD_SET_TIMEOUT) for I/O operations.

3.3. Graphics drivers

  • Intel's i810 graphics driver (provided by the xorg-x11-drv-i810 package) has been updated to fix various bugs for the family of 32nm processors with Intel Integrated Graphics (codenamed IronLake).
  • The Matrox mga video card driver has been updated to provide full resolution support for ServerEngines Pilot 3 (Kronos 3) chips.

Chapter 4. File System and Storage Management

--nosync option for CLVM mirrored volume extension
Clustered LVM includes a new --nosync option for extending mirrored logical volumes. When the --nosync option is specified, extending a clustered mirrored logical volume does not cause the volume to get synchronized after the extension, potentially skipping resource intensive synchronization of empty data.
Automatic re-sizing of ext4
After executing the lvextend command with the -r/--resizefs option, the ext4 file system automatically re-sizes itself. Performing a manual re-size with the resize2fs is no longer required.
Insecure ports used by NFS clients
With Red Hat Enterprise Linux 5.8, NFS clients are allowed to use insecure ports (that is, 1024 and above).
Active multipath devices not scanned by LVM
LVM no longer scans multipath member devices (underlying paths for active multipath devices) and prefers top level devices. This behavior can be switched off using the multipath_component_detection option in the /etc/lvm/lvm.conf.

Chapter 5. Authentication and Interoperability

Support for DNS SRV records
DNS SRV record support has been added to the nss_ldap package.
Support for paged LDAP look-ups
SSSD is now able to perform a paged LDAP look-up to handle large number of records returned by a single request.
New SSSD configuration options
In Red Hat Enterprise Linux 5.8, SSSD supports the following new configuration options in the /etc/sssd/sssd.conf file:
  • override_homedir
  • allowed_shells
  • vetoed_shells
  • shell_fallback
  • override_gid
For more information about these options, refer to the sssd.conf(5) manual page.

Chapter 6. Entitlement

RHN Classic selected by default
When registering a system with firstboot, the RHN Classic option is checked by default in the Subscription part.
Automatic regeneration of a certificate after renewal of a subscription
It is now possible to automatically regenerate new entitlement certificates after the renewal of a subscription. Prior to this enhancement, customers were required to manually regenerate the certificate to continue to receive software updates and other subscription services. Automatically regenerating a certificate minimizes service interruptions. Users are also notified of cases where auto regeneration of certificates was not successful. For more information, refer to https://www.redhat.com/rhel/renew/faqs/.
Stacking Subscriptions
Red Hat Enterprise Linux 5.8 adds support for subscription stacking. This allows users to combine a set of subscriptions on a single machine in order to become compliant. For more information on subscription stacking, refer to the Red Hat Enterprise Linux 5 Deployment Guide.
Migration from RHN Classic to certificate-based RHN
Red Hat Enterprise Linux 5.8 includes a new tool to migrate RHN Classic customers to the certificate-based RHN. For more information, refer to the Red Hat Enterprise Linux 5 Deployment Guide.

Chapter 7. Security, Standards and Certification

SCAP 1.1
OpenSCAP has been upgraded to provide SCAP 1.1 (Security Content Automation Protocol) functionality.
DigiCert certificate added to openssl
With Red Hat Enterprise Linux 5.8, the openssl package includes the DigiCert certificate in the /etc/pki/tls/certs/ca-bundle.crt file (which contains trusted root CA certificates).

Chapter 8. Compiler and Tools

SystemTap
SystemTap is a tracing and probing tool that allows users to study and monitor the activities of the operating system (particularly, the kernel) in fine detail. It provides information similar to the output of tools like netstat, ps, top, and iostat; however, SystemTap is designed to provide more filtering and analysis options for collected information.
SystemTap in Red Hat Enterprise Linux 5.8 is updated to version 1.6, providing:
  • Kernel modules with a hyphen ("-") in their name, such as i2c-core are now handled properly.
  • process.mark now supports $$parms for reading probe parameters.
  • Improved and simplified operation of the SystemTap compile-server and client:
    • compile-server may cache script build results for improved performance.
    • compile-server and client communicate to exchange version information to adjust the communication protocol accordingly and use the newest version of the server possible.
    • Removal of deprecated tools: stap-client, stap-authorize-server-cert, stap-authorize-signing-cert, stap-find-or-start-server, and stap-find-servers.
  • For remote execution, the --remote USER@HOST functionality can now be specified multiple times and will automatically build the script for distinct kernel and architecture configurations, and run it on all named machines at once.
  • The staprun utility now allows multiple instances of the same script to be run at same time.
  • A new tz_ctime() function prints the local time zone time.
  • New HZ() and jiffies() functions have been added for lightweight approximate time keeping.

