PHP Release Notes

 

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PHP agent release notes

Monday, August 17, 2020 - 14:00 Download

New Features

  • Support has been added for Slim Framework 4.x.
  • Support has been added for Laravel 7.x.

Bug Fixes

  • Users of newrelic_record_datastore_segment may have experienced situations where the total transaction time was higher than the response time. This was fixed and users will see behavior consistent with automatically created datastore segments.

  • Previously, WordPress plugins referred to by their path names were not accounted for in caching. This behavior has been fixed, and users to which this applies to should see improvements in overhead.

Tuesday, July 21, 2020 - 13:08 Download

New Features

  • With the addition of attributes on spans, the PHP agent now fully supports Infinite Tracing on New Relic Edge.

    Infinite Tracing observes 100% of your distributed traces and provides visualizations for the most actionable data so you have the examples of errors and long-running traces so you can better diagnose and troubleshoot your systems. You configure your agent to send traces to a trace observer in New Relic Edge. You view your distributed traces through the New Relic’s UI. There is no need to install a collector on your network.

    Infinite Tracing is currently available on a sign-up basis. If you would like to participate, please contact your sales representative.

  • Added support for attributes on spans. All custom attributes and some agent attributes previously applied as “Transaction events” are now also applied to the currently executing span, subject to the new span configuration settings.

    • Added the transaction.name to spans.
    • Added http.statusCode to external spans, representing the status code on an http response.
    • Added error attributes to each span that exits with an error or exception. error.class and error.message are now included on the span in which an error or exception was noticed, and, in the case of unhandled exceptions, on any ancestor spans that also exit with an error. Also, the public API method newrelic_notice_error now attaches these error attributes to the currently executing span, while still creating a Transaction Error event.

      Spans with error details are now highlighted red in the distributed tracing UI, and error details will expose the associated error.class and error.message. It is also now possible to see when an exception leaves the boundary of the span, and if it is caught in an ancestor span without reaching the entry span. NOTE: This “bubbling up” of exceptions will impact the error count when compared to prior behavior for the same trace. It is possible now to have a trace that has span errors without showing an error on the root span or entry spans.

    • Added a new API method newrelic_add_custom_span_parameter that allows adding custom attributes to spans. This is independent of the transaction; using this new API to add custom attributes to spans does not add them to transactions. If the maximum number of custom attributes is reached, span-level custom attributes take precedence over transaction-level custom attributes.
    • Added the following span event attributes configuration to enable attribute filtering for spans:

      Note: Security recommendation—Review your Transaction attributes configuration. Any attribute include or exclude settings specific to Transaction events, should be applied to your Span attributes configuration or your global attributes configuration.

Bug Fixes

  • In cases where the agent is configured to connect to the hostname of a daemon that exists in a separate container/host, after successfully connecting, the agent would not attempt to resolve the IP address again. This was seen when the daemon container/host goes down and then comes up again with a new IP address. Now, the agent will wait 45 seconds since either the last known good connection or the last IP address resolution and will attempt to resolve an IP address again.
Tuesday, June 16, 2020 - 14:00 Download

New Features

Bug Fixes

  • In some cases the newrelic-daemon got caught in an infinite loop on startup when the socket it tried to connect to was already acquired by another process. This behavior has been accounted for and fixed.
Tuesday, May 5, 2020 - 13:30 Download

Bug Fixes

  • In some cases, instrumenting Laravel queue applications while having distributed tracing turned on could potentially lead to a segfault. This has been fixed.
Wednesday, April 29, 2020 - 12:00 Download

Bug Fixes

  • In some rare cases where requests to cloud provider metadata endpoints are blocked via certain methods, the PHP Daemon logged panics from the underlying Go HTTP library. This scenario is now accounted for and handled gracefully.

Upgrade notices

  • On Linux systems, the default value for newrelic.daemon.address changed from /tmp/.newrelic.sock to @newrelic. This means that by default on Linux, agent and daemon communicate via abstract sockets instead of socket files.

  • The PHP Agent installer for Ubuntu/Debian systems now requires Python 3. Debian based distributions with Python 2 are no longer supported.

