4.2. abrt and libreport
Updated abrt and libreport packages that fix several bugs and add various enhancements are now available for Red Hat Enterprise Linux 6.
The abrt packages contain the Automatic Bug Reporting Tool (ABRT) version 2. In comparison with ABRT version 1, this version provides more flexible configuration, which covers a variety of customer use cases that the previous version was unable to cover. It also moves a lot of data processing from the daemon to separate tools that run without root privileges, which makes the daemon less error prone and the whole processing more secure.
Note: This update obsoletes the former report tool and replaces the report library to unify the reporting process in all Red Hat applications (Anaconda, setroubleshoot, ABRT). The most interesting feature for end-users is the problem solution searching: when ABRT is configured to report to the Red Hat Customer Portal, it tries to search Red Hat problem databases (such as Knowledge Base or Bugzilla) for possible solutions and refers the user to these resources if the solution is found.
- The abrt-gui application used to list plug-ins multiple times if they were configured in the configuration file. This is now fixed.
- In the previous version of ABRT, a daemon restart was required for any changes in the configuration to take effect. In the new version, most of the options in the configuration file no longer require a restart.
- Support for retrace server has been added. Refer to https://fedorahosted.org/abrt/wiki/AbrtRetraceServer for more information about this new feature.
- By default, ABRT stores all problem information in the /var/spool/abrt/ directory. Previously, this path was hard coded and could not be changed in the configuration. With this update, this path can be changed in the /etc/abrt/abrt.conf configuration file.
- The previous documentation failed to cover some customer use cases. This error has been fixed, and all of these use cases are now covered in the Red Hat Enterprise Linux 6 Deployment Guide.
- In ABRT version 1, it was not possible to use wildcards to specify that some action should happen for any user. ABRT version 2 adds support for this functionality.
- The lacking information about configuring a proxy has been added to the Red Hat Enterprise Linux 6 Deployment Guide.
- Previously, a bug in ABRT version 1 was preventing a local Python build to finish. This is now fixed.
- The previous report tool and report library have been obsoleted by abrt and libreport. Users can notice the change in the problem reporting user interface of Anaconda, setroubleshoot, and ABRT.
All users of ABRT are advised to upgrade to these updated packages, which provide numerous bug fixes and enhancements.