Zope changes This file contains change information for the current Zope release. Change information for previous versions of Zope can be found in the file HISTORY.txt. Zope 2.3.0 Bugs Fixed - The authentication machinery now correctly returns a 400 (Bad Request) if an invalid authentication token (bad base64 encoding) is sent by a client. - ZClasses with very minimal base classes could end up without a '_setId' method, which createInObjectManager expects. - Fixed a bug that caused the ExtensionClass __call_method__ hook to fail when used with unbound C methods. - Fixed a bug in the management interface which caused the "Paste" button to not show up after a copy or cut operation on the first showing of manage_main. - Final lexicon optimizations that provide additional performance over previous releases. In addition, the number of objects that have to be updated is frequently reduced. - Merge code for Catalog Text indexes has been integrated. This will now merge the changes in, rather than replacing them. This should reduce the number of objects that has to be updated. In addition, when nothing has changed, the object's indexes won't be touched, saving enormous amounts of space for some applications. - Flow of the Catalog management screens cleaned up so that pages are refreshed correctly. Buttons on the Advanced tab refresh to the Advanced tab now. - Further management interface cleanup of the Lexicon to bring in line with the normal ZMI. Zope 2.3.0 beta 3 Bugs Fixed - The import / export button did not show up if a folder was empty. - A problem in acquisition wrapping of users obtained though the SecurityManager caused certain ownership operations to fail (this manifested itself as a report about broken DAV MOVE operations). - The Zope management screens no longer try to set a default charset with the content-type. - Certain security related operations were failing due to argument mismatch errors (too many arguments). - Passing unicode data to html_quote could cause problems since html_quote was trying to screen out two characters that many browsers are willing to accept as html special characters (to prevent "cross-site scripting" attacks). This has been moved out of html_quote and into the RESPONSE object, where the chars will be quoted only if no charset is defined for the content-type or the charset is an alias for Latin-1. - Rename via FTP was not supported. - Changed index_html, standard_html_header, standard_html_footer, and standard_error_message in Data.fs.in to use "new" DTML syntax (as opposed to SSI-style syntax). - meta_type of all DTML Methods in Data.fs.in object manager "_objects" lists is now "DTML Method". It had been "Document", which caused inaccurate superValues results if 'spec' was used. - Make ZClasses navigable to FTP/WebDAV; implement 'PUT_factory' hook to create PythonScripts (for MIMEtype 'text/x-python') and DTMLMethods (for other 'text' MIMEtypes) (Collector #998). - Calling manage_addProperty with a list value and a type of 'lines' caused a string representation of the list to be stored. - Submitting the proxy roles form without selecting any roles to be used as proxy roles caused objects with proxy role support to silently become unexecutable (have effectively empty proxy roles) rather than raising an error. The proxy role api now requires that at least one role be passed in or an error will be raised. - Mechanisms in the underbelly of the Catalog and Globbing Lexicon (which is the default for all new Catalogs) has been overhauled given substantial performance increases. On simple queries, performance should double (or more) in many situations, whereas with globbed queries it may increase by substantially more. - A method in SQLMethod objects had been removed but the reference to it in __ac_permissions__ had not, which caused failure on attempting to set permissions on SQLMethods. - A bit of exception handing in the dtml-in tag implementation was too general and could hide subsequent rendering exceptions (thanks to Richard Jones for the patch). - Cacheability was not fully enabled for DTML Documents. Zope 2.3.0 beta 2 Bugs Fixed - Changed management style sheet to explicitly set the http content-type to avoid a rendering problem on resize in NS browsers. - Data.fs.in index_html now shows zope_quick_start instead of old, inaccurate content. - Changed index_html, standard_html_header, standard_html_footer, and standard_error_message in Data.fs.in to use "new" DTML syntax (as opposed to SSI-style syntax). - The way that the default management tree view imposed sorting in its tree tag dtml made it hard for custom objects to provide a sorting that would be more appropriate for the custom object. The management tree view now preserves whatever ordering is returned from tpValues. The default tpValues implementation in the ObjectManager class sorts by id by default. - Disallowed object IDs that start with "aq_". - Changed the default support for "domain authentication mode" in UserFolder to be disabled by default. Domain auth mode was implemented for a very specific case long ago and causes a lot of overhead for anonymous accesses that are needless for the 99% case. People who actually want domain auth mode turned on may call a new 'setDomainAuthenticationMode' method to enable it if they wish. - Changed the implementation of emergency_user to be backward compatible with the expectations of third-party user folders. Third party user folders should now work with Zope 2.3 without modification. - A bug in the search interface generation for ZCatalogs was fixed. - An integrity check for the global product registry has been added at startup to mitigate registry consistency problems caused by things like missing base classes that cannot be detected by Zope (like removing a Product that