As I didn’t get chance to have a play with the pre-release CentOS 7.0 builds I decided to wait until DigitalOcean lauched their image which they did just in time for the weekend.

Check the IP Address

First thing I did was type in ifconfig and got …..

[root@server ~]# ifconfig
-bash: ifconfig: command not found

….. not a good start, have dabbled with a Fedora when I installed OpenShift I remembered about the ip command …..

[root@server ~]# ip addr
1: lo: <LOOPBACK,UP,LOWER_UP> mtu 65536 qdisc noqueue state UNKNOWN
link/loopback 00:00:00:00:00:00 brd 00:00:00:00:00:00
inet scope host lo
valid_lft forever preferred_lft forever
inet6 ::1/128 scope host
valid_lft forever preferred_lft forever
2: eth0: <BROADCAST,MULTICAST,UP,LOWER_UP> mtu 1500 qdisc pfifo_fast state UP qlen 1000
link/ether ff:ff:ff:ff:ff:ff brd ff:ff:ff:ff:ff:ff
inet brd scope global eth0
valid_lft forever preferred_lft forever
inet6 fe80::fe80:fe80:fe80:fe80/64 scope link
valid_lft forever preferred_lft forever

….. I can see a lot of muscle memory having to be re-learned.

Restarting services

Next up is a change I was expecting, the introduction of systemd …..

[root@server ~]# yum install httpd
Loaded plugins: fastestmirror
Loading mirror speeds from cached hostfile
* base:
* extras:
* updates:
Resolving Dependencies
→ Running transaction check
— -> Package httpd.x86_64 0:2.4.6–17.el7.centos.1 will be installed
→ Finished Dependency Resolution
Dependencies Resolved
Package Arch Version Repository Size
httpd x86_64 2.4.6–17.el7.centos.1 base 2.7 M
Transaction Summary
Install 1 Package
Total download size: 2.7 M
Installed size: 9.3 M
Is this ok [y/d/N]: y
Downloading packages:
httpd-2.4.6–17.el7.centos.1.x86_64.rpm | 2.7 MB 00:00:01
Running transaction check
Running transaction test
Transaction test succeeded
Running transaction
Installing : httpd-2.4.6–17.el7.centos.1.x86_64 1/1
Verifying : httpd-2.4.6–17.el7.centos.1.x86_64 1/1
httpd.x86_64 0:2.4.6–17.el7.centos.1
[root@server ~]# service httpd restart
Redirecting to /bin/systemctl restart httpd.service

…. as you can see it did what I asked, but dropped some hints that I should have used `systemctl restart httpd`. What would `systemctl status httpd` give us …..

[root@server ~]# systemctl status httpd
httpd.service — The Apache HTTP Server
Loaded: loaded (/usr/lib/systemd/system/httpd.service; disabled)
Active: active (running) since Sun 2014–07–13 13:24:45 EDT; 4s ago
Process: 21656 ExecStop=/bin/kill -WINCH ${MAINPID} (code=exited, status=0/SUCCESS)
Main PID: 21661 (httpd)
Status: “Processing requests…”
CGroup: /system.slice/httpd.service
├─21661 /usr/sbin/httpd -DFOREGROUND
├─21663 /usr/sbin/httpd -DFOREGROUND
├─21664 /usr/sbin/httpd -DFOREGROUND
├─21665 /usr/sbin/httpd -DFOREGROUND
├─21666 /usr/sbin/httpd -DFOREGROUND
└─21667 /usr/sbin/httpd -DFOREGROUND
Jul 13 13:24:45 systemd[1]: Starting The Apache HTTP Server…
Jul 13 13:24:45 systemd[1]: Started The Apache HTTP Server.

….. now thats a lot more useful that what serivce httpd status used to give.

Other highlights & changes

Version number

The initial release of CentOS 7.0 is actually 7.0–1406 (see the numbering part of this notice)

New Kernel

CentOS 7.0–1406 ships with 3.10.0–123, which is alot better than the previous 2.6.x kernel which shipped with CentOS 6


CentOS now comes with FirewallD, I can’t say I have ever used it before so more reading is needed


XFS is now the default file system when you install, though DigitalOcean have stuck with ext4

Linux Containers

Docker (which I have written about here, here and here) is now fully support out of the box with no need to install EPEL, in fact, at the time of writing the CentOS repo was more up-to-date than EPEL.

[root@server ~]# yum list | grep docker
docker.x86_64 0.11.1–22.el7.centos extras
docker-registry.noarch 0.6.8–8.el7 extras

Other software

Some changes to later software across the board, here are the highlights ……

  • PHP is version 5.4.16
  • Apache is at version 2.4.6–17
  • Ruby is at version
  • Python is at version 2.7.5–16
  • Go is at version 1.2–7
  • MySQL has been replaced with MariaDB version 5.5.37
  • PostgreSQL is at version 9.2.7–1

Written by Russ McKendrick

I am he as you are he as you are me and we are all together

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