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Volunteering to be RM for 1.1.4 was Re: Backport voters required!

From: Justin Erenkrantz <justin_at_erenkrantz.com>
Date: 2005-02-20 07:26:57 CET

On Sat, Feb 19, 2005 at 05:56:36PM -0600, kfogel@collab.net wrote:
> "Max Bowsher" <maxb@ukf.net> writes:
> > Why do you ask?
> >
> > Ben Reser is our current RM, and has been since 1.0.2 - I haven't
> > noticed him say anything about wanting to step down?
> I think Justin just meant "Are you counting on Ben to do this release
> at a particular time?"

Partially correct. Unless Max wants to be the RM (which is really why I
asked) or Ben has an issue with it (I'm going to venture not, but he can speak
up if he does), I'd like to volunteer to be RM for 1.1.4 given that the items
in STATUS are relatively minor. So, I think a 1.1.4 release may be a good
time to try to review and clean up some of our release procedures.

As I have previously stated, I think it'd be good for us to try to get more
people knowledgable about the role of RM. Our goal should be that people who
want to see a release out should be able to put the release out without
relying upon anyone else - moving away from a 'dedicated' RM role. Hence,
there should be enough documentation available about the process and involved
steps so that any full committer can create the release.

The initial stabs at this documentation are in notes/releases.txt, but without
any other RMs having done a release recently, we need to test the procedures.
I think the best strategy is to tag an RM who hasn't done it before. =)

/me foolishly raises hand

> But anyway, Ben has never been the bottleneck, voting has been the
> bottleneck. So I think it makes sense for Max to start marshalling
> votes even before Ben has publically committed to doing the RM work
> for a given release.

Based on the last 1.1.2/1.1.3 release, there was a discussion on-list about
how to clean the release process up: namely, subjecting a release to review on
dev@svn with a ~48 hour window before making the release public on tigris.org
(this would have prevented the brown paper bag bug which caused 1.1.3), use of
GPG signatures to 'vote' on a release (so we can track who has voted), etc.

One thing I guess I'll need to know is what timeframe Max was thinking of for
a 1.1.4? In about two or three weeks? Sooner? That would help me plan my
schedule a little bit better. -- justin

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