another Product depends upon). If a problem is detected, the global registry is automatically rebuilt and the action is logged. - A bug in the rendering of 'record' type form variables when rendering a request object was fixed. - A bug that cause setting of proxy roles for Python Scripts to fail was fixed. Zope 2.3.0 beta 1 Features Added - Added a hook that allows user folders to provide a logout action. - Added a browser preferences screen to allow people to tweak the management UI to their liking. For the folks who complained that they didn't like the new top frame, they can (among other things) turn it off from the browser preferences screen. - Added Michel's new QuickStart material. I haven't quite decided whether the old QuickStart should go away or stay around as a source of examples. - The logout function has been implemented in a fairly minimal way. We may try to make this nicer by final if we get time. - The ZCatalog interface is now cleaned up and matches the new interface look and feel better. In addition some logical reorganization was made to move things onto an Advanced tab. - Result sets from the Catalog are now much Lazier, and will do concatenation with eachother in a lazy fashion. This was suggested by Casey Duncan in Collector #1712. Bugs Fixed - Added a deprecated alias to UnrestrictedUser, Super, for use by user folder products that depend on the old class name. - Fixed path for management interface files used for CatalogPathAwareness and Aqueduct. - Fixed a NameError in HTTPRequest. - Made manage_page_style.css correctly available to all. - ZCatalog objects now show up in the Add List in the same naming convention that was used for all other Z* objects. This does *not* affect the meta_type that is actually used for the object itself. - (Collector #1835, 1820, 1826) Eliminated errors in both Field and Keyword indexes where old keys might show up in 'uniqueValuesFor()' because of the way the data structures were kept around. - (Collector #1823)Eliminated situation where if the Catalog did not have a metadata record for 'meta_type' the Cataloged Objects view would be incorrect and list everything as a 'ZCatalog'. Now it simply lists it as 'Unknown'. - (Collector #1844) On the brains returned from ZCatalog queries, 'getObject()' now tries to resolve URLs as well as paths. This should catch more cases. - Tags generated for ImageFile objects attempted to use title_or_id(), which is not defined for those objects. - Mounting now fails gracefully in when getId() is not available in the mounted object. Zope 2.3.0 alpha 2 Features Added - The install machinery for source release has been modified to allow Zope to build out of the box for Python 2.0. Note however, that Python 2.0 is still not officially supported. You may see quite a few warnings from the extension builder when compiling for Python 2. - A new module, AccessControl.Permissions has been added to make it easier to use the new security assertion spelling. The new module provides consistent symbolic constants for the standard Zope permissions. - Cache manager support added. This allows site administrators to ease the burden on their site in a very configurable way. It also provides an API for developers to follow when experimenting with caching strategies. - The ZPublisher 'method' form variable type has been deprecated in favor of 'action'. The behavior is the same, only the official (and documented in the Zope book) name has changed. The 'method' name is still supported for backward compatibility. - The 'objectIds' and 'objectValues' methods of ObjectManager derived objects are no longer directly Web-accessible. This is a topic that has come up over and over on the lists. Some (xml-rpc, mostly) users may depend on this behavior - applications that need access to this information remotely should be modified so that a Python Script or DTML Method can explicitly pass the data. - The Image.tag() and ZopeAttributionButton methods now return an image tag that is XHTML compatible; a space and a slash have been added. - SQLMethods can now be edited via FTP and WebDAV tools. Thanks to Anthony Baxter for his FTP support patches. - The Catalog has been slightly overhauled to manage object paths instead of URLs in its tables. This should not cause any backward compatability concern, but everyone upgrading should read the web pages on the zope.org site at: http://dev.zope.org/Wikis/DevSite/Projects/ZCatalogVirtualHostFix/UpgradeFAQ this will provide information about how to upgrade and new features on the result sets, like getObject and getPath. These are very important. - SiteAccess 2.0 has been added, to enable virtual hosting. - The StandardCacheManagers product has been added as a primary product, making it easier to get started with caching. - The class DTMLFile has been added alongside of HTMLFile. It supports name bindings, ignores positional parameters, and puts the container on top of the namespace by default. Most HTMLFiles should work the same (or more securely) if converted to a DTMLFile. Most management interface methods should be converted by the final release of 2.3. - Added a variable called PUBLISHED to REQUEST. From now on, this variable should be used instead of PARENTS for user validation. - The inituser file is now read even when one user has been created. This provides a way to reset the password after a new user installs Zope but ignores the generated password. - ZCatalogs have a reduced number of management interface tabs. - ZCatalog keyword and field indexes have been modified to use a merge strategy when existing indexes are updated. When an existing object is indexed, the contents of field and keyword indexes are merged with the changes detected between the existing contents of the index and the new content. - CatalogPathAware