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RE: 1.3.5

From: Lübbe Onken <l.onken_at_rac.de>
Date: 2006-06-16 10:40:09 CEST

Stefan Küng wrote:
> RCs for intermediate releases?

Yes, also an intermediate release is a release. If something gets worse
after a release, because a 'simple' bug hasn't been found, which could have
been found by making people use official release candidates for a week or
two, it's worth the work, because it saves us some embarrasment.

> I'm ok with putting RC's for major releases (like the upcoming 1.4.0)
> to sourceforge. But for every intermediate release? That's a *lot* of
> work.

Did you try to use releaseforge to upload releases to SF? It's not that bad.

Yes, but we want a lot of people to test our software. IMO the nightlies are
sort of well hidden from 'normal' uses, even though we mention them at
several places. Nightlies also have a very developer-alpha-quality smell
about them, which surely prevents a lot people from installing them.

From our own release_procedure.txt:
* When we think we're ready for a release, we create a branch from
  trunk, named after the next release version with an 'x' as the last
  version number, e.g. 1.4.x.
* After about a week, a first release candidate is built and uploaded
  for all to test.
* If no major bugs are found in the RC, we create the official release.
  However if some major bugs are found, those are fixed and another RC
  is created.

We mention no time limit here. I suggest a two week shakedown time for a
release candidate. I would also leave at least a week between RCs if minor
bugs are found, possibly less if big ones (crashes) are found.

1) If everything works perfectly, we would have one RC for two weeks.
2) If everything works normally, we would have 2-3 RCs, for 3-5 weeks.
3) If something goes really wrong, we would have 2 RCs in the first week and
continue from 2) :-)

I'd like to have the RCs on sourceforge to get a rough idea how many people
have downloaded and tested it. The nightlies on mapcar are a black hole to
me. We get no information out.

- Lübbe

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