6. Change log

6.1. pywbemtools 1.1.0.dev1

This version contains all fixes up to version 1.0.x.

Released: not yet

Incompatible changes:

  • Dropped support for Python 3.4. (issue #1129)

  • Removed deprecated commands (server namespaces and server interop. These commands are part of the namespace group namespace list and namespace interop.)


Bug fixes:

  • Resolved new issues reported by Pylint 2.13. (issue #1164)

  • Fix issue where the instance shrub –fullpath option was not displaying the paths. (see issue #1180)

  • Fixed new formatting issues raised by flake8 5.0.


  • Increased minimum version of Click to 8.0.1 on Python >= 3.6 to prepare for new features. Adjusted testcases accordingly.

    Extended class and instance enumerate/get/associators/references to allow getting the objects from multiple namespaces with a single request. This extends the command option –namespace to allow multiple namespaces for these commands using either comma-separated format (ex. –namespace root/cimv2,root/cimv3) or multiple definitions of the option (ex. –namespace root/cimv2 –namespace root/cimv3) The display of results have been extended to include the namespace name for the objects in all of the output formats if multiple namespaces are used. As before, the namespaces are not shown if only a single or the default namespace is requested. (see issues # 1058 and #1059)


  • Extend use of general options in interactive mode to allow setting the connections-file for an interactive command. (see issue #1037)

  • Change DOCKER TEST_SERVER_IMAGE defined in Makefile to use one created from OpenPegasus toolset. See github OpenPegasus/OpenPegasusDocker repository for pegasus, pegasus tools, and pegasus docker build tools. This image should be faster and is smaller (lt 400 mb) although still too large. This docker file was created using the Docker definition and makefiles in the github project OpenPegasus and repository OpenPegasusDocker. It contains a build of OpenPegasus on Ubuntu 20.04 platform with the OpenPegasus test provider environment installed. The docker server image build was tested against the OpenPegasus testsuite. However, the interop namespace was modified to use root/interop in the container. The image contains the OpenPegasus components to run the server against a repository based on the DMTF schema version 2.41.0.

  • Remove deprecated commands server namespaces and server interop.

  • Fixed tests that fail because XML output of classes and qualifier declarations return attributes not ordered before python version 3.8. (see issue #1173).

Known issues:

6.2. pywbemtools 1.0.0

This version contains all fixes up to version 0.9.1.

Released: 2022-02-01

Incompatible changes:

  • The PYWBEMCLI_TERMWIDTH environment variable was renamed to PYWBEMTOOLS_TERMWIDTH since it is common to all pywbemtools commands.

  • Changed option –default on command connection select to set-default. to be compatible with other commands that touch the default connection definition.

  • Removed the deprecated option --force from the class delete command. It had been marked deprecated in pywbemtools version 0.9.0 and was superseded by the --include-instances option which performs exactly the same function. (see issue # 1142)

Bug fixes:

  • Test: Fixed that test_utils.py changed the PYWBEMCLI_TERMWIDTH env var for testing purposes without restoring it.

  • Fixes issue where the command: class invokemethod <class> <method> -n <namespace> ignores the command namespace option (-n) and usedsthe default namespace. (see issue #990)

  • Fix issue where an exception occurs if the user tries to display cim instances as a table but the class for the instances returned are not in the default namespace and an alternate namespace is defined for the command. The function display_cim_objects(…) uses valuemapping_for_property() but specifies the default namespace as the target. (See issue #995)

  • Fixed issues raised by new Pylint versions 2.9 and 2.10.

  • Fixed an error that resulted in exception traceback when instance commands used the instance wildcard (e.g. ‘CIM_ManagedSystemElement.?’) and the enumerate instances operation failed for some reason. (issue #963)

  • Fix issue where the general help for ‘–log’ was unclear. (see issue #1025)

  • Fixed an error that resulted in exception traceback when instance commands used the instance wildcard (e.g. ‘CIM_ManagedSystemElement.?’) and the enumerate instances operation failed for some reason. (issue #963)

  • Fix issue with –log general option where the log was left enabled when the option was used in interactive mode command; it did not revert to the log state before the interactive command. The change caused the log configuration to restore to either off if there was no –log option on the subsequent command line or to the value defined on the command line.(see issue #1023)

  • Disabled new Pylint issue ‘consider-using-f-string’, since f-strings were introduced only in Python 3.6.

