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Preparation Checklist for Minor Releases

Contents

4-5 Days Before Announce

  • Contact translators to make sure that all translation strings are in (Peter Eisentraut)
  • Contact -packagers and warn them of release

3-4 Days Before Announce

  • Upload source code, and notify -packagers
  • Have -packagers test source code
  • Contact Regional Contacts and warn them of upcoming release
  • Decide who's handling what for the release
  • Have WWW team prepare updates to the home page

24 Hours Before Announce

  • Submit News item and have member of the WWW team check it
  • Upload binaries (make sure that Windows packagers are ready!)

8 Hours Before Announce

  • Build new docs and commit them

4 Hours Before Announce

  • Commit News item
  • Commit changes to home page
  • Update "What's New" link target on /docs and commit

The Announce E-mail

  • Must go out under an @postgresql.org e-mail address with no personal footer
  • Should be checked by:
    • The web team (links)
    • The core team & packagers (contents)
  • Check that new pages, downloads have propagated before sending out announce
  • Check links again!
  • If you don't have automatic -announce approval, make sure an -announce moderator is on duty

Day After Announce

  • Update Sourceforge
  • Update Freshmeat
  • Update #postgresql topic
  • Update version in Wikipedia

Other Comments and Reminders

1. Releases are performed only by community members with @postgresql.org. People known to announce releases are jdrake@postgresql.org, josh@postgresql.org and dpage@postgresql.org .

2. If the release email has a signature, make sure it is referencing PostgreSQL and not the contributors private interests.

3. Work with a web contributor or ready a patch for front page and developers/.

4. Make sure docs are generated.

* https://pgweb.postgresql.org/browser/trunk/portal/tools/docs/readme.txt

If you can't get to that site, work with someone who can. (Magnus Hagander, Stefan Kaltenbrunner, Dave Page, Robert Treat)

5. Ready email from <contributor>@postgresql.org to -general, -advocacy and -announce.

 * Check http://anoncvs.postgresql.org/cvsweb.cgi/pgsql/src/include/catalog/catversion.h just in case it is an initdb forcing release.

6. Double check that 1,2,5 only contain references to @postgresql.org

7. Confirm packages and symlinks are on ftp sites and mirrors have begun to propagate.

8. Get confirmation from -packagers that the web patch looks good. You will need to work with your web contributor or set up a development sandbox for this.

9. Work with operator on #postgresql to change topic. Commonly logged in operators are linuxpoet (Joshua Drake) and davidfetter (David Fetter)

10. Once 1-9 are done

 * Get web patch committed. Insure it looks correct on wwwmaster
 * Wait for patch to propagate, this takes at least one hour(site gets build every hour at exactly :00) or can be forced through the admin interface on wwwmaster.
   * Send announcement to -general, -advocacy and -announce
   * If you are not an -announce moderator prepare a moderator in advance. Known moderators are jd@commandprompt.com (Joshua Drake) and xzilla@users.sourceforge.net (Robert Treat)

11. Update SourceForge entry (devrim@gunduz.org)

12. Update Freshmeat (scrappy@hub.org)

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