This page is an ongoing effort to document current release process, gather important discussions points from the dev mailing list and progress toward a fully fledged release procedure with as much automation as possible.

Infrastructure notes

Since we are using git for version control there are a few caveats that have to be considered in defining the release process:

Versioning scheme

Versions are numbered according to semantic versioning (we may reference the fields X.Y.Z as M.m.p to better indicate Major, minor and patch numbering), starting with 8.4.0. Tentative interface definition is defined by the standards supported in the features matrix and the command line tools parameters.

Branching model

A single main repository is maintained (as we already have).

The repository contains three types of branches on it:

  • master (single instance) -- the currently available branch, which will be the main development branch;
  • release (multiple instances) -- When starting release process (consolidation of beta, rc, and other testing releases), a release branch is created with name release_M.m. These branches will allow maintenance of past releases, while development continues in the master branch.
    • Where M=Major version; m=minor version; All patch versions will belong to the same "minor" branch
      • Note: consider broader detail such as per-major version release line (fewer branches) or cleaning up branches for un-maintained versions
  • feature (multiple instances) -- Indicating a branch where a new feature is developed. This is kept in a branch separate from the others, as developing new features results in unstable code.
    • Feature branches are named feature-FeatureName, e.g. feature-MultiPointSupport

As an example consider release 8.4.0 and following bugfixes and regression patches:

   release_8.4 (branch)
  /tag v8.4.0 ------ P ---- P* -- P---------->  tag v8.4.1 ------- P* ---- P ------->  tag v8.4.2
 /                    \            \
master (branch)        \            \
-- F -- F ------ F  --- P -----------P-- (until time comes for a new release (either 8.5 or 9.0)
P = bugfix/regression  ; P* = bugfix not applicable to master (due to new features) ; F = new feature development

A local branch can be checked out and with recent versions of git also a remote one with the same name:

git checkout release_M.m

#should give you output similar to:
Branch release_M.m set up to track remote branch release_M.m from origin.
Switched to a new branch 'release_M.m'`

Note that branches on the main repository are remote branches that, if not automatically tracked on checkout as above, might need a specific checkout procedure to be worked with.

NOTE: Is there a way to "export" a tag directly from a remote git repo? This will save users from getting all the clone to just test a beta or rc. We provide source tarballs for that meanwhile.

Every release, both testing (cleaned up afterwards) and final, is marked by a tag according to the pattern vM.m.p (we are keeping the "v" prefix for historical reasons) in the repo, which can be checked out with

git checkout vM.m.p

Single branches may also be cloned, in case the full repo is not needed:

# clone only the `release_8.4' branch, locally
git clone -b release_8.4 git://

# [...] Checking out a newly created branch, e.g. `featureX':
git branch -rv 
    origin/master               96e9534 Fixed array constant for rgb (Ticket 157)
    origin/release_8.4          5eacb06 Fix netcdf import when only one variable is imported
    origin/featureX             1234567 Start implementation of feature X.
git checkout -b featureX origin/featureX

For help on handling git, see ProvideFix page.

Initial process

Releases can only be made if the build status is successful for the latest (or chosen one for release preparation) commit.

1. Create branch and tag according to the aforementioned naming scheme - Requires write access to the repo


git pull
git fetch

git tag $VERSION
git push origin $VERSION

git branch $RELEASE
git push origin $RELEASE

2. Create source tarball

# from local clone
git archive  --output=rasdaman-v8.4.0.tgz v8.4.0
# directly from repo ''currently not working''
git archive --remote=git:// --output=rasdaman-v8.4.0.tgz v8.4.0

3. Build RPM and test it on local system

4. These to be done as close together as possible

  • Update all links to download and RPM repo then
  • Announce release
    • to -dev and -users lists if release candidate / patch
    • also to -announce (to be established) in case of final release

Open issues

Testing time

We should establish some time frame to advance in the release process: now we wait one week before advancing -rc if bugfixes come in.

Last modified 21 months ago Last modified on Jul 9, 2015 5:30:37 PM