  • Fixed install error of wrapt 1.13.0 on Python 2.7 on Windows due to lack of MS Visual C++ 9.0 on GitHub Actions, by pinning it to <1.13.

  • Fix issue with message from _common.py (parse_version_value) that was passed to warning_msg but should have been subclass of python warning. Changed to use pywbemtools_warn(). (see issue #1041)

  • Fixed issue with Sphinx and python 2.7 by changing the sphinx requirements in dev-requirements.txt and minimum-constraints.txt. (see issue #1070)

  • Modify dev-requirements.txt to limit version of more-itertools to != 8.11.0 for python < 3.6. (see issue #1077)

  • Fixed new issues raised by pylint 2.12.2.

  • Fixed issue with instance commands (ex. instance get, references, etc) that use the wildcard .? to request that pywbemcli present list of possible instances. It was not handling the non-existence of class in the target namespace correctly and would crash because no instances were returned get_instanceNames() . Now generates an exception. (see issue #1105)

  • Fixed issues in “instance count” including unitialized variable and correctly finishing scan when errors occur. Adds new option to this command to allow user to ignore classes defined with this option (–ignore-class). (see issues #1108 and #916 )

  • Fixed issue where pywbemcli can get exception if used against server that does not support pull operations (see #1118)


  • Added a ‘pywbemlistener’ command for running and managing WBEM listeners. (issues #430, #479, #948)

  • Implement server schema command that returns information about the schemas for each namespace including: 5. the DMTF schemas, 2. schema version, 3. whether any classes in the schema/namespace are experimental, and 4) the number of classes in this schema, and 5. the DMTF schemas (characters before the _ in the namespace). (see issue #444)

  • Remove restrictions on parameter modification of server parameters when the –name general option is specified. Originally the –name server definition could not be modified with other general options (ex. –timeout). Those restrictions are removed. (see issue #1034)

  • Generate exception when general options such as –user, –password, etc. that apply only to the server are used with the –mock-server general option. (see issue #1035)

  • Extend the capability to set the default connection in a connections file to the connection save command and a specific command that will set or clear the default. Since the ability to set the default connection was only an option in the connection select command it was difficult to find. This makes the functionality more visible and more usable.

  • Enhanced test matrix for push-driven runs on GitHub Actions to add Python 3.5 on macOS, and removing Python 3.5 minimum on Windows.

  • Implement command group subscription that manages the creation, viewing and removal of indication subscription on WBEM servers. This creates a new command group ‘subscription’ and new commands for adding, removing, and displaying (list) indication destination, filter, and subscription instances on target WBEM servers. It includes the code for the new commands, a set of tests and the documentation for the new commands. (see issue #4)

  • Add new MutuallyExclusiveOption class to pywbemtools/_click_extensions.py to allow defining command options as mutually exclusive. See the class for documentation. Modify pywbemcli.py mutually excluseive options –server, –name, and –mock-server to use this class.

  • Increased minimum version of pywbem to 1.4.0. (issues #1020, #991, #1124)

  • Support for Python 3.10: Added Python 3.10 in GitHub Actions tests, and in package metadata.

  • Implement an end-end test for the subscription command group.

  • Changed output format for table output of instance enumerate –no option to show each key as a column in the table so that keys are more readable.

  • The ‘-v’ option now displays better information about namespace creation and deletion, particularly in mock environments. (related to issue #991)

  • Test: Added testcases for namespace creation and deletion. (related to issue #991)

  • Extended the table view of CIM instances to improve formatting, allow hiding columns where all property values are Null (–show-null option) and allow the table to be wider than the terminal width if there is more information than could be shown in the terminal width. (see issue #1131)


  • Prepared the development environment for having more than one pywbemtools command. As part of that, moved a number of utility functions from the ‘pywbemtools/pywbemcli’ subdirectory to the common ‘pywbemtools’ directory.

