Version 5.0.23 of the Phusion Passenger application server for Ruby, Python, Node.js and Meteor has been released. It contains a few improvements and fixes for issues detected in heavy load conditions.
If you hadn't already, be sure to check out the many major improvements that the 5.x series of Passenger introduces. And please be aware that you can enjoy enterprise features and sponsor the open source development directly by buying Phusion Passenger Enterprise.
Graceful WebSocket shutdown for Node.js
In Passenger 5.0.22 we introduced the
abort_websockets_on_process_shutdown option to allow applications to take care of their WebSocket connections on shutdown rather than having Passenger kill the connections.
The option was less than ideal because it required applications to ensure that WebSockets have bounded life time. Passenger did not send any notification to the application to begin graceful shutdown of WebSockets.
In 5.0.23 we send a SIGINT to Node.js applications that have set
false, and then wait until the application has closed the sockets. Applications written in other languages still have to ensure that WebSockets have bounded life time. Closes GH-1702.
Note: while this Passenger option allows for nicer termination, it does not protect your application from unexpected WebSocket termination in general (connections can break at any time). It's up to your application and protocol to implement robust ways of handling this.
- Fixes the request acceptor error handling timeout. When an error occurs while Passenger is accepting a request (for example, when Passenger has run out of file descriptors), Passenger is supposed to wait for 3 seconds before trying again. Because of a typo, Passenger actually waited 3 milliseconds.
- [Enterprise] Fixed a regression in the Passenger Standalone Nginx config template that breaks the Mass Deployment feature.
- With friendly error pages off Passenger would still show a trace (referencing only Passenger code) for unusual spawn errors. This has been changed to a generic error message. Closes GH-1704.
- The mime type for serving static XHTML files is updated. We no longer use the mobile profile, so it is recognized by desktop browsers. Closes GH-1695.
- Improves error messages about Ruby native support to indicate the optional nature. Passenger is able to operate even without the native support extension, but that wasn't clear enough to some users, causing them to think of the old messages as errors.
Please see the installation guide.
Upgrading to 5.0.23
We recommend staying up to date with the latest version. Users on version 5.0.17 or below, or users affected by the security issue in 5.0.21 and below are strongly advised to upgrade.
See also the upgrade notes below!
If you are upgrading from 4.x, please read the 5.0 upgrade notes to learn about potential upgrade caveats.
Special notes about RPMs on CentOS
Update: we've tested the installation to work on CentOS 6 and 7 without any special settings. If you experience any problems, please try to install updates before installing Passenger:
yum clean all && yum update
Special notes about capistrano-passenger
If you are using Capistrano and [capistrano-passenger], then it may fail with this error:
SSHKit::Runner::ExecuteError: Exception while executing as firstname.lastname@example.org: undefined method `' for nil:NilClass NoMethodError: undefined method `' for nil:NilClass Tasks: TOP => passenger:restart
This is due to an incompatibility in capistrano-passenger with Passenger 5.0.22 and later. Please upgrade capistrano-passenger to 0.2.0 or later.