Chapter 9. Clustering and High Availability

Installing Packages from the High Availability and Resilient Storage Channels
On a Red Hat Enterprise Linux 5.8 Beta system, installing the cluster and cluster-storage packages from cdn.redhat.com resulted in the associated products, High Availability and Resilient Storage, becoming marked as not having been installed. Red Hat recommends using the Red Hat Enterprise Linux 5.8 Beta installation media, by providing the subscription number during installation, to install packages from cluster and cluster-storage. For more information about subscription numbers, which are also known as installation numbers, refer to the following KBase article.

Chapter 10. Virtualization

10.1. Xen

Attaching a host CD-ROM to a PV guest
Support for attaching a host CD-ROM to a paravirtualized guest as a virtual block device has been improved.
Dynamic re-sizing of guest VBDs
In Red Hat Enterprise Linux 5.8, virtual block devices in Xen guests reflect any on-line re-sizing of the host-side backing devices.

10.2. KVM

SPICE QXL drivers added to virtio-win
To enable simple installation and updating of drivers without requiring an MSI installer to be run, SPICE QXL drivers have been added to the virtio-win RPM package.

10.3. SPICE

New pixman package
Red Hat Enterprise Linux 5.8 includes a new pixman package which provides a low-level pixel manipulation library and offers features such as image compositing and trapezoid rasterization. The pixman package is added as a dependency of the spice-client package.

Chapter 11. General Updates

Improved PDF/A support
Red Hat Enterprise Linux 5.8 include improved support for PDF/A—the ISO-standardized version of the Portable Document Format—by upgrading to GhostScript version 9.01.
connectiontimeout parameter for httpd
The httpd service includes a new connectiontimout parameter which specifies the amount of time the service should wait for the creation of a connection to the back-end to complete. By specifying this parameter, the number of timeout errors propagated to the client when using load balancing via Apache is greatly reduced.
iptables reload option
The iptables services now includes a reload option which refreshes iptables rules without unloading/reloading the modules and dropping any already-established connections.
xz support for RPM
In Red Hat Enterprise Linux 5.8, RPM utilizes the xz package to handle compression/decompression of packages that use LZMA encryption.
The python-ctypes package
Red Hat Enterprise Linux 5.8 adds a new python-ctypes package. python-ctypes is a python module which creates and manipulates C data types in Python, and calls functions in dynamic link libraries (DLLs) or shared libraries. It allows wrapping of these libraries in pure Python. This package serves as a dependency of the iotop utility.
64-bit version of unixOBDC
A new 64-bit version of unixODBC has been added to Red Hat Enterprise Linux 5.8 via the unixODBC64 package. Along with the unixODBC64 package, two packages providing specific database support have been added: mysql-connector-odbc64 and postgresql-odbc64. Users who need to interoperate with third-party ODBC drivers are advised to install the unixODBC64 package, and then install the postgresql-odbc64 and/or mysql-connector-odbc64 packages if needed.
The iotop utility
A new iotop utility has been added. iotop is a Python program with a user interface similar to the one of the top utility, and used to show continuous I/O operation statistics for running processes.
binutils for BD-capable gcc44
Red Hat Enterprise Linux 5.8 provides a new binutils220 package, capable of using BD instructions when compiling with gcc44. This enables users to build programs which take advantage of the AMD Bulldozer CPU features.
httpd service restart after an upgrade
The httpd service is now automatically restarted after the httpd package is upgraded.
Curl support for Kerberos negotiation
The curl utility now includes negotiate proxy support in order to use Kerberos authentication to communicate with remote machines.
ssl_request_cert option for vsftpd
The vsftpd package now includes a ssl_request_cert option which allows client certificate checks to be disabled. If enabled, vsftpd requests (but not necessarily requires) a certificate on incoming SSL connections. The default setting for this option (in the /etc/vsftpd/vsftpd.conf file) is Yes.
Added device IDs in the hwdata package
The hwdata package contains tools for accessing and displaying hardware identification and configuration data. Device IDs have been added for the following hardware:
  • Intel Core i3, i5, i7 and other processors formerly code named "Sandy Bridge"
  • the latest HP Integrated Lights-Out 4 (iLO) devices
  • Atheros 3x3 a/g/n (Madeira) wireless LAN

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