Updated Fido 1.6 RC5 Release Candidate Out Now

Fido 1.6 RC5 is now available for download for community testing.

Fido (Format Identification for Digital Objects) is an open-source command-line tool to identify the file formats of digital objects and part of the OPF reference toolset.

This update contains work necessary to make automatic signature updating work properly:

  • added update signature parameter to control signature download verison;
  • trapped regex creation exception so that sig file creation is not derailed;
  • PRONOM/DROID signature file now downloaded from URL, not SOAP; and
  • moved sleep between SOAP sig downloads only.

A more complete list of changes is available in the release notes.

Getting the release candidate

Fido is usually distributed as a PyPi package. If you want to use pip to install the release candidate package you must specify the version number. e.g. :

pip install “opf-fido>=1.6.0rc”

Our thanks go to everyone who contributed to this release!

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Feedback welcome

We invite you to download and test the release candidate. If you experience a problem please report it on the Fido issue tracker on GitHub or contact us. We will continue to test the release candidate internally, and there may be a few small changes before the public production release.

About Fido

Artefactual contribute to the maintenance of fido as part of their OPF technical contribution. Fido can be automatically installed with Archivematica, but it is also available as a stand-alone command-line tool and can be incorporated into other digital preservation systems.

OPF provides hosting and support through software quality testing and delivery, and open source best practice. Fido is free to download, use and modify. However, it is not free to host, maintain, support or develop. If you use fido, please consider supporting its development by becoming an OPF member.

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