  • Moved the environment variable names from being class attributes on the PywbemServer class to become constants in the config module. (issue #658)

  • Cleanup the test code used as pywbemcli scripts. Named all of them with the last part of the name _script.py and modified them to use the setup initialization with Python 3.6 and greater as well as the old script interface.

  • Modify pywbemcli.py code that copies command line defined pywbem_server for reuse in interactive commands to use WBEMConnection.copy() rather than deepcopy(). This includes adding a copy() method to PywbemServer. This also requires that the minimum version of pywbem be set to at least 1.3.0 where the copy() method was added to pywbem (see issue #1030). This fixes issue in python 2.7 with exception and avoids copying the FakedWBEMConnection CIM repository.

  • Add list of security issues to be ignored by Makefile security test and enable failure of build if security test fails. This brings Pywbemtools into line with pywbem Makefile.Reordered some of the items in the minumum_constraints.txt file to better compare with the pywbem file and also commented out all minimum constraints for Jupyter and its dependencies since we have no notebooks in pywbemcli today. Modified minimum version of typed-ast, pylint and astrid to match pywbem and pass saftey tests.

  • Remove the file minimum-constraints-base.txt and put contents into minimum-constraints.txt. (see issue #1076)

  • Add instance count tests to end-end testing against OpenPegasus.

  • Removed the deprecated option --force from the class delete command. It had been created in pywbemtools version 0.8.0 and was deprecated in version 0.90 in favor of the --include-instances option which performs exactly the same function. (see issue # 1142)

6.3. pywbemtools 0.9.0

This version contains all fixes up to pywbemtools 0.8.1.

Released: 2021-05-03

Incompatible changes:

  • Modified the –timestats general option from boolean to choice with 3 choices for when statistics are displayed (after each command or via a command). See issue #588)


  • Deprecated the ‘server namespaces’ and ‘server interop’ commands. Use the new commands ‘namespace list’ and ‘namespace interop’, respectively. (issue #877)

  • The ‘–force’ / ‘-f’ option of the ‘class delete’ command has been deprecated because its name does not sufficiently make it clear that other inhibitors than existing instances of the class (such as existing subclasses, or referencing classes) will still cause rejection of the command. Use the new ‘–include-instances’ option instead. (issue #885)

Bug fixes:

  • Fixed a ValueError on Windows that was raised when the connections file was not on the home drive.

  • Limit click package to < 8.0 because of a) incompatibility with python 2.7, b) incompatibility between click 8.0 and clicl-repl. (see issues #816 and #817)

  • Limit mock package to lt 4.0.3 to avoid issue issue that causes test failure. (see #822)

  • Fix issue caused by mock package version 4.0.3 by creating replacements for warnings.warn and warnings.warn_explicit functions and removing the use of the patch decorator in pywbemcli.py before the definition of the cli function. (see issue #822)

  • Fixes issue where in pywbemcli the –timeout and –use-pull general options were not always correctly included in the new object context in interactive mode if they were specified on the interactive mode cmd line.

  • Fixed issue in tests with use of stdin and inputting the instance path for instance get and instance delete. This was a test setup issue and not a code issue. (see issue # 387)

  • Mitigated the coveralls HTTP status 422 by pinning coveralls-python to <3.0.0.

  • Fix issue where documentation index disappeared when we changed the documentation theme (see issue #868)

  • Test: Fixed behavior of ‘pdb’ test condition, which is supposed to stop in the pdb debugger before executing the command function, but did immediately leave the debugger again because of redirections of the standard streams. The debugger now properly comes up when ‘pdb’ is specified as a condition.

  • Test: Fixed restoring of environment variables that are modified by testcases, and displaying of PYWBEMCLI environment variables during testing in verbose mode.

  • Change MOFCompiler.add_mof/remove_mof() to only display exceptions received if not MOFCompileError since the MOF compiler logs all MOFCompileError exceptions. (see issue #395)


  • Increased the minimum pywbem version to 1.2.0.

  • Add new option to class find command (–summary) to display a summary of the counts of classes found instead of the full list of the classes to make the command more useful for real servers that may return many classes for a class find. (see issue #810)

  • Extend the class tree command to optionally provide extra information about each class in the tree including 1) the value of the Version qualifier if it exists and whether the class is Abstract, an Association, or an Indication class. (see. # 817)

  • Migrated from Travis and Appveyor to GitHub Actions. This required several changes in package dependencies for development.

