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Release notes: Open GEE 5.3.0

New Features

Added the ability to control the XML cache size. The size can be modified by configuring the INIT_HEAP_SIZE, MAX_HEAP_SIZE, and BLOCK_SIZE settings in /etc/opt/google/XMLparams. This file must be created manually. View the Configure Fusion performance document for more details.

Users can now force the XML cache to purge periodically. This can be done by configuring the PURGE and PURGE_LEVEL settings in /etc/opt/google/XMLparams. This file must be created manually. View the Configure Fusion performance document for more details.

Added a ``long_version`` parameter to the SCons build. This will allow the user to override the long version string.

Added options to the Server install script. The server install script now checks the size of the publish root and allows the user to set custom user and group names.

Improved system manager performance and memory consumption for large builds. This release eliminates some duplicate processing and storage in system manager, which reduces the amount of time and memory it takes to run operations on large builds.

Upgraded to OpenJPEG 2000 2.3.1. This upgrade brings bugs fixes and improvements.

Supported Platforms

The Open GEE 5.3.0 release 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 5.3.0 is compatible with Google Earth Enterprise Client (EC) version 7.1.5 and above.

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 5.3.0. Installing Open GEE 5.3.0 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 5.3.0.

Resolved Issues

Number Description Resolution
127 Incorrect error messages from Fusion installer. Stop incorrect error from showing when re-installing with-uflag.
200 stage_install fails on the tutorial files when /home and /tmp are on different file systems. Files are linked in /tmp using symbolic links back to original locations.
279 Server upgrade resets the Admin Console password. When the GEE server is upgraded, either through the script or the RPMs, the Admin Console password will be preserved if the password file is found at the expected location.
799 The GEE Portable Server does not return valid JSON when queried with http://<server>/<map>/query?request=Json. Added a v parameter to the query; when its value is 2, the GEE Portable Server will return proper JSON. Currently, it defaults to 1 if not specified.
1093 The geselectpublishroot server command line tool offers no help, and appears to take some action when the --help flag is specified. Help has been added through the --help option, or if any invalid parameter is given.
1098 TravisCI can pass when compilation fails. Add logic to cause compilation failures to be detected and reported.
1104 CentOS 7 (and maybe others) fails to build Open GEE. Build seems to fail when building third party parts of Qt. This appears to be an issue with libpng. Fixed by including libpng12 in the build script.
1122 Check for PIL (Python Imaging Library) returns an error. Change how PIL is included.
1158 geeServerDefs are not returned by Portable Server after being requested, once the globe has been viewed by a client. It is not possible to request geeServerDefs for globes other than the current selectedGlobe. geeServerDefs are returned correctly and can be requested for any valid globe at any time.
1166 Imagery resources can be created with invalid dates. Added a validity check that ensures a valid date is entered. A date of 0000-00-00 can also be entered as a default value. The user will not be allowed to save with an invalid date entered. This applies only to the GUI.
1169 Cutting a globe with historical imagery embeds a link to the original Google Earth Server that served the historical imagery. There is an advanced option to include historical imagery links or not. The default option will be to NOT include links to historical imagery, and the links will be stripped from the cut globe. When the historical imagery links are enabled, the existing behavior will be preserved.
1187 RPM upgrades change owner and permissions on symlinked portable globe directories. Symlinked portable globe directories are not modified during geserver upgrades.
1190 Some 32-bit platforms are unable to open files of size >2GB. Use POSIX file API to support large files on some 32-bit platforms.
1192 There appears to be a regression issue in OpenJPEG 2000 lib version 2.3.0 (that Fusion uses), causing an error when fusing jp2 files. We have upgraded to OpenJPEG 2.3.1 fixing this issue.
1194 Sockets build up during large project builds. gesystemmanager now has a timeout when trying to respond to a request for status. This prevents a backlog of requests that could build up while it is busy handling a long-running request. The timeout is configurable.
1201 Fusion uses incorrect or no date if using .kip files as source. Fusion now uses acquisition data correctly.
1210 Fix Xerces-related memory leaks. Added an experimental option that fixes several memory leaks related to our usage of the Xerces library.
1228 Assemble button is not fully visible, making it difficult to use the GLC assembly tool. Added a scroll-bar to glc_assemble webpage to allow scrolling to ‘Assemble’ button.
1251 Build number was incorrectly being appended to the version in RPM packaging. RPM packaging should put the build number in the release field of the RPM properties and not append it to the version number in the version field. This was preventing point releases from properly upgrading.
1275 Search results from KML layers do not display properly in Earth Client. Updated KML rendering libraries with new versions provided by Google.
1276 System manager purges the asset and asset version caches unnecessarily during builds. For large builds this can evict most of the items from the cache. Remove the calls to these purge functions.
1270 Fusion uninstaller uses incorrect username ” ——” Fixed XML parsing in that could return incorrect values.

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 The created backup can be deleted.
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.
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.
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.
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 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 6 and 7, and CentOS 6 and 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.
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’s 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.
686 SCons fails to detect libpng library on CentOS 6 Ensure that a default g++ compiler is installed.
700 Add EL6/EL7 check to RPMs Make sure that RPMS are installed on same EL version that they were produced for.
788 Search fails after transferring and publishing a database using disconnected send from the command line Re-publish the database from the web interface.
825 Geserver fails to start up fully due to conflicting protobuf library Run pip uninstall protobuf to uninstall the protobuf library installed by pip.
1202 Can’t select .kip, .ktp, or .kvp as source for resource using Fusion UI. Add the resource from the command line.
1257 Fusion CLI allows users to enter an invalid date/time for Imagery Resources. Ensure you use a valid date when creating resources from the command line.