This document outlines Fabric’s intended development path. Please make sure
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This information is subject to change without warning, and should not be
used as a basis for any life- or career-altering decisions!
Near-term feature releases and support work
- Move non-code-related docs to a new static site on www.fabfile.org
- Fabric 1.4: Network-related improvements, such as an option for skipping
or retrying unreachable or otherwise “bad” hosts (#8, #348,
#249) and SSH key changes (#72, #150.)
- Work on a new (to us; probably hacking an existing codebase) GitHub-focused
IRC bot (#169).
- Fabric 1.5: Logging integration (#57) and other UI tweaks,
possibly including colored output (#101) by default.
Longer-term but probably still 1.x plans
In no particular order, some potential future feature releases:
- Work on our fork of Paramiko, ssh, to fix a number of outstanding
cause problems for Fabric itself (authentication failure reasons being
unclear, lack of SSH agent forwarding and/or gateway support, etc.)
- Improved object-oriented design, both internal refactoring and at the API
level (for example, Host objects as an alternative to host strings.)
- As a lead-in, any additional 1.x-compatible internal refactorings or API
add-ons, such as aforementioned OO design patterns. Get as much done as
possible without breaking backwards compatibility.
- Make decisions about what old ways of doing things should be axed in 2.0, or
which can be easily “wrapped” in newer mechanisms without requiring lots of
- Any other 2.x-marked tickets introducing new, clearly-backwards-incompatible
features (see list.)