Ubuntu Server development summary – 11 September 2018

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Spotlight: cloud-init user-data templates

Cloud-init version 18.3.39 adds jinja template support for user-data scripts and cloud config. As part of this feature, any cloud metadata crawled by cloud-init is presented as template variables. Any cloud-provided metadata such as ip addresses, hostname, region, availability_zone can be referenced in user-data cloud config or scripts without having to crawl and parse metadata in separate tooling.

Since cloud-init generalizes some of this instance metadata across all clouds, it now allows user-data to be more flexible when deploying to different cloud platforms. See Using instance metadata for more information.

cloud-init

Below are commits landed in upstream cloud-init project since the last dev-summary

  • user-data: jinja template to render instance-data.json in cloud-config (LP: #1791781)
  • config: disable ssh access to a configured user account
  • tests: print failed testname instead of docstring upon failure
  • tests: Disallow use of util.subp except for where needed.
  • sysconfig: refactor sysconfig to accept distro specific templates paths
  • gce: Backport GCE datasource functionality from Xenial to Trusty [Shane Peters]
  • released to Ubuntu Cosmic: cloud-init v.18.3.38

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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

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Total: 4

Uploads Released to the Supported Releases

Total: 7

Uploads to the Development Release

Total: 20

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