  • The verbose option (‘-v’ / ‘–verbose’) now also displays the objects that are compiled into a mock environment when setting it up.

  • Added ‘qualifier delete’ command. (see #884)

  • Enabled the tests for Python 3.4 on Windows again - this required some changes in the Makefile and constraints files.

  • Added a ‘namespace’ command group that allows listing, creating and deleting CIM namespaces, and showing the Interop namespace. The ‘server namespaces’ and ‘server interop’ commands that provide a subset of that functionality have been deprecated. (issue #877)

  • Added commands ‘add-mof’ and ‘remove-mof’ for compiling MOF to the ‘server’ command group. (issue #886)

  • Test: Added end2end test capability using the OpenPegasus container image on Docker Hub.

  • Added new command group (‘statistics’) that contols use of statistics. See issue #588)

  • Implement command to get statistics from server and present as a table #895)

  • Test: Added a unit test module for _utils.py.

  • Added an ‘–include-instances’ option to the ‘class delete’ command that replaces the deprecated ‘–force’ / ‘-f’ option. (issue #885)

  • Added an ‘–include-objects’ option to the ‘namespace delete’ command that causes the deletion of instances, classes and qualifier types in the targeted namespace before the namespace itself is deleted. The objects in the namespace are deleted in the correct order of dependencies so that no dangling dependencies exist at any point in the operation. (issue #885)

  • Added a ‘’–dry-run’ option to the ‘class delete’ and ‘namespace delete’ commands. If used, it displays the message about each deletion with a ‘Dry run:’ prefix and does not perform the actual deletion. (issue #911)


  • Cleaned up the circumvention for Click issue #1231 by upgrading the minimum Click version to 7.1.1, where possible. The circumvention is still required on Python 2.7 and 3.4 on Windows.

  • Clarified in the help text of general option ‘–pdb’ that it will be ignored in interactive mode but can be specified on each interactive command.

  • Test: Added a check that rejects the use of the ‘pdb’ test condition when the test specifies stdin for the test, because the ‘pdb’ test condition disables the stdin/stdout/stderr redirection.

6.4. pywbemtools 0.8.0

This version contains all fixes up to pywbemtools 0.7.3.

Released: 2020-10-13

Incompatible changes:

  • Moving the commands “server profiles” and “serve centralinsts” to the new group profiles with the commmand names “profile list” and “profile centralinsts” added a command group and removed 2 commands from the server command group. (See issue #612)

  • The –deprecation-warnings / –no-deprecation-warnings general option has been remamed to –warn / –no-warn, and it now controls the display of all Python warnings.

Bug fixes:

  • Order display of instance names when the .? is used to pick an instance name so the same order of instance names is displayed for all versions of Python. (See issue #458 and #459)

  • Pinned prompt-toolkit to <3.0 on Python 3.8 on Windows to avoid WinError 995. (See issue #690)

  • Fixed exception when command entered in interactive mode, on Python 2. (See issue #224)

  • Test: Default connection file does not get restored in some cases during test. (See issue #680)

  • AssociationShrub produces instancename slightly different table output in some cases for pywbem 1 vs previous versions(inclusion of “/:” prefix). (see issue #704)

  • Test: Fixed attempt in test_class_cmds.py to invoke a non-static method on a class object. (see issue #707)

  • Fix help message for “–deprecated” to be unicode so python 2.7 help does not fail. (see issue #725). This error was added with issue #678

  • Upgraded nocasedict and nocaselist packages to pick up fixes.

  • Error in test defintion for qualdecl Indication causes failure with pywbem i.1.0 where mocker validates qualifiers scopes. (see issue #766)

  • Test: Preventive fix for potential issue with virtualenv raising AttributeError during installtest on Python 3.4. (see issue #775)

  • Test: Added checking for no expected warning. (see issue #774)

  • Fixed incorrect property order in instance table output, where key properties were not ordered before non-key properties but ordered along with them. (see issue #782)

  • Docs/Test: Fixed failing install of Jinja2 on Python 3.4 by adding it to dev-requirements.txt and pinning it to <2.11 for Python 3.4.

