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Re: Suggestion: Track Subversion release process in our issue tracker

From: Justin Erenkrantz <justin_at_erenkrantz.com>
Date: 2006-07-11 18:40:15 CEST

On 7/11/06, C. Michael Pilato <cmpilato@collab.net> wrote:
> I dunno. What *is* wrong with using the STATUS file instead? Was that
> suggested somewhere?

That's what we've been using, or at least that's what I thought.

> For my part, I think I'd prefer an issue tracking issue:
>
> * associated with a single release
> * that reveals the whole change history to casual website visitors
> * and can be located via a single web link that shows "all open release
> process issues" (of which there is generally ever only one at a time)
> * and even be annotated by non-committer testers of the tarball with
> notes about failing tests or whatever

Given how hard it is to access IZ when I'm on the road, I'd really
prefer not to go to a web-based process for release management. With
STATUS, I can review the proposed changes with just my WC and peruse
my local store of commit notifications and vote. When I go back
online, I can commit my changes and stuff. If we move that to
Bugzilla, then well, I just won't bother any more because I can't keep
up with that.

> to a version-controlled file:
>
> * associated with multiple releases (1.4.0-rc1, 1.4.0.rc2, ... ,
> 1.4.1, ... 1.4.n)
> * whose change history is less immediately visible (unless you visit
> via ViewVC or something)

I'm not sure that the change history is immediately necessary - only
the current version is.

> * and whose location changes with each minor release

The STATUS location is per branches. i.e. branches/1.4.x/STATUS, etc.

> * and which can only recieve direct input from folks with commit access.

They shouldn't be using an issue tracker either for pre-release
feedback (as we haven't released it yet!) - that's why we have a
mailing list. The STATUS file can act as *our* coordination
mechanism.

> But I'm admittedly used to being issue-tracker-driven on a daily basis here
> at CollabNet.
>
> Have you an alternative proposition that involves the STATUS file you'd like
> to put out there? This isn't a matter of pride or anything -- let's find
> the solution that meets everyone's needs, and let's try it out for RC2.

I'm admittedly partial to httpd's STATUS.

http://svn.apache.org/repos/asf/httpd/httpd/branches/2.2.x/STATUS

It's an extension of what we already do: it tracks the releases, any
showstoppers, etc. We could even ask people to record their votes in
the STATUS file in addition to the list. -- justin

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