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January 2014 CloudMan Release


We just released an update to Galaxy CloudMan. CloudMan offers an easy way to get a personal and completely functional instance of Galaxy in the cloud in just a few minutes, without any manual configuration.

This update brings a large number of updates and new features, the most prominent ones being:

  • On AWS, updated galaxy (snap-69893175) and galaxyIndices (snap-4b20f451) file system snapshots, which include the Nov 4, 2013 Galaxy release as well as a significant number of Galaxy tools updates and additions. Tool installations from the Tool Shed work as expected.
  • Updated the AWS AMI: Galaxy CloudMan 2.3 (ami-a7dbf6ce)
  • Made multi-process Galaxy the default option for running Galaxy with CloudMan.
  • Automatically toggle master as job execution host or not when workers are present.
  • Added support for attaching external Gluster based filesystems + the ability to init clusters off gluster/nfs volumes when so configured in snaps.yaml.
  • Added support for creating a volume based on an archive_url allowing a file system to be downloaded at cluster launch; also made it possible to use transient disk for this.
  • Added tagging support for OpenStack instances (requires OpenStack Havana release).
  • Galaxy Reports app now starts by default on Galaxy type clusters; it is accessible on <instance IP>/reports/ URL.

Minor updates

  • Added AWS new High I/O instance types.
  • Created proFTPd service for managing the application; fixes occasional issues with FTP connectivity
  • Updated admin_users (in Admin) form data-prefill and explanatory text to indicate correctly that this form now sets all admin users, instead of appending to the existing list.
  • Included cluster name into the page title.
  • Explicitly indicate that upon cluster deletion shared clusters get removed too.
  • Added TMPDIR env var to point to a dir on (Galaxy's) data file system.
  • Generalize support for finding libc on newer Ubuntu platforms. Allows CloudMan to run on Ubuntu 13.04 and tries to be future compatible with new minor releases of libc (thanks Brad Chapman).
  • Numerous fixes, see commit log for details.

For more details on the new features, see the the CHANGELOG and for even more details see, all 103 commit messages from 4 contributors.

Enjoy and please let us know what you think,

Enis Afgan and Dannon Baker