  • Test: Aligned qualifier definitions in test MOF with CIM Schema. (related to issue #788)

  • Upgraded pywbem to 1.1.1 to pick up fixes and enhancements. (see issues #749, #183)


  • Introduced caching of the mock environment used by connection definitions in order to speed up the loading of the connection definition. The mock environments are stored in directory ~/.pywbemcli_mockcache and are automatically managed. The pywbemcli –verbose general option can be used to show messages about the cache management. (See issue #689)

  • A new approach for the setup of mock scripts has been introduced: The mock script defines a setup(conn, server, verbose) function that is called when the mock environment is built. It is not called when the mock environment is reinstantiated from the cache. The old approach with setting global variables CONN, SERVER, VERBOSE is still supported, but the mock environment cannot be cached and will be built every time when mock scripts with that setup approach are used. On Python <3.5, mock scripts with the setup() function are rejected, because the functionality to import them is not available, and the compile+exec approach does not allow executing the setup() function. (See issue #689)

  • Modify general help to display the full path of the default connections file. (See issue #660)

  • Move the commands associated with WBEM management profiles from the server group to a new profile group. (See issue #612). See also Incompatible changes.

  • Add –deprecated/-no-deprecated as a new qualifier filter for the class enumerate, class find, and instance count commands. Extend the behavior so that for each of the possible filters it looks for the qualifier on all of the elements (property, method, parameter) in addition to the class itself. See issue #678)

  • Test: Enabled coveralls to run on all Python versions in the Travis CI, resulting in a combined coverage for all Python versions.

  • For instance display in table format, added the display of the units of properties to the table headers. If a property in the class has a PUnit or Units qualifier set, the unit is translated to a human readable SI unit using the pywbem.siunit_obj() function, and appended to the property name in square brackets. (See issue #727)

  • Consolidated the warnings control, such that the deprecation messages were changed to be issued as Python warnings, and the –warn / –no-warn general options now control the display of all Python warnings. If –warn is used, all Python warnings are shown once. If –no-warn is used (default), the PYTHONWARNINGS environment variable determines which warnings are shown. If that variable is not set, no warnings are shown. (See issue #723) Added the ‘mock’ package and for Python 2.7, the ‘funcsigs’ package as new dependencies.

  • Specifying a property list (–pl option) on instance commands with table output formats now uses the order of properties as specified in the property list in the output table, instead of sorting them. (See issue #702)

  • Allow unsetting general options. Originally the general options could be either set specifically by defining them on the command line or the default would be enabled. However, in interactive mode the need may arise to set an option back to its default value (i.e. the equivalent of not including it on the command line). This fixes the options so that there is an alternative that will will set them to the default value. (see issue #350)

  • Converted remaining unittest testcases to pytest. (See issue #91)

  • Test: When testing with latest package levels, the package versions of indirect dependencies are now also upgraded to the latest compatible version from Pypi. (see issue #784)


  • Remove unused NocaseList from __common.py

  • Moved the general option –pull_max_cnt to become part of the persistent server definition rather than transient. This means that this parameter is part of the data maintained in the server definitionfile and applies to just the server defined. (See issue #694)

  • Docs: Improved the description and help texts of the connections file and the –connections-file general option in various places, for consistency. (Related to issue #708)

  • Move code associated with display_cimobjects() to a separate module. This is part of creating table representation of classes (See issue #249)

  • Resolved remaining Pylint issues and enforced clean pylint checks. (See issue #668)

  • Renamed the default connections file in the user’s home directory from pywbemcli_connection_definitions.yaml to .pywbemcli_connections.yaml, because it is really an internal file not meant for being edited. An existing file with the old name is migrated automatically. (See issue #716)

  • Refactor error handling for connections file handlingif there are problems with the YAML file or loading the file. Created new exceptions for the Connections File and created a unit test and function error test. (see issue #661)

  • Separate code to execute test files (ex. setup up mock of prompt) from the process of executing files defined by the –mock-server general option. The new capability is controled by an environment variable “PYWBEMCLI_STARTUP_SCRIPT” that is considered intenal to pywbemcli testing.

