Release Procedure

Releasing a component, or set of components, is indeed not a trivial task! I will try to summarize here the required steps to make a shiny new release for any of the DMC components. Have a look at the matrix to know which components are those. This matrix is automatically updated with this script, excuted in Bamboo every night.

Coexisting versions

We can consider that there can be up to four versions coexisting: production (epel), pre-production (epel-testing), release candidate and development. Each one has different stability assumptions, so it is worth knowing where changes should be made, when required.

New features NO NO NO YES
Non critical bug-fixes NO NO YES YES
Critical bug-fixes NO YES YES YES

Releases should go from development to release candidate, and left there for at least one or two weeks to validate it doesn't functionally break anything. For some components, as gfal2, cgsi-gsoap and srm-ifce, this version will be installed in the FTS3-PILOT service, so if it doesn't break here, that'a good sign.

For all of them, development versions will be installed in dmc-ui-devel, and release-candidate in dmc-ui-rc

Now, for some description of the typical tasks belonging to each stage.

Development (develop branches)

Except minor changes - as typo fixes in commentaries - pretty much every change must have a corresponding ticket in JIRA, bound to the right component and version. This is not enforced (via hooks or similar), but it is good practice.

Everytime a production release is done, the minor version should be increased, and the revision reset back to 0 (i.e. 2.5.8 => 2.6.0)

Changes will be inmediately picked and built by Bamboo, and the resulting rpms (versioned as $version-r$build) will be copied to the unstable repositories. Normally, after a short period, the development machines (dmc-ui-devel, fts3-devel and fts3-devel-oracle) will upgrade via Puppet.

Finally, every night a test suite will be executed against the development version of the components. Testing gfal2 implicitly tests srm-ifce and cgsi-gsoap. gfal2-util has a small test suite that runs in each build.

Even though it is acceptable to have development broken for a couple of days, try fixing, or identifying, the errors before doing anything else. Otherwise it becomes a pain later to recover normality. Been there, done that. Not good.

Release Candidate (master branches)

No new features should be added to a release candidate. Bug-fixes, of course, that's what the release candidate is for!

Same as before, the changes will be inmediately picked and build by Bamboo (see Release Candidate branches) and copied to the RC repositories, but there is no automatic version increase. That's up for the developer to trigger an upgrade increasing the revision version (i.e. 2.5.8 => 2.5.9)

The release candidate machines (dmc-ui-rc, fts3-pilot) will upgrade automatically thanks to Puppet.

Note: For convenience, it is acceptable to do incremental merges (i.e, merge trunk into rc, bump version from 2.5.7 to 2.5.8), so we trigger the Pilot to upgrade, but keep that to a minimum!

Note: Remember to apply eventual fixes to development as well, or, if you wish, fix in develop and backport to rc.

From Release Candidate to EPEL

  • Mark the corresponding version in JIRA as closed
  • Review the tickets, and rephrase the titles if needed so it is clearer their subject
    • Try prefixing the tickets with the affected plugin name and/or Core in the case of gfal2
  • Update the RELEASE-NOTES in RC, with the proper release dates
  • Update the RELEASE-NOTES in development so they are in sync
  • Tag the new version
  • Create a new release in Drupal

Now it is ready to go into EPEL


I am not talking much about this stage, as this is the realm of Fedora and EPEL Guidelines. You need to be a packager in this stage, so I assume you already now how to proceed (update spec file, upload new sources, etc...)

Keep in mind the dependency graph! If there are API changes, you will need to respect the order (cgsi-gsoap first, then srm-ifce, then gfal2, then gfal2-python and gfalFS, and finally gfal2-util)

So, for instance, if a new API call was introduced in srm-ifce, you will need to build that first, make a buildroot override, and then build gfal2.

Packages in this stage will be upgrade by some testing machines out there. Keep an eye and make sure there are no broken dependencies.

One you have the build ready, update the release in Drupal with the rpms.


Finally, Bodhi will let you know when can you push the built rpms. Keep in mind again the dependency order, and push srm-ifce before gfal2, and so on...

When to modify directly in EPEL?

Never :)

Seriously, if being already in epel or epel-testing you find, or someone reports, a very bad bug that needs inmediate action, you can either create a new version with the patch in the repository, and do a full release, or you could just apply a patch in Fedora and increase the release number.


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