Create a new version

Decide who will drive the point release

There is no formal process. Someone volunteers and discuss it with other members of the team, via e-mail or irc.

Create new task

  • Title release version (for instance firefly v0.80.10)
  • Assign it to the backporter responsible for it
  • Set the Affected Versions field to the version (for instance v0.80.10)
  • Set the priority to Urgent for releases that contain only a few backports that need to be published immediately and High otherwise

Add a workflow section to the description

The issue is used to figure out at what point of the release workflow it currently is. The development workflow must be copied and edited to reflect the specifics of the version being released (i.e. replacing roles by names of people responsible for a given component at this point in time for instance). Here is an example from nautilus v14.2.17


  • Preparing the release TBD
  • Cutting the release
    • Abhishek/Yuri gets approval from all leads
      • Casey, rgw - TBD
      • Patrick, fs - TBD
      • Jason, rbd - TBD
      • Neha, rados - TBD
    • Abhishek informs Yuri that the branch is ready for testing - sha1:
      Current SHA1: see in note below
    • Yuri runs additional integration tests - TBD
      • If Yuri discovers new bugs that need to be backported urgently (i.e. their priority is set to Urgent or Immediate), the release goes back to being prepared; it was not ready after all
    • Yuri informs Sage, David that the branch is ready for release - TBD
    • Someone creates the packages and sets the release tag - TBD
    • Someone writes and commits the release notes - TBD
    • Someone sends out release announcement email - TBD
    • Someone posts release announcement on - TBD

Release information

  • branch to build from: nautilus, commit:
  • version: v14.2.17
  • type of release: point release
  • where to publish the release:

Add a release information template to the description

This will be used by the person responsible for the publishing the release. Although it is largely redundant with information from the context, it can convenientely be copy pasted and does not require any understanding of the conventions used for backporting. The release manager can publish the release with just this information and nothing else. The commit hash (???) below is in the release branch and has received approval by everyone involved

  • branch to build from: firefly, commit:???
  • version: v0.80.10
  • type of release: point release