  • Refactor statistics display to present information consistent with the display in pywbem. (see issue # 724)

  • Refactor connections show command and clean up its documentation. (see issue #732)

  • Remove use of pydicti dictionary package in favor of NocaseDict.

  • set pylint disable on all uses of pdb.set_trace(). This is an issue between the add-on package pdbpp and lint, not pdb. (see issue # 751)

  • Docs: Changed Sphinx theme to sphinx_rtd_theme. (see issue #792)

  • Modified the class WbemServerMock in tests/unit/testmock to define a WBEM server configuration that includes multiple namespaces, a user and an interop namespace to test cross-namespace mock. (see issue #183)

6.5. pywbemtools 0.7.0

This version contains all fixes up to pywbemtools 0.6.1.

Released: 2020-07-12

Incompatible changes:

  • The default location for the connections file (pywbemcli_connection_definitions.yaml) has been moved from the users current directory to the users home directory. A general option (connections_file) allows the user to set other directories and file names for this file. (See issue #596)


  • Deprecated support for Python 2.7 and 3.4, because these Python versions have reached their end of life. A future version of pywbemtools will remove support for Python 2.7 and 3.4. (see issue #630).

Bug fixes:

  • Fixed incorrect connection list output in readme files (see issue #593).

  • Fixed yaml.RepresenterError during ‘connection save’ command. This introduced a dependency on the yamlloader package. (see issue #603).

  • Fixed possible issue where the connection test command would fail on a server that did not support class operations. (See issue #606)

  • Pinned version of colorama to <0.4.0 for Python <=3.4.

  • Adjusted to changes in the pywbem mock support for method providers, in the sample method provider simple_mock_invokemethod_pywbem_V1.py. (See issue #646)

  • Fix issue with MOF compile in pywbem_mock to account for changes to pywbem.FakedWBEMConnection in pywbem 1.0.0. Because the pywbem mocker stopped displaying compile error messages, this change modifies the code to display the compile errors as exceptions for pywbem 1.0 and use the original display for pre 1.0 pywbem version. With pywbem 1.0.0 it also outputs the compile error message and exception to stderr whereas before the compile error text was routed to stdout. (See issue #637)

  • Fixed an issue where displaying instances in a table format missed properties if the list of instances had different sets of properties. (See issue #650)

  • Change the table output for outputformat html to output the title parameter as an html caption entity instead of as a paragraph. This allows html tables to be subtabled and also presents the table title better. (see issue #721)


  • Enabled installation using ‘setup.py install’ from unpacked source distribution archive, and added install tests for various installation methods including this one. (see issues #590, #591).

  • Enhance output formats to allow an additional format group TEXT with a single format text. This format outputs the command result as a text string to the console and is use for simple commands like server interop that only output one piece of data. (see issue #594)

  • Extended the command connection test so that it will also test for existence of the DMTF pull operations. It tests for all of the operations and reports success or failure on each operation.

  • Added value-mapped strings to properties in instance table output. For integer-typed (scalar or array) properties that have a ValueMap qualifier, the output of instances in table format now includes the value of the Values qualifier in parenthesis, in addition to the integer value. (See issue #634)

  • The order of properties when displaying instances in a table format is now predictable: First the sorted key properties, then the sorted non-key properties. (Part of fix for issue #650)

  • Modify connections file location functionality so that the default file location is the users home directory. Any other directory and filename can be specified using the general option connections_file which has a corresponding environment variable. (See issue #596)


  • Adds command to test connection for existence of the pull operations (connection test-pull)

  • Refactored display_class_tree() and other functions in _displaytree.py and _cmd_class.py cmd_class_tree function to eliminate boundary conditions, and clarify code.

  • Extended parameter type testing in class PywbemServer so that all constructor parameters are value tested. This specifically fixes issue where we were depending on WBEMConnection to test types of ca_certs and invalid data types could get into the connections file. (See issue #663).

  • Added a function test test module test_misc_errors.py that tests for some common exceptions that apply to many commands (ex. connection error).

6.6. pywbemtools 0.6.0

This version contains all fixes up to pywbemtools 0.5.1.

