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*Facter 2.0.1-rc2*

*Pre-release *RC2: March 12, 2014.


*Facter 2.0.1-rc2 Downloads*

Source: https://downloads.puppetlabs.com/facter/facter-2.0.1-rc2.tar.gz

Available in native package format in the pre-release repositories at:
http://yum.puppetlabs.com and http://apt.puppetlabs.com

For information on how to enable the Puppet Labs pre-release repos, see:
http://docs.puppetlabs.com/guides/puppetlabs_package_repositories.html#enabling-the-prerelease-repos

Gems are available via rubygems at
https://rubygems.org/downloads/facter-2.0.1.rc2.gem or by using gem install
--pre facter

Mac packages are available at
https://downloads.puppetlabs.com/mac/facter-2.0.1-rc2.dmg

Please report feedback via the Puppet Labs tickets site, using an affected
facter version of 2.0.1-rc2: https://tickets.puppetlabs.com/browse/FACT


*Release Candidate:* Facter 2.0.1 is not yet released. It entered RC 2 on
March 12, 2014.
Facter 2.0.1 is the first release in the Facter 2 series. (See the note
below about Facter 2.0.0.)


*Features*

FACT-134: Perform basic sanity checks on Facter output<https://tickets.puppetlabs.com/browse/FACT-134>

Facter now does sanity checking on the output of facts. Facter previously
assumed that all facts would be of type String but did not enforce this;
Facter now validates that facts are one of (Integer, Float, TrueClass,
FalseClass, NilClass, String, Array, Hash).

FACT-237: Allow fact resolutions to be built up piece-wise<https://tickets.puppetlabs.com/browse/FACT-237>

FACT-239: Expose different resolution types in DSL<https://tickets.puppetlabs.com/browse/FACT-239>

Introduces aggregate resolutions for facts. Aggregate resolutions allow
facts to be extended at runtime and provide a simplified way of building up
complex fact values.

FACT-341: Windows operatingsystemrelease support<https://tickets.puppetlabs.com/browse/FACT-341>

On Windows, the operatingsystemrelease fact now returns XP,2003, 2003 R2,
Vista, 2008, 7, 2008 R2, 8, or 2012, depending on the version reportedy by
WMI.


*Improvements*

FACT-94: Unvendor CFPropertyList<https://tickets.puppetlabs.com/browse/FACT-94>

Removes vendored code for CFPropertyList in favor of treating it as a
separate dependency and managing it with Rubygems.

FACT-163: Fact loading logic is overly complicated<https://tickets.puppetlabs.com/browse/FACT-163>

In Facter 1.x the fact search path would be recursively loaded, but only
when using Facter via the command line. In Facter 2.0 only fact files at
the top level of the search path will be loaded, which matches the behavior
when loading facts with Puppet.

FACT-266: Backport Facter::Util::Confine improvements to Facter 2<https://tickets.puppetlabs.com/browse/FACT-266>

Adds several improvements to Facter::Util::Confine, including the ability
to confine a fact to a block.

FACT-321: Remove deprecated code for 2.0<https://tickets.puppetlabs.com/browse/FACT-321>

Code that had previously been marked deprecated has now been removed.

FACT-322: Remove special casing of the empty string<https://tickets.puppetlabs.com/browse/FACT-322>

Previous versions of Facter would interpret an empty string (and only an
empty string) as nil. Now that facts can return more than just strings
(i.e., they can directly return nil), empty strings no longer have this
special case.

FACT-186: Build Windows-specific gem<https://tickets.puppetlabs.com/browse/FACT-186>

Adds Windows-specific gem dependencies for Facter 2.

FACT-194: Merge external facts support to Facter 2<https://tickets.puppetlabs.com/browse/FACT-194>

Adds pluginsync support for external facts to Facter 2.

FACT-207: Remove deprecated ldapname<https://tickets.puppetlabs.com/browse/FACT-207>

Removes all instances of ldapname, completing its deprecation.

