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Werk #10564: Extension packages: Checkmk can now ship optional packages

ComponentCore & Setup
TitleExtension packages: Checkmk can now ship optional packages
Date2019-12-02 12:28:23
Checkmk EditionCheckmk Raw Edition (CRE)
Checkmk Version1.6.0p9,1.7.0i1
LevelTrivial Change
ClassNew Feature
CompatibilityCompatible - no manual interaction needed

Checkmk can now ship optional extension packages. This feature has been introduced to be able to provide feature previews in stable versions. Instead of introducing backported features for all users, we can now create backports, pack them into optional extension packages. Each user can then decide to install the package or not.

After installation these packages are treated exactly like manually uploaded extension packages and can be removed in the same way.

Enterprise Edition users can install the optional extension packages using the dialog "WATO > Extension packages". Raw Edition users can find optional extension packages in the path share/check_mk/optional_packages once we ship those packages.

At the moment there is no such package shipped with Checkmk. The first optional extension packages may be added to Checkmk 1.6 in the next weeks.