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This Week in OpenSim Dev – week ending Saturday 1st May 2010 May 4, 2010

Posted by justincc in opensim, opensim-dev, opensim-news, secondlife, twiod, virtual-environments, virtual-worlds.

The changes described here appear only in OpenSim’s cutting edge Git ‘master’ branch. Please do not attempt to use code taken directly from ‘master’ in any production environment. At particular points in time this in-development code may not work or may even cause data corruption. If you are not a developer or tester, please treat this summary instead as a preview of what will be coming up in the next release. The latest official release is OpenSim 0.6.8 (released on 23rd December 2009).

This week in OpenSim ( 2ac00b – 648999 ).

General news

  • The cutting edge OpenSim Git master code is still unstable following the final merge of the ROBUST server migration on the 1st March 2010.  I very strongly recommend that you don’t update to this code unless you are a developer or tester – please stick with official releases such as OpenSim 0.6.8.  If you do need to update, here are some work-in-progress migration instructions.

Features & bug fixes

  • Melanie addressed a linking issue (177048).
  • I made the new SQLite database adaptors the default option since they do work with Mono 2.4 on Linux as well as Mono 2.6 and later.  Unfortunately, these do not work with Mac OSX out of the box – an issue that will be addressed in the future.  Mac OSX users using Mono 2.4 can continue to use SQLite but they must switch to the SQLiteLegacy.dll.  Instructions for doing this are contained in OpenSim.ini.example and config-include/StandaloneCommon.ini.example (f11641).


  • Diva worked on a new ‘XInventory’ inventory database adaptor for SQLite and MySQL.  This allows for simpler network connectors.  The data schema for MySQL is the same as the existing inventory module so no data migration is required.  There is also an automatic data migration supplied for SQLite.


1. AnonymousCoward - May 6, 2010

When will this freakin “merge” be finished! Very disappointed in OpenSim leadership right now.

2. justincc - May 12, 2010

@AnonymousCoward – The thing with open source is that it often takes as long as it takes. The merge is far from trivial and so it’s taking rather a long time (longer than most people expected).

Having said that, OpenSim 0.6.9 should be released pretty soon. This won’t contain the ROBUST merge changes but will have a large number of other fixes and improvements.

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