Information for Release Managers

We aim to make a new release according to the Clang/LLVM release schedule.

For each release, a release manager is assigned. Release manager is responsible for creating and uploading new release candidate tar balls and requesting for testers from different platforms. After a release candidate round with success reports and no failure reports, a release is published.

See the Maintenance Policy for the current release criteria.

A checklist and hints for testing and making a release successfully:

  • Check that CHANGES has the most interesting updates done during the release cycle. Add missing notable changes from git log.
  • Update the release notes in doc/notes-VERNUM.txt.
  • Create a single commit in master branch: change the version to the release one (without -pre), in all relevant places (CHANGES, docs, CMakeLists.txt, etc); update the .so version (if required); check that supported LLVM versions in cmake/LLVM.cmake are correct. Create the release branch from this commit and push it to github.
  • In the master branch, create a new commit: increase version number (with -pre) in all relevant places; update the .so version; increase the supported LLVM versions in cmake/LLVM.cmake. Commit, push master to github. Now development can go on in master while the release branch is being stabilized.
  • The previous two steps ensure that merge-base of release & master is the start of release branch, which ensures that merging release to the master will not screw up the version numbers in the master. Bugs which need to be fixed in both branches, should be comitted to the release branch, then release branch merged to master.
  • Create a new release on Github. Mark it as pre-release. This should create both a tarball and a git tag.
  • Upload the package to portablecl.org/downloads via SFTP or to the sourceforge file listing for the pocl project.
  • Request for testers in Twitter and/or mailing list. Point the testers to send their test reports to you privately or by adding them to the wiki. A good way is to create a wiki page for the release schedule and a test log. See https://github.com/pocl/pocl/wiki/pocl-0.10-release-testing for an example.
  • To publish a release, create a new release on Github without the checking the pre-release checkbox. Upload the tar ball to the sourceforge download page and to http://portablecl.org/downloads.
  • Update the CHANGES and ANNOUNCEMENT text files in these directories. ANNOUNCEMENT is a copy of the latest release notes. A direct link to it can be easily circulated in IRC, for example.
  • Update the http://portablecl.org web page with the release information.
  • Advertise everywhere you can. At least in Twitter and the mailing list.

In case of any problems, ask any previous release manager for help. Previous releases were managed by the following pocl developers:

  • 0.14: Pekka Jääskeläinen
  • 0.11: Michal Babej
  • 0.10: Pekka Jääskeläinen
  • 0.9: Kalle Raiskila
  • 0.8: Erik Schnetter
  • 0.6 and 0.7: Pekka Jääskeläinen

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