Fetching contributors…
Cannot retrieve contributors at this time
157 lines (122 sloc) 5.97 KB
Checklists for PuTTY administrative procedures
Preparing to make a release
Now that PuTTY is in git, a lot of the release preparation can be done
in advance, in local checkouts, and not pushed until the actual
process of _releasing_ it.
To begin with, before dropping the tag, make sure everything is ready
for it:
- First of all, go through the source (including the documentation),
and the website, and review anything tagged with a comment
containing the word XXX-REVIEW-BEFORE-RELEASE.
(Any such comments should state clearly what needs to be done.)
- Also, do some testing of the Windows version with Minefield, and
of the Unix version with valgrind or efence or both