SUSE-RU-2016:0705-1: moderate: Recommended update for kiwi

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Wed Mar 9 12:12:14 MST 2016

   SUSE Recommended Update: Recommended update for kiwi

Announcement ID:    SUSE-RU-2016:0705-1
Rating:             moderate
References:         #931436 #931634 #944017 #946236 #946387 #959713 
Affected Products:
                    SUSE Linux Enterprise Server 12
                    SUSE Linux Enterprise Desktop 12

   An update that has 6 recommended fixes can now be installed.


   This update provides KIWI v5.06.195, which brings several fixes and

   - Follow up fix for Rename SLE JeOS descriptions: Fixed merge conflict to
     fit schema of this kiwi version. (bsc#959713)

   - Rename SLE JeOS descriptions: In order to avoid a naming conflict with
     the JeOS product we agreed on renaming the SLE JeOS description in kiwi
     to contain the community keyword to separate this descriptions from the
     SUSE JeOS product. (fate#319430)

   - Add root filesystem label to images: To allow
     devicepersistency="by-label" also for the root filesystem, the
     setupFilesystem method has been extended for all supported filesystems
     to add a root label too. The default name for the root label is 'ROOT'.

   - Make sure kiwi_BootPart variable is written: kiwi_BootPart is expected
     to exist in the initrd environment. Thus it's required to write it in
     config.partids in any case. If there is no extra boot partition
     kiwi_BootPart equals kiwi_RootPart. (bsc#946387)

   - Embed LOADER_TYPE into double quotes: This is required by
     perl-bootloader. (bsc#944017)

   - Fixed setup of /var/run location: /var/run is a symbolic link to /run on
     newer systems and a directory on older systems. Handle this difference

   - Renamed bootloader ziplgrub to grub2_s390x_emu: We don't want to
     populate a non-existing bootloader. Thus the decision was to use the
     grub2 platform name for the SLE-12 s390x boot workflow. (bsc#944017)

   - Added required packages to SLE-12 s390x images: grub2 and
     grub2-s390x-emu for vmx|oem boot images; grub2, grub2-s390x-emu and
     kexec-tools for JeOS templates. Additionally, extend JeOS template with
     some useful tools (parted, ip, less).

   - Implemented support for stacked zipl plus grub2 boot: In SLE-12, zipl
     and btrfs are incompatible because the block where the initrd and the
     kernel live could change in a btrfs filesystem. To work with btrfs, a
     new boot process has been invented by the SLES team which impacts kiwi

   - Fixed zipl setup: zipl does not allow a targetgeometry if the target
     type is different from CDL or LDL.

   - Fixed diskOffset calculation for s390: zipl wants the number of blocks
     to indicate the start of the first partition, not the number of tracks.

   - Fixed zipl installation for LDL/CDL on loop device: Installing zipl on
     the LDL/CDL target device types requires to specify the disk geometry.
     zipl is not able to get that information from a loop device. Therefore
     we need to hand over a targetgeometry which matches the loop geometry.

   - Update selector for partitioner tool: If we are building a dasd image
     using the new loop driver which supports 4k devices, we need a way to
     select fdasd as partitioner
     on s390. This can be done via commandline options but is now also auto
      selected if a zipl_targettype of CDL or LDL is specified.

   - Implement setup of loop logical sector size: The new loop driver
     capability allows to set a custom blocksize on setup of the loop device.
     The attribute value from the target_blocksize attribute is used in
     losetup as follows: "-L target_blocksize". (bsc#931634)

   - Fixed zipl installBootLoader blocksize usage: There is now the
     target_blocksize attribute which is used. If not specified the default
     blocksize of 512 bytes applies. (bsc#931634)

   - Fixed zipl installBootLoader blocksize retrieval: In order to find the
     target blocksize for the zipl configuration kiwi asked for the physical
     blocksize. However the logical block size should be used when zipl
     accesses the device. (bsc#931634)

   - Added target_blocksize attribute in type section: In preparation to
     support custom blocksize values for loops the attribute target_blocksize
     was implemented like the following example shows: <type ...
     target_blocksize="4096"/>.  This will set a 4k blocksize used for all
     loops setup during image build and on first boot of the image.

   - Deleted fixed parmfile name PARM-S11 on s390: Instead a new OEM element
     called: <oem-vmcp-parmfile> has been added. Using this element allows to
     specify the parmfile name without the userid. The userid is queried on
     demand. If no parmfile name is specified the default name PARM-S11
     applies for backward compatibility. (bsc#931436)

   - Fixed loading of vmcp on s390: In SLE12 vmcp is compiled into the
     kernel, thus loading it as a module will cause an exception which is
     misleading. (bsc#931436)

Patch Instructions:

   To install this SUSE Recommended Update use YaST online_update.
   Alternatively you can run the command listed for your product:

   - SUSE Linux Enterprise Server 12:

      zypper in -t patch SUSE-SLE-SERVER-12-2016-403=1

   - SUSE Linux Enterprise Desktop 12:

      zypper in -t patch SUSE-SLE-DESKTOP-12-2016-403=1

   To bring your system up-to-date, use "zypper patch".

Package List:

   - SUSE Linux Enterprise Server 12 (ppc64le s390x x86_64):


   - SUSE Linux Enterprise Server 12 (x86_64):


   - SUSE Linux Enterprise Server 12 (noarch):


   - SUSE Linux Enterprise Desktop 12 (x86_64):



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