class added. This will eventually replace CatalogAware. - The ManagementInterfaceQuickFix project was merged in. The Zope management interface has been tweaked in various ways to improve productivity and consistency and is now at least slightly less ugly :) Bugs Fixed - A misspelled function name which prevented the addition of properties was corrected. - Caused PropertySheets to restrict IDs the same way ObjectManager does. - (Collector #1586) Fixed situation where the Catalog would attempt to loop over a bucket as if it were a list, which won't work. This was reported by Steve Alexander with a patch. - Corrected local role computation (Hotfix 2000-12-15) - The basic user folder implementation in User.py was changed to use the Zope security policy machinery. see http://dev.zope.org/Wikis/DevSite/Proposals/ ChangeUserFoldersToUseSecurityPolicyAPI for details. - Trying to cut or copy with no items selected now returns a nicer error message. - A roles keyword argument was added to ZopeSecurityPolicy.validate to enable callers to pass in roles as opposed to allowing the machinery to figure it out for itself. - Some product context initialization related to setting roles was updated. Zope 2.3.0 alpha 1 Features Added - Python Scripts are now part of the Zope core. Big whopping kudos to Evan Simpson for all of the work he has put into this! Having Python Scripts in the core will allow people to much more easily separate logic and presentation (and get that logic out of DTML!) More information and prototype documentation for Python Scripts can be found in the dev.zope.org project: http://dev.zope.org/Wikis/DevSite/Projects/PythonMethods - Added the __replaceable__ property support to ObjectManager. This is currently documented only in the Wiki. - Added unit tests for the DateTime module. - Added new BASEPATHn and URLPATHn variables in the REQUEST object, and changed Zope core DTML files to use BASEPATH1 instead of SCRIPT_NAME. - Added new getId() method to SimpleItem.Item. This should now be used instead of referencing 'object.id' directly, as it is guaranteed to always be a method and to always return the right thing regardless of how the id of the object is stored internally. - Improved Ownership controls. Now you simply choose whether or not to take ownership of sub-objects when taking ownership. There is no need to control implicit/explicit ownership. - Changed the Zope installation procedure so it is only necessary to create one user account and that user is stored in the ZODB. The user created at startup now is simply a normal intial "Manager", not the "superuser". It is no longer necessary to login, create an initial manager, logout and log back in! Woohoo! - Implemented the "emergency user" concept, which is the new name for what was called the superuser. The emergency user doesnt even exist now until you explicitly create it. - Added new "WebDAV source view" HTTP handler, enabled by new '-W' (note uppercase) switch to z2.py. This handler is *not* enabled by default. - Implemented "hookable PUT creation" (allows containers to override webdav.NullResource's guess at the type of object to create when PUT is done to an unknown ID). - Added testrunner.py to the utilities directory. The testrunner is a basic utility for running PyUnit based unit tests. It can be used to run all tests found in the Zope tree, all test suites in a given directory or in specific files. The testrunner will be used to ensure that all checked in tests pass before releases are made. For more information, see the docstring of the actual testrunner.py module. - The Interface scarecrow package has been checked in - more work will likely be done on it before it goes into wide use. See Michel's "Zope Interfaces" project on dev.zope.org for details: http://www.zope.org/Wikis/Interfaces/FrontPage - PyUnit has been checked into the core. Along with the testrunner, this provides enough infrastructure for us to incrementally begin accumulating (and running!) test suites for various parts of the Zope core. - The new security assertion support has been checked in. For more information and an updated version of the "Zope security for developers" guide see the project on dev.zope.org: http://dev.zope.org/Wikis/DevSite/Projects/DeclarativeSecurity Bugs Fixed - Removed some cruft in OFS/content_types.py (an old data structure was being constructed but was going unused in favor of a newer structure used in conjunction with the mimetypes module). - (Collector #1650)Where the underlying object does not define its own '__cmp__()', comparisons of acquisition-wrapped objects fall back to comparing the identities *of the wrappers* . Fixed to unwrap the object (both, if needed) before comparing identities. - (Collector #1687 Products which register base classes for ZClasses typically defer creating them until product registration; the derived ZClass needs them to be available immediately after import. Deprecated 'ProductContext.registerZClass' and 'ProductContext.registerBaseClass' in favor of a new function, 'ZClasses.createZClassForBase' (because none of the machinery needed a ProductContext instance anyway). - (Collector #1355) Fixed overlapping HTTP POST requests in ZServer which could have been corrupted. Thanks to Jeff Ragsdale. - Undid a bug fix that caused the DateTime unit tests to fail. - Removed the requirement that an "access" file exist. "access" is now only needed to create an emergency user account. - Disabled the monitor port by default because, initially, there is no emergency user, and thus no password that can be used to protect the port. - Secured the hole that was patched by Hotfix_2000-12-08. - Disallowed object IDs that end with two underscores. - Caused PropertyManager to restrict id's the same way ObjectManager does.