Released: 2020-04-10

Bug fixes:

  • Fix issue with mixed old and new formats on click.echo statement. (See issue #419)

  • Fixed missing Python 3.7 in supported environments shown on Pypi. (See issue #416)

  • Fixed that the ‘class find’ command showed the –namespace option twice (see issue #417)

  • Added PyYAML>=5.1 as a prerequisite package for pywbemtools for installation. So far, it was pulled in indirectly via pywbem.

  • Fixed case sensitive matching of class names in instance modify by picking up the fix in pywbem 0.14.6. (See issue #429).

  • Fixed issue where extra diagnostic information about click was being displayed when the general option –verbose was defined.

  • Fixed issue with x509 parameter of WBEMConnection. (See issue #468)

  • Fixed issue with class find command not returning connection error when cannot connect to server.

  • Added documentation for the –version general option.

  • Increased pywbem minimum version to 0.16.0 to accomodate install issues on Python 3.4, and to pick up other fixes.

  • Test: Accomodated new formatting of error messages in Click 7.1.1, and excluded Click 7.1 due to bug.

  • Test: Fixed dependency to Python development packages on CygWin platform in Appveyor CI.

  • Pygments 2.4.0 and readme-renderer 25.0 have removed support for Python 3.4 and have therefore been pinned to below these versions on Python 3.4.

  • Fix bug where order of commands listed in help output was different for different versions of Python. (See issue #510)

  • Increased minimum version of pluggy package from 0.12.0 to 0.13.0 because it failed during loading of pytest plugins on Python 3.8. (See issue #494)

  • Test: Changed testcases that check the CIM-XML generated with output format ‘xml’ to tolerate the different order of XML attributes that happens on Python 3.8 (See issue #494)

  • Fixed several badges on the README page.

  • Remove use of pywbem internal functions from pywbemcli. This removes use of NocaseDict, _to_unicode, _ensure_unicode, _format from pywbemcli. (See issue #489)

  • Corrected issue with use-pull general option that causes issues with using the ‘either’ option with servers that do not have pull. (See issue #530)

  • Pinned dparse to <0.5.0 on Python 2.7 due to an issue.

  • Test: Fixed incorrect coverage reported at the end of the pytest run, by increasing the minimum version of the coverage package to 4.5.2. (See issue #547)

  • Test: Fixed bug with detection of invalid test validation values, and fixed testcases in turn (See issue #553).

  • Fixed issues in README and README_PYPI file (See issue #555)

  • Improvements and bug fixes in the way the INSTANCENAME parameter of pywbemcli commands is processed. (See issue #528)

  • Increased minimum versions of some packages used for development to address security issues reported by the pyup.io safety tool: twine, bleach, urllib3.


  • Promoted development status of pywbemtools from Alpha to Beta. (See issue #476)

  • Add capability to reorder commands in the help for each group. The commands in all groups except for the top group (pywbemcli -h) are ordered in the help list by their order in their source file. The display of commands in the top level group is alphabetical except that connection, help, and repl are reordered to the bottom of the list. (See issue #466)

  • Define alternatives for creating INSTANCENAME input parameter since the original form using, WBEMURI is error prone with quote marks. (see issue #390)

  • Add prompt-toolkit auto-suggest. This extends the command completion capability in the repl mode (interactive mode) to make suggestions on command line input based on the history file. Usually auto-suggest completion will be shown as gray text behind the current input. Auto-suggest is not available in command line mode.

  • Add ability to filter results of ‘class enumerate’, ‘class find’, and ‘instance count’ commands for selected class qualifiers. This ability is based on 3 new options for each of the above commands ‘–association’, ‘–indication’, and ‘–experimental’ each of which has a corresponding ‘no-…’. The user can filter to find classes with combinations of these options returning only classes that meet the option criteria. Thus, ‘–association’ returns classes that are associations and ‘–no-association’ returns only classes that are not associations. See issue #447

  • Added support for disabling the spinner that is displayed by default during any ongoing activities, by setting the env var PYWBEM_SPINNER to ‘false’, ‘0’, or the empty string. This is useful when debugging. See issue #465.

