Release Notes for JMRI 4.7.1 release

Date: mmm dd, 2017

From: (pumpkin)

Subject: Test version 4.7.1 of JMRI/DecoderPro is available for download.

This is a draft release note only; the download links do not yet work

Notes:

This is a test release. Please post a note if you encounter any new or old bugs! And please back up your JMRI files before installing this, in case you want to go back to an earlier version.

This is the next in a series of test versions. We expect this series to end in the next JMRI production release around the middle of 2017. (See the tentative release schedule)

Some of the changes involved are quite extensive. They may require a certain amount of experience before they are working well. Therefore, this test version should be considered experimental.

JMRI is now only available under the GNU General Public License. For more information, please see our copyright and licensing page.

Known problems with this release

New warnings for this version:

Older warnings

See the JMRI 4.6 release note for warnings predating the 4.6 development series. These may be relevant to you if you're updating from an earlier version.

(Since JMRI 4.5.6) As part of fixing the TMCC throttle issue, the handling of TMCC preferences was changed. If you have a TMCC connection configured, please go to the "Defaults" pane in the Preferences window and make sure that the TMCC connection is selected for the appropriate device types.

(Since JMRI 4.5.2)This and future versions of JMRI may not function on OS X if the Java SE 6 provided by Apple is installed. OS X operating system updates routinely remove this version of Java SE 6. Please raise any issues concerning this on the user's group.

To remove Java SE 6 from OS X, follow these steps (these steps assume JMRI is installed in the folder /Applications/JMRI, if not, adjust the following paths as needed):

  1. Open Terminal.app.

    El Capitan only: Reboot into Recovery Mode by restarting your Mac and pressing Cmd-R until the Apple logo appears. Once in Recovery Mode, select Terminal from the Utilities menu.

  2. Run the command /Applications/JMRI/PanelPro.app/Contents/Resources/uninstall-java6.sh It can take up to a half hour to complete. Wait for the message Removed Apple Java SE6.

    El Capitan only: Run the command bash /Volumes/Macintosh\ HD/Applications/JMRI/PanelPro.app/Contents/Resources/uninstall-java6.sh /Volumes/Macintosh\ HD It can take up to a half hour to complete. Wait for the message Removed Apple Java SE6.

  3. El Capitan only: Restart your Mac.

(Since JMRI 4.5.2)Support for directly executing AppleScript within JMRI has been removed due to changes in macOS and Java outside our control. If you require the ability to use AppleScript, you may be able to add this capability on your own by visiting JMRI AppleScript Support, but please be aware that this may not work on upcoming releases of macOS or Java.

(Since JMRI 4.5.1)Internal turnouts and sensors need to have complete, individual system names. The names "IT" and "IS" (without any suffix) are no longer permitted: "IT12" is fine, but just "IT" is not. Most panel files that contain these should automatically migrate them to new names when saved, but in some cases you might need to manually update them.

(Since JMRI 4.3.3) You can now set the order of your startup items: If you're opening panel files, running scripts, etc as the program starts up, there's a preferences pane that lets you easily set the order in which those happen. If you've set the order manually (e.g. by editing configuration files) in the past, please check this preference to make sure it's set the way you want.

(Since JMRI 4.1.2) Jython has been upgraded to version 2.7.0 with the following potentially breaking changes:

(Since JMRI 4.1.1) Decoder definitions that use the "ivariable" form are now deprecated. Definitions included with this release have been converted to the new form. If you have decoder definitions with the older "ivariable" form, they will no longer validate, but can still be used for the first couple of test releases in this series. Please ask on the JMRI users Yahoo group for help converting them, or just drop them and use the current definitions.

Download links:

During development leading to the actual release, you can find test download files on the continuous integration build page. These are development files, and might not be working at any particular time.

Changes since production release 4.6:

The list of included commits is available from our GitHub code repository.

Hardware Support

Bachrus Speedo
C/MRI
DCC++
Digitrax
JMRI Simple Server/JMRI Client
LocoNet
NCE
OpenLCB
RFID
Roco z21/Z21
SPROG
TMCC
Uhlenbrock Intellibox
Zimo MXULF

New / Updated decoder definitions

Arnold
BLI
Bachmann
Digitrax
Doehler & Haas
ESU
Hornby
Kuehn
LaisDCC
Lenz
MGP
MTH
MRC
NCE
Norsk Modelljernbane (NJM)
QSI
RR-CirKits
SoundTraxx
TCS
Tehnologistic (train-O-matic)
Viessmann
Wangrow
ZIMO
Miscellaneous

Dispatcher

Layout Editor

Logix

Operations

Panel Editors

Preferences

Roster

Turnouts, Lights and other elements

Scripting

Signals

Signal Systems
Signal Heads
Signal Masts
Signal Groups
NX Entry/Exit Logic

Warrants

Web Access

Internationalization

Miscellaneous