Date: Sun Sep 17 10:19:12 2006
New Revision: 447100
replaced CVS by SVN, adding a point about making sure that one's
source directory is clean
--- ant/core/trunk/ReleaseInstructions (original)
+++ ant/core/trunk/ReleaseInstructions Sun Sep 17 10:19:12 2006
@@ -5,16 +5,20 @@
-Note: This document was updated in the context of releasing Ant 1.6.
+Note: This document was updated in the context of releasing Ant 1.7.
Please interpret the branch names, tags, etc. according to
1. Propose a release plan for vote. This should set out the timetable for
- the release under ideal circumstances. The level of bugs reported
- can delay things. Generally, give a few weeks to "close" the source tree
- to further changes so people can finalise contributions, etc. At this time,
- the first beta will be cut and there will be then a period of beta testing,
- usually 1 month but this should be flexible.
+ the release under ideal circumstances.
+ The issue of whether to create a branch for the release should be discussed
+ in the release vote.
+ The level of bugs reported can delay things. Generally, give a few weeks to
+ "close" the source tree to further changes so people can finalise
+ contributions, etc. At this time, the first beta will be cut and there will be
+ then a period of beta testing, usually 1 month but this should be flexible.
2. Note that any mention of a deadline causes a flood of bug fixes, new tasks,
etc. This needs to be managed as best it can. Some fixes will be applied,
@@ -22,26 +26,30 @@
particularly the release manager will need to make judgement calls here.
Anything too "big" is likely to be held over.
-3. Once the freeze date arrives, create a branch for the release builds. You
- will need to be comfortable in handling CVS branches with mutliple
+3. Once the freeze date arrives, create a branch for the release builds,
+ if this was decided in the release vote. This was done for Ant 1.6,
+ but not for Ant 1.7.
+ You will need to be comfortable in handling SVN branches with multiple
merge-backs to the main branch and even selected merges from the the main
branch to the release branch.
For more information on performing branching and merging, please visit
Label such branches ANT_16_BRANCH.
-4. Once the branch is setup, the version numbers in CVS are changed. On the
- branch, the version property in build.xml becomes 1.6Beta,
- while the main branch is updated to 1.7alpha.
+4. Once the branch is setup, the version numbers in SVN are changed. On the
+ branch, the version property in build.xml becomes 1.7Beta.
+ If there were a main branch, its build.xml would have 1.8alpha.
[[ TODO: Check if the documentation files also need to be updated to point
to the right areas of Ant's website. ]]
5. Before a build :
- the first beta on the 1.6 branch should be called 1.6Beta1, ...
+ the first beta on the 1.7 branch has been called 1.7.0Beta1, ...
the version property in build.xml governs the output of ant -version and
the naming of the distribution files.
@@ -75,9 +83,12 @@
the build with -verbose option and scan for lines beginning with
"Unable to load...".
-7. Next bootstrap, build and run the tests. Then build the distribution
+7. Make sure that your directory tree is clean by running svn status.
+ Some tests leave behind leftovers which end up in the source distribution otherwise.
+8. Next bootstrap, build and run the tests. Then build the distribution
on the branch. It is important that this be a clean build. Label this with
- a tag ANT_16_B1.
+ a tag ANT_170_B1.
svn copy https://svn.apache.org/repos/asf/ant/core/trunk \
@@ -86,7 +97,7 @@
Revision 437509 ?\195?\188bertragen.
-8. Sign the distribution files using the following simple script
+9. Sign the distribution files using the following simple script
for i in `/usr/bin/find distribution \( -name "*.bz2" -o -name "*.zip" -o -name "*.gz" \)`
@@ -98,16 +109,16 @@
Before you do that, ensure that the key you use is inside the KEYS
- file in Ant's CVS repository - and that you perform a cvs update on
+ file in Ant's SVN repository - and that you perform a svn update on
the KEYS file in /www/www.apache.org/dist/ant/
Also make sure you have sent the key that you use to a public
-9. The beta distribution is now ready to go. Bundle it up into a tar.gz file
+10. The beta distribution is now ready to go. Bundle it up into a tar.gz file
and scp to your apache account.
