Making a Release of Banter

If you're used to doing this, it'll probably take about an hour to make a Banter release. If you hit a glitch, who knows how long it will take, so plan accordingly.

  • Announce in #banter that you're about to make a release so they'll stop committing code in trunk (although you may get someone who begs you for a few more minutes for a last-minute-super-risky change)

  • Update to the latest code svn up

  • Update the NEWS file
    • This is one occasion where the ChangeLog file is your friend.

    • Keep the NEWS file mostly non-technical in nature. You don't have to add every single thing from the ChangeLog, only the things that would mean the most to end-users. Serious technical issues should be omitted from the NEWS file. Bugs (with the number), are useful however.

  • Build a test tarball
    • Run: make distcheck

    • make distcheck must succeed. Do not make a release if this step fails. Take the time to fix any problems that arise. You'll thank yourself later.

  • Test the banter-x.y.z.tar.gz file that is generated

    • tar xzvf banter-x.y.z
      cd banter-x.y.z
      ./configure --prefix=/tmp/banter-x.y.z
      make install
      /tmp/banter-x.y.z/bin/banter  (this should run banter w/o issues)
  • If everything worked in the test tarball, commit the NEW news file (updating the ChangeLog file at the same time).

  • Build the official tarball
    • Run: make distcheck

    • Good idea to test this tarball too
  • Tag the code in SVN
    • svn copy svn+ssh://<username> svn+ssh://<username>

    • The tag should be in the following format: BANTER_{MAJOR}_{MINOR}_{RELEASE}
    • e.g., BANTER_0_1_0

    • Good idea to double-check that the directories/files look fine inside of the tag:

  • Bump the version one revision in and commit it (complete with ChangeLog entry)

    • e.g., 0.1.0 -> 0.1.1

    • This allows others to start developing in trunk again
  • Install the tarball on
    • md5sum banter-x.y.z    (note the value, you'll use it later)
      scp banter-x.y.z {your-GNOME-username}
      ssh {your-GNOME-username}
      md5sum banter-x.y.z    (make sure it matches with the MD5 on your machine)
      install-module banter-x.y.z    (follow instructions, usually just answer Y)
    • If this step is successful, you should see the tar.gz and tar.bz2 appear here (after a few minutes):

  • Send an ANNOUNCE email:
  • Update the Download web page

  • You're done! WHEW!

Apps/Attic/Banter/MakeRelease (last edited 2013-08-09 00:02:51 by WilliamJonMcCann)