FACT-242: Remove Fedora 18 from default build targets<https://tickets.puppetlabs.com/browse/FACT-242>

Fedora 18 has reached end-of-life and will no longer be supported. This
release removes F18 as a build target.

FACT-272: Update Facter man page for 2.0<https://tickets.puppetlabs.com/browse/FACT-272>

The man page for Facter 2 now includes the new command line options.

FACT-342: Add Ubuntu 14.04 (Trusty Tahr) support<https://tickets.puppetlabs.com/browse/FACT-342>

This release adds spec and accceptance tests for Ubuntu 14.04, also known
as Trusty Tahr.


*Bug Fixes*

FACT-202: Fix undefined path in macaddress.rb<https://tickets.puppetlabs.com/browse/FACT-202>

One of the possible resolutions for the macaddress fact would incorrectly
return nil. This release fixes the bug.

FACT-351: undefined method 'ipaddress' for Facter:Module<https://tickets.puppetlabs.com/browse/FACT-351>

This bug would cause the netmask fact to fail on Darwin under some
circumstances. This release fixes the bug.

FACT-357: lsb facts return the empty string when undefined<https://tickets.puppetlabs.com/browse/FACT-357>

FACT-357: vlan fact returns the empty string when undefined<https://tickets.puppetlabs.com/browse/FACT-356>

These two bugs were caused by FACT-322<https://tickets.puppetlabs.com/browse/FACT-322> (remove
special casing of the empty string). Previous versions of facter would
ignore facts that returned "", and the LSB and VLAN facts depended on this
behavior to ensure that they wouldn't appear on systems where they weren't
relevant. Once the special casing of the empty string was removed in Facter
2.0.1, facts that returned "" would show up in facter's output as "",
rather than not showing up at all. The LSB and VLAN facts have been updated
to fix this bug.

*Facter 2.0.0*

For historical reasons, Facter 2.0.0 was never released. Facter 2.0.1 is
the first release in the Facter 2 series.

In May 2012, several release candidates were published for a Facter 2.0.0
release, using code that had diverged from the 1.6 series. After testing
it, the Puppet community and developers decided that this code wasn't yet
usable and the release was cancelled, in favor of continuing work that
became the Facter 1.7 series.

Since the 2.0.0rc1 tag in the Facter repo was already occupied by that
cancelled release, and since issuing a RC5 out of nowhere might have been
confusing, we decided to go directly to 2.0.1 instead.

*Facter 2.0.1-rc2 Contributors*

Adrien Thebo, Jeff McCune, Kylo Ginsberg, Melissa Stone, Rob Braden, Ryan
McKern

*Facter 2.0.1-rc2 Changelog*

Adrien Thebo (11):
     c60f11e (FACT-356) Return nil when no vlans are present
     ab78e3a (FACT-357) Raise errors when command execution fails
     9bb5e11 (FACT-357) Extract virtual fact vmware resolution
     85a6998 (maint) Only create LDOM facts if virtinfo available
     92aba90 (maint) Confine lsbdistdescription to depend on lsb_release
     aa1881a (maint) Stub all confines for lsbdistdescription on Solaris
     1292427 (maint) Return nil on dns command lookup fail
     cf899a3 (maint) Return nil on sysctl command lookup fail
     e6f453b (maint) Return nil on uptime command fail
     f836535 (maint) Return nil on zoneadm command fail
     8e5e9e9 (FACT-379) Don't return VLANs when only header is present

Jeff McCune (1):
     94c2188 Use simpler DSL for declaring external commands.

Kylo Ginsberg (1):
     46be425 Use same one-line 'source' syntax used in acceptance/Gemfile

Melissa Stone (1):
     ac366f3 (FACT-342) Add trusty cows

Rob Braden (1):
     dbf53c5 (fact-242)(packaging) Remove Fedora 18 from the default set of
package builds

Ryan McKern (1):
     f8c124d (packaging) Update FACTERVERSION to 2.0.1-rc2

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Ryan McKern
Release Engineer, Puppet Labs

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