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Release check list
When releasing a new version
1. Tasks in the elinks module (part 1):
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- Go over the changes since the last release. Use git-shortlog as a template.
Write a small changelog highlighting the most important changes. Changes
by new contributors are always important!
- Update NEWS file and commit. Remember to add the new version number!
Don't add the release date yet though; you will add it in a later step.
- Change VERSION in the top of configure.ac to hold the new version number.
- Update the manpages so the will have the new release number by first
building the source, followed by making the `update-man' target in doc/.
- Update po files by running `make update-po` in po/`.
- Commit these changes.
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- Create a signed tag having the version ("ELinks X.X.X") as the subject and
using the changelog create above as the body. Use something like:
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$ git tag -s -F changelog.file elinks-X.X.X
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- Run script to create new tarballs (both .gz and .bz2).
$ contrib/mkdist -g "$PWD/.git" -r elinks-X.X.X -l X.X.X
This step also builds the elinks binary and documentation based on
the label, and that might fail because of some bug, so it's best to
do this before pushing anything.
- Create ASCII armored signature files.
$ gpg -b --armor elinks-X.X.X.tar.bz2
$ gpg -b --armor elinks-X.X.X.tar.gz
- Append ".GIT" to the VERSION variable in the top of configure.ac.
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- Commit only this change.
- Push these changes plus tag using:
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$ git push
$ git push tag elinks-X.X.X
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2. Tasks on http://elinks.cz/ (part 1):
- Wait until the tag etc. has been synced or force a sync of the repository
at http://elinks.cz/elinks.git/.
3. Tasks on localhost:
- Copy the elinks-X.X.X.tar.* files to http://elinks.cz/download/.
- Send announcement to elinks-users mailing list. Do not format it
as multipart/signed because the linuxfromscratch archive does not
display such messages properly.
- Wait for the announcement to hit the elinks-users mailing list archive.
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4. Tasks in the elinks module (part 2):
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- Add the release date from the mailing list archive to NEWS.
- Commit and push that change.
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5. Tasks in the elinks-web module:
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- Change the version and release data in the start of website.conf.
Also change download.txt if necessary.
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- Add paraphrased version of the first paragraph of the release announcement
as a news entry in news/latest.txt. Make the entry link to both the
archived announcement from linuxfromscratch.org and gmane.org using the
"magic numbers" expanded by the macro. Possibly, move the cut-off markers
that control which news entries to display on the front page.
- Rebuild index.html, download.html, news.html, news.rss, and release.html.
- Update bugzilla/milestones/elinks.html if the release corresponds
to a reached milestone.
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- Commit the updates HTML and asciidoc files.
- Push the commits.
6. Tasks on http://elinks.cz/ (part 2):
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- Wait until the elinks-web module has been synced or force a sync of the
- Checkout the new updated webpages.
7. Tasks on http://bugzilla.elinks.cz/:
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- Add the new version.
- Add a comment to each bug fixed in this version. If some of them
are already VERIFIED, change them to CLOSED, unless they are also
waiting for a release in another branch.
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8. Tasks external sites and resources:
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- Add a new release to the freshmeat.net page.
- Change topic of #elinks
- (Request update of FSFs free software directory).
- (Update current version on wikipedia).
When releasing a new stable branch
(I only vaguely remember this process. --jonas)
1. Tasks on localhost:
- Locally clone the freezed repository to a new repository that will contain
the new stable branch.
- Unfreeze the repository that was cloned by changing the VERSION variable in
configure.ac to the version of the new unstable branch (remember the
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ending ".GIT"), commit, and push.
- Add new remote branch that will track the new stable "trunk". It should
basically be the push URL of the cloned repository with "#elinks-X.X"
- Push to this new remote branch to create it.
- Perform the normal version release tasks described above in this new
2. Tasks on http://elinks.cz/:
- Update http://elinks.cz/download/*-current-* tarball links to point to the
correct versions.
3. Tasks external sites and resources:
- Add a new branch to the freshmeat.net page.