  • Modified the response handling on commands that may return nothing with successful response to display a message if the general option –verbose is defined and display nothing if –verbose not set. This includes class/instance delete, instance modify and the commands that display cim objects. (See issue #123)

  • Changed the –ca-certs general option to support the changes as of pywbem version 1.0.0 (new values ‘system’ and ‘certifi’, and default changed from a fixed set of directories to ‘certifi’). The pywbem version is determined at run time and pywbem versions before 1.0.0 are still supported.

  • Test: Improved assertion messages in tests.

  • Output of “pywbemcli server profiles” command is now reliably sorted by version in addition to org and name. (See issue #500)

  • Added support for a new –pdb general option and corresponding PYWBEMCLI_PDB environment variable that causes the pywbemcli command to come up with the pdb debugger before invoking the specified command. This is a debug feature that is expected to be used mainly by the developers of pywbemcli. (See issue #505)

  • Test: Added support for entering the pdb debugger from specific unit testcases by setting the condition parameter of the testcase to the string ‘pdb’. This causes pywbemcli to be invoked with the new –pdb option for that testcase. (See issue #505)

  • Removed usage of the “pbr” package. It was used for automatic versioning of the pywbemtools package, but it had too many drawbacks for that small benefit (See issue #178):

    • Getting the minor version increased in a development version (instead of the patch version) by means of markers in the commit message never worked.

    • The package needed to be tagged twice during the release process.

    • If the last tag was too far in the past of the commit history, the shallow git checkout used by Travis failed and its depth needed to be adjusted. At some point this defeats the purpose of a shallow checkout.

  • Test: Added support for testing on Python 3.8 in Travis, Appveyor and Tox. (See issue #494)

  • Added support for adjusting the width of any help output to the terminal width. The width can be set using the PYWBEMCLI_TERMWIDTH env var. (See issues #518 and #542)

  • Docs: Increased the width of the help text to 120 (See issue #548).

  • Modified the help usage to better reflect the required and optional components of the command line. This includes showing the location in the cmd line for general options where before it was called [COMMAND-OPTIONS] and showing the positioning of both arguments and command arguments. (See issue #446)

  • Increased minimum version of pywbem to 0.17.0 (See issue #571)

  • Add option –full to connection list to create both a brief table output that only has 3 columns (name, server, mock-server) as default but when the option is set all of the columns currently in the report. We did this because it appears that the most frequent use of this command is to just get the name of the various servers defined within an 80 column display. This also now shows empty columns where the original report hid any columns that were empty. (See issue #556)


  • Test: Enabled Python warning suppression for PendingDeprecationWarning and ResourceWarning (py3 only), and fixed incorrect make variable for that.

  • Test: Removed testfixtures from minimum constraints file, as it is not used.

  • Test: Increased minimum version of pytest from 3.3.0 to 4.3.1 because it fixed an issue that surfaced with pywbem minimum package levels on Python 3.7.

  • Code: refactor code to use only the .format formatter and remove all use of the % formatter.

  • Test: Added missing indirectly referenced prerequisite packages to minimum-constraints.txt, for a defined package level when testing with PACKAGE_LEVEL=minimum.

  • Clean up test mock files by merging mock_simple_model_ext.mof into mock_simple_model.mof

  • Changed some tests to account for behavior difference with pywbem 0.15.0 references and associations with invalid class, role.

  • Changed minimun version of pywbem to 0.15.0 because of test differences that resulted from differences between pywbem 0.14.6 and 0.15.0. The differences are in pywbem_mock where the code was changed to return errors for invalid classnames and roles in association and reference operations where it previously return empty, ignoring the invalid classname.

  • Added tests of all command groups and commands for server connection error.

  • Removed a circumvention for a pywbem bug related to colons in WBEM URIs that was fixed in pywbem 0.13.0. (See issue #131)

  • Added the general option –use-pull to the the PywbemServer() class so that it is persisted in the connection file and to the display of connection information (connection show and connection list). This means that –use-pull can now be set for a particular server permanently.(See issues #529 and #534).

  • Added table formatted output for connection show and removed original free-form output format. (See issue #572)

  • Added documentation on incremental search option to search the command history file in interactive mode. (See issue #595)

  • Added documentation index entries for commands, command groups, etc. (see issue #598)

6.7. pywbemtools 0.5.0

Released: 2019-09-29

This is the initial release of pywbemtools.