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conserver-8.0.0-beta4 is available

Bryan Stansell bryan@conserver.com
Sun, 24 Aug 2003 17:33:46 -0700 (PDT)

It's hard to know where to start with this set of updates.  Check the
details below and the manpages for info on the new items.  The big thing
is that about the client/server protocol has changed - allowing all
information to be encrypted via SSL (if compiled in).  It also allowed
for the addition of various pieces of new functionality.

I'm hoping this will be the last beta before the official 8.0.0 release.
I don't envision any additional pieces of functionality, just
compatibility issues (if anyone makes me aware of them), manpage
updates, and fixes to existing code.

Here's the complete list of changes...

version 8.0.0-beta4 (Aug 24, 2003):
	- totally rewrote the client/server communication, allowing SSL
	  connections to occur first, protecting *all* information
	- added 'admin' keyword to the 'access' portion of the config
	  file for specifying users able to issue the 'quit' command
	- removed client -G option since it's not really useful any more
	- added client -t option for sending "text messages" to users,
	  which is similar to broadcast messages, but you can specify
	  the user and/or console - suggested by Trevor Fiatal
	- added client -d option for disconnecting users specified by
	  username and/or console - suggested by Trevor Fiatal
	- removed --with-64bit configure option as 64bit operation is
	  reported to work just fine
	- break strings with '\d' are interpreted as a delay, which can
	  be specified in the config file (default 250ms)
	- removed 'reset -x' portion of default break sequence #3
	- remote conserver hostnames now properly match - had to be a
	  character string match previously
	- hostname aliases now checked against access lists and the
	  matched name is used for logging
	- added --with-trustrevdns to enable the use of reverse DNS
	  information for access list checks [not recommended] - see the
	  INSTALL file for full details on who should actually need this
	  Many thanks to Chuck Rouzer <crouzer@yahoo.com> for all the
	  help with FreeBSD support and the following issues...
	- fixed 'make test' problem on hosts where 'localhost' doesn't
	  resolve to
	- fixed interface probe problem under *BSD
	- added openpty() interface for pty allocation

Bryan Stansell