-10. Meanwhile, convert the part of the WHATSNEW file covering the changes
+11. Meanwhile, convert the part of the WHATSNEW file covering the changes
since the last release into HTML for the README file on the
website. See the previous release directories for examples of these files.
Add instructions and warnings (GNU tar format issues, etc).
@@ -119,20 +130,21 @@
[[ TODO: This must perhaps be an Ant task. ]]
-11. Once this is uploaded, unpack things, create the release directory,
- something like v1.6Beta1, push the release and RELEASE-NOTES files
+12. Once this is uploaded, unpack things, create the release directory,
+ something like v1.7.0Beta1, push the release and RELEASE-NOTES files
into this directory. Create a symbolic link named README.html
that points to the RELEASE-NOTES.
- The files should go to /www/cvs.apache.org/dist/ant/ on minotaur.
+ The files should go to /www/people.apache.org/dist/ant/ on people.apache.org.
-12. Address the available release tags in BugZilla. Create a new tag 1.6Beta1
- and a 1.7Alpha. Assign all existing 1.6 alpha bugs to one of these release
- labels. Note that such massive changes can be done at once by choosing the
+13. Address the available release tags in BugZilla. Create a new tag 1.7.0Beta1.
+ If there is a separate main branch, create a 1.8alpha tag.
+ Assign all existing 1.7 alpha bugs to 1.7.0Beta1.
+ Note that such massive changes can be done at once by choosing the
link "Change several bugs at once" at the bottom of the bug list
- displaying the 1.6alpha bugs.
+ displaying the 1.7alpha bugs.
-13. Once that is done, do a test download to make sure everything is OK. A
+14. Once that is done, do a test download to make sure everything is OK. A
common problem may be:
* the file's mime type is not recognized and is interpreted as
text/plain. Fix it by using some .htaccess magic (AddEncoding stuff)
@@ -143,30 +155,30 @@
made (ant website, main jakarta website, email@example.com,
- and also perform a cvs update on files in minotaur's
+ and also perform a svn update on files in people.apache.org's
Announce beta releases at freshmeat.net (Stefan Bodewig is the
owner of Ant's project entry - bug him ;-).
-14. As problems in the beta are discovered, there may be a need for
+15. As problems in the beta are discovered, there may be a need for
one or more subsequent betas. The release manager makes this
call. Each time, the versions are updated and the above process is
repeated. Try not to have too many betas.
-15. Try to advertise the need for testing of the betas as much as possible.
+16. Try to advertise the need for testing of the betas as much as possible.
This would eliminate the need to release minor patch versions like
we had to do when releasing Ant 1.4.
To monitor the number of downloads, look at the access_log
file under /usr/local/apache2/logs
-16. When the final beta is considered OK, propose a vote on dev@ant to
+17. When the final beta is considered OK, propose a vote on dev@ant to
officially adopt the latest beta as the Ant 1.6 release. If it is passed,
(it usually does,) this would be labelled ANT_16 and built in a similar
fashion to the above process.
This time the directory you upload the files to is different and
you'll have to do some house-keeping for the old release:
@@ -192,24 +204,24 @@
-18. Update the ant.apache.org site :
+19. Update the ant.apache.org site :
- running cvs update *.html under /www/ant.apache.org should update the
+ running svn update *.html under /www/ant.apache.org should update the
files regenerated and committed in point 5 above (index.html, faq.html,
antnews.html, srcdownload.html, bindownload.html).
Update the online manual too.
-19. Clean up.
+20. Clean up.
* remove the remaining files of the previous release from
This includes the old release notes.
-20. Now and perhaps during previous betas any changes on the branch must
+21. Now and perhaps during previous betas any changes on the branch must
be merged back into the tree.
-21. At this point in time, the release is done and announcements are made.
+22. At this point in time, the release is done and announcements are made.
PGP-sign your announcement posts.
[[TODO: Identify the mailing lists where announcements are to be made.
@@ -225,7 +237,7 @@
Announce release in the usenet groups comp.lang.java.softwaretools
-22. You can now reacquaint yourself with your family and friends.
+23. You can now reacquaint yourself with your family and friends.
(*) the xdocs need to be updated on both the branch and the HEAD revision
because traditionally the ant.apache.org web site reflects the HEAD
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