Unit 1.8.0 Released§
I’m glad to announce a new release of NGINX Unit. This release contains two big features that we have been working on diligently during the last months.
Some of you wonder why listener sockets are separated from applications in Unit configuration API. That was done intentionally to introduce advanced routing between sockets and applications in the future, and this future is finally happening.
Now you will be able to specify quite handy rules that will direct your requests to a particular application depending on various parameters.
Please take a glance at the routing documentation: https://unit.nginx.org/configuration/#routes
Currently, it only supports internal routing by Host, URI, and method request parameters. In the following releases, available options are going to be expanded to allow matching arbitrary headers, arguments, cookies, source and destination addresses. We will also add regular expression patterns.
In future releases, these routing abilities will be handy for issuing redirects and changing configuration on a per route basis.
As usual with Unit, all routing changes are fully dynamic and gracefully done through its control API.
The second feature is even bigger. We’ve merged the code that Maxim Romanov developed in a separate branch last year to support running applications leveraging certain technology described in the Java(tm) Servlet 3.1 (JSR-340) specification. This module is a BETA release as the module is untested and presumed incompatible with the JSR-340 specification.
Now everybody can easily install it from our packages, try it with their Java applications, and leave us feedback. If you’re a Jira user, please use this HowTo: https://unit.nginx.org/howto/jira/
We intend to use our open-development process to refine and improve the software and to eventually test and certify the software’s compatibility with the JSR-340 specification. Unless and until the software has been tested and certified, you should not deploy the software in support of deploying or providing Java Servlet 3.1 applications. You should instead deploy production applications on pre-built binaries that have been tested and certified to meet the JSR-340 compatibility requirements such as certified binaries published for the JSR-340 reference implementation available at https://javaee.github.io/glassfish/.
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Changes with Unit 1.8.0 01 Mar 2019 *) Change: now three numbers are always used for versioning: major, minor, and patch versions. *) Change: now QUERY_STRING is always defined even if the request does not include the query component. *) Feature: basic internal request routing by Host, URI, and method. *) Feature: experimental support for Java Servlet Containers. *) Bugfix: segmentation fault might have occurred in the router process. *) Bugfix: various potential memory leaks. *) Bugfix: TLS connections might have stalled. *) Bugfix: some Perl applications might have failed to send the response body. *) Bugfix: some compilers with specific flags might have produced non-functioning builds; the bug had appeared in 1.5. *) Bugfix: Node.js package had wrong version number when installed from sources.
Our versioning scheme is actually always supposed to have the third version number, but the “.0” patch version was hidden. In order to avoid any possible confusion, it was decided to always show “.0” in version numbers.
For those who are interested in running Unit on CentOS, Fedora, and RHEL with latest versions of PHP, the corresponding packages are now available in Remi’s RPM repository: https://unit.nginx.org/installation/#remi-s-rpm-repo
Many kudos to Remi Collet for collaboration.
Note also that our technical writer Artem Konev has recently added more HowTos to the site about configuring various applications, including WordPress, Flask, and Django-based ones: https://unit.nginx.org/howto/
He will continue discovering and writing instructions for other applications. If you’re interested in some specific use cases and applications, please don’t hesitate to leave a feature request on the documentation GitHub: https://github.com/nginx/unit-docs/issues
In the following releases, we will continue improving routing capabilities and support for Java applications. Among other big features we’re working on are WebSockets support and serving static media assets.
Stay tuned, give feedback, and help us to create the best software ever.
wbr, Valentin V. Bartenev