End of life notices

Wednesday, April 1, 2020 - 11:00 Download

Bug fixes

  • Under some circumstances, Drupal 8 transactions were named after generic controllers. These names were not useful for troubleshooting.

    Drupal 8 transaction naming is now improved and hooks into Symfony routing to resolve the main controller associated with a route.

Wednesday, March 25, 2020 - 13:30 Download

New Features

Support for W3C Trace Context, with easy upgrade from New Relic trace context

  • Distributed Tracing now supports W3C Trace Context headers for HTTP protocols when distributed tracing is enabled. Our implementation can accept and emit both W3C trace header format and New Relic trace header format. This simplifies agent upgrades, allowing trace context to be propagated between services with older and newer releases of New Relic agents. W3C trace header format will always be accepted and emitted. New Relic trace header format will be accepted, and you can optionally disable emission of the New Relic trace header format.
  • When distributed tracing is enabled, there are two new API function calls available that now support W3C tracestate and traceparent distributed tracing headers in addition to the New Relic distributed tracing header information:
  • When distributed tracing is enabled, you can use the new configuration setting newrelic.distributed_tracing_exclude_newrelic_header to exclude the New Relic distributing tracing header and only rely on W3C Trace Context headers.

Bug fixes

Known Issues and Workarounds

  • If a .NET agent is initiating distributed traces as the root service, you must update that .NET agent to version 8.24 or later before upgrading your downstream PHP New Relic agents to this agent release.
Tuesday, February 11, 2020 - 12:00 Download

New Features

Avoid potential memory exhaustion for long running transactions

  • The configuration settings newrelic.transaction_tracer.max_segments_cli and newrelic.transaction_tracer.max_segments_web were added. These settings can be used to limit the number of segments the PHP agent records during a CLI transaction and a web transaction respectively.

    newrelic.transaction_tracer.max_segments_cli defaults to 100000 and thus avoids potential memory exhaustion for long running CLI transactions.

    newrelic.transaction_tracer.max_segments_web defaults to 0, meaning that the PHP Agent shall capture all segments during a web transaction.

    For more information, see the documentation about the PHP agent configuration.

Performance improvements

  • The PHP agent now creates segments in a more efficient way, which results in improved performance.

Bug fixes

  • The Debian init script now uses pidof instead of ps. This solves issues related to starting the daemon with systemctl on Debian. Previously, the daemon would start and immediately stop.
Wednesday, January 22, 2020 - 10:00 Download

Bug Fixes

  • In 9.6.0, custom outbound headers added to curl requests could be silently removed if both newrelic.cross_application_tracer.enabled and newrelic.distributed_tracing_enabled are disabled. This has been fixed.
Thursday, January 16, 2020 - 11:00 Download

New Features

Enhanced visibility into curl_multi_exec calls

  • Previously, curl_multi_exec requests appeared as one segment with one total time. Now, we expose the individual segments of a curl_multi_exec request that include individual times and host details. This provides greater visibility as to which URLs are being called and improved ability to troubleshoot slow curl calls.

Configurable daemon start timeout

  • The PHP Agent has introduced a new configuration newrelic.daemon.start_timeout. Customers may use this to specify a timeout for the agent to wait for the daemon after a daemon was launched by the agent.

    With this timeout set, the agent will not immediately drop a transaction when the launched daemon hasn't acquired a socket yet, but rather grants the daemon time to do so.

    It is recommended to only set this timeout when instrumenting long-lived background tasks, as in case of daemon start problems the agent will block for the given timeout at every transaction start.

Upgrade Notice

  • For cross agent conformance, the agent attribute httpResponseCode has been renamed to http.statusCode. In PHP agent release 9.4, we erroneously introduced httpResponseCode as the replacement for response.statusCode.

    The new http.statusCode agent attribute name will align with other agents and enables standardized alerts and INSIGHTS queries based on a common attribute name.

    Attributes are reported with both the new http.statusCode name and the
    legacy httpResponseCode and response.statusCode attribute names.

    Support for legacy attribute names will be removed in future agent versions.

Known issues and workarounds

Potential memory exhaustion for long running transactions

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