Google logo

Release notes: Open GEE 5.2.1


Open GEE 5.2.1 is a comprehensive update of Open GEE 5.2.0. It contains new features, several bug fixes in Fusion and GEE Server, and updates to third-party libraries.

New Features

MrSID support. At build time, Open GEE checks for MrSID libraries and, if found, Fusion will be built with MrSID raster format support.

RPM Installers. For RedHat and CentOS, RPMs can now be built to enable easier installation. For Ubuntu, the installer scripts continue to be the supported way to install Open GEE.

JPEG2000 performance boost. Updated version of OpenJpeg2000 library has considerable performance increase.

Controlling quality of terrain. Command-line tool gepackgen producing packets now accepts a decimation value. In general, reducing the decimation value for terrain produces higher quality and better looking terrain.

Testing scripts enhanced. and scripts now publish the pushed databases.

Detailed version info. Version number displayed in user interface shows detailed information indicating an official release or a development build.

Continuous Integration. Travis CI is used for continuous integration. On every new commit to Open GEE a build is executed to validate the committed changes.

Supported Platforms

Open GEE 5.2.1 is supported on 64-bit versions of the following operating systems:

  • Red Hat Enterprise Linux version 6.x and 7.x, including the most recent security patches
  • CentOS 6.x and 7.x
  • Ubuntu 14.04 LTS and 16.04 LTS

Google Earth Enterprise 5.2.1 is compatible with Google Earth Enterprise Client (EC) version 7.1.5 and above.

New and Updated Libraries

Open GEE 5.2.1 includes many library updates. Major updates include:

Library Version New or Updated
OpenJPEG 2.3.0 Updated
PostgreSQL 9.6.5 Updated
PostGIS 2.3.4 Updated

To upgrade from Open GEE 5.2.0, do NOT uninstall it. We recommend that you upgrade Open GEE 5.2.0 by simply installing Open GEE 5.2.1. Installing Open GEE 5.2.1 on top of Open GEE 5.2.0 will ensure that your PostgreSQL databases are backed-up and upgraded correctly to the new PostgreSQL version used by Open GEE 5.2.1.

Known Issues

Number Description Workaround
4 Google basemap fails to load in 2D Mercator Maps Obtain a valid Google Maps API key and include it in /opt/google/gehttpd/htdocs/maps/maps_google.html.
8 Ensure GEE Portable Cutter Job Completes No current work around.
9 Improve FileUnpacker Handling of Invalid Files No current work around.
20 Simplify build process for portable builds on MacOS Building and running Portable Server on MacOS should be possible with minimal changes.
34 Scons build creates temporary directories named “0” No current work around.
126 The Fusion installer creates a backup on the first run No current work around. The created backup can be deleted.
127 Incorrect error messages from Fusion installer No current work around.
190 Hostname mismatch check in installers doesn’t work as expected No current work around.
193 Updated docs are not copied if the /tmp/fusion_os_install directory already exists Delete /tmp/fusion_os_install at the beginning of the stage_install build process.
200 stage_install fails on the tutorial files when /home and /tmp are on different file systems Ensure that /home and /tmp are on the same file system or download the tutorial files to /opt/google/share/tutorials/fusion/ after installing Fusion.
201 Some tiles are displayed incorrectly in the Enterprise Client when terrain is enabled No current work around.
202 Icons are not displayed on vector layers in the Enterprise Client No current work around. It is not clear if this is an error in GEE or in the Enterprise Client.
203 Some vector layer options are not saved No current work around.
221 The asset manager may display that a job is “Queued” when in fact the job is “Blocked” No current work around.
225 Fusion lets you create folder with space in the name Avoid creating folder with space in their name.
234 Geserver raises error executing apache_logs.pyc No current work around.
254 Automasking fails for images stored with UTM projection Use GDAL to convert the images to a different projection before ingesting them into Fusion.
269 gevectorimport doesn’t crop features Use GDAL/OGR to crop vector dataset before importing them using Fusion.
295 Fix buffer overflows and leaks in unit tests No current work around.
309 Check for the FusionConnection before new asset is populated Make sure that gefusion service is started.
320 The Portable Server web page uses obsolete REST calls Do not use the buttons on the Portable Server web interface for adding remote servers or broadcasting to remote servers as these features are no longer supported.
326 Libraries may be loaded from the wrong directory Delete any library versions that should not be loaded or use LD_LIBRARY_PATH to load libraries from /opt/google/lib.
340 GE Fusion Terrain is black No current work around.
342 Fusion crashes when opening an unsupported file type Re-open Fusion and avoid opening unsupported file types.
343 gefusion: File ->open->kiasset,ktasset,kip does not work kip is not a supported format. Void opening files with .kip extension.
380 Provider field in resource-view is blank Open the individual resource to see the provider.
401 GEE commands are not in the path for sudo. Specify the full path when running commands or add /opt/google/bin to the path for all users, including the super user.
402 Provider manager window locked to main window. No current work around.
403 Missing close button on system manager window in RHEL 7 Right click the title bar and select close.
404 Opaque polygons in preview. No current work around.
405 Vector layer preview not cleared in some situations Reset the preview window to the correct state by either clicking on it or previewing another vector layer.
407 Corrupt data warning when starting Fusion No current work around but Fusion loads and runs correctly.
419 Fix Fusion Graphics Acceleration in Ubuntu 14 Docker Container Hosted on Ubuntu 16 No current work around.
437 Rebooting VM while it is building resources results in a corrupted XML No current work around.
439 Uninstalling Fusion without stopping it results in unexpected error message Ignore that error message.
440 Fuzzy imagery in historical imagery tests. No current work around.
442 Multiple database pushes after upgrade don’t report a warning No current work around.
444 Fusion installer does not upgrade the asset root on RHEL 7 Upgrade the asset root manually by running the command that is printed when you try to start the Fusion service.
445 Path to tutorial source volume in gee_test instructions is different from path used in installers Use /opt/google/share/tutorials.
448 Investigate Out of Memory issues Use a system that has more than 4GB RAM.
453 Improve `check_server_processes_running` detection for uninstall No current work around.
456 Inconsistent behavior of vector layers after upgrade No current work around.
460 Possibility of seg fault in QDateWrapper No current work around.
474 Running gee_check on some supported platforms reports that the platform is not supported You can ignore the failed test if using a supported platform (Ubuntu 14.04, Ubuntu 16.04, RHEL 7, and CentOS 7).
477 ‘service geserver stop/start/restart’ doesn’t work on Ubuntu 16.04 without a reboot Reboot and try again.
487 gdal - python utilities do not recognize osgeo module Install python-gdal.
507 Volume host is reported unavailable if `hostname` doesn’t match volume host Set the host values in /gevol/assets/.config/volumes.xml to the FQDN and restart the Fusion service.
535 often is not staged properly for install Copy to /tmp/fusion_os_install.
557 WMS service problem with ‘width’ & ‘height’ & ‘bbox’ No current work around.
569 geserver service installation and uninstallation issues Before uninstalling geserver verify if it is running or not.
590 Maps API JavaScript Files Not Found No current work around.
594 Save errors only reported for the first image Close the form in question and try again.
640 Save button disabled in ‘Map Layer’ creation dialog when an error encountered Close the resource form and open it again to make the save option available again.
651 Release executables and libraries depend on gtest Follow current build instructions that requires gtest to be installed.
669 Missing repo in RHEL 7 build instructions Enable rhel-7-server-optional-rpms and rhel-7-server-optional-source-rpms repos.
682 Update geconfigurepublishroot to fully correct file permissions Correct manually the file permissions.
686 Scons fails to detect libpng library on CentOS 6 Ensure that a default g++ compiler is installed.
694 Search fails after transferring and publishing a database using disconnected send from the command line Re-publish the database from the web interface.
700 Add EL6/EL7 check to RPMs Make sure that RPMS are installed on same EL version that they were produced for.

Resolved Issues

Number Description Resolution
2 MrSID imagery is not supported Build script now checks for MrSID libraries and if found, Fusion will be built with MrSID format support
6 The Portable UI reports an error any time a cut is canceled, even if the cancel was successful Fixed concurrency issue
247 Default Imagery and Terrain file filters ignore files with the “.tiff” extension Added “.tiff” to list of supported format extensions
321, 335, 359 If there is an error while saving a resource, the resource cannot be saved again even if the error is resolved Fixed out-of-sync errors
355 Package gtest under CentOS/RHEL 6 instructions for building Open GEE under CentOS 6 were updated and build scripts modified to detect and use “devtoolset-2-toolchain”
375 Invalid version of psycopg2 on Ubuntu 16.04 Added PYTHONPATH to Apache environment, so it gets passed on to CGI scripts like Cutter
423 Slower JPEG2000 performance than 5.1.3 Upgraded to new version of OpenJpeg: 2.3.0. This new version has multiple performance improvements.
476 Support building on CentOS6 with Python2.6 Added support for Python 2.6 for CentOS6.
515 gepolymaskgen segfaults with specific inputs Fixed out of bounds error in box filter
524 Globe Database Fails to Publish if a Snippet is selected Fixed spelling mistake
624 File permissions incorrect in /opt/google if root has a restrictive umask Fixed permissions
634 Duplicate resources in imagery projects Passed “re_init” flag down through prefill
658 Fix Perl Interpreter Paths in Built Scripts Added initscripts as a dependency for opengee-server and updated find-requires and requiresCommands capabilities of RPM
666 Running gerewritedbroot with the proper parameters results in a usage message initialized variable in gerewritedbroot
668 Cannot push databases with search enabled in dual server configuration Ensured that poi data files are included in the manifest when pushing a database to the server
671 Documentation link on Server admin page is broken in release_5.2.1 Fixed links
677, 685 Trying to disassemble or assemble a portable globe or map GLC fails on RedHat 6 Used a python 2.6 compatible function instead of python 2.7.
680 Restoring a DB dump from earlier versions of GEE that does not have a search enabled will fail Moved logic to add postgres extension when restoring/upgrading earlier in the process