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The Backdrop community is proud to release version 1.17 of Backdrop CMS, following our 4-month release cycle.

Major new features in Backdrop 1.17.0 include:

  • Add a lazy-loading option for image fields #3659
  • Provide image style tokens (imagecache_token module added to core) #3594
  • Layouts: Provide an admin label and description for all blocks #4558
  • Layouts: Allow support for custom contexts #3750
  • Security enhancement: Enforce basic password constraints (no username or email as password) #4265
  • Security enhancement: Use .htaccess files to secure configuration directories #706

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We'd love your feedback on this release. 


Oh, I wrote in this thread two years ago.

I have read this discussion several times and still have no idea what the problem is.

For four years the issue has not been resolved — fantastic! Hopefully the feature will appear by 2025, we are waiting ;)

I am running tests and getting permission errors on the attempt to copy .htaccess files into the config directories created by the tests. Some debugging shows that the destination .htaccess file already exists and is not writeable by the file owner. I imagine that's the problem.

Should this reopen the original issue #706? Or be a new issue?