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Re: Our (in)ability to do releases?

From: Lieven Govaerts <lgo_at_mobsol.be>
Date: 2006-07-10 14:40:28 CEST

Quoting Daniel Berlin <dberlin@dberlin.org>:

> I believe it is simply a matter of our release manager not having time.
> Not that I blame him, it's just that we have no paid, full time release
> manager, so we get releases when he has time to make them.
>
> He hasn't had time lately due to other, higher priority (and rightly so)
> commitments.

I have only been involved in subversion-dev starting from 1.4 so my view is a
bit from the outside. As a result some of my observations/ideas may be plain
wrong, feel free to point them out.

To start with, I'm very excited about the prospect of upgrading our (at the
office) Subversion to the 1.4 release. While there aren't many functional
changes, lots and lots of issues have been fixed, many of them which we
encounter daily.

The 1.4 branch was created 2 months ago, no official RC has been released since.
In fact, lots of new changes (bugfixes) have been merged to the 1.4.x branch
later.

The fact that our RM (who voluntarely spends some of his free time on this
project) didn't have time to make the release is one thing, but it shows me
other - more importants - facts:

1. We only have one RM, nobody seems to be able to replace him? What time is
needed for someone to learn the skills of releasing svn? Is it fully documented?

2. Making+publishing a release apparently is very a time-consuming manual
process. Gathering the required signatures for the Windows .zip file proved to
be very difficult, probably because there aren't many full committers working
on Windows?

3. Nobody seems to be owning this release. I'd expect that someone would take
the lead in having and closing the discussion on the bdb fixes, motivate people
to write the changelog, enquiring the RM on the status of RC packages etc. I
maybe mistaking, but I guess this is something that Karl or Ben have been doing
for previous releases?

It's the holiday season now, I think it's going to be difficult to release 1.4
before the beginning of september; while this means people will have to wait
two months longer, we have the opportunity to fix even more of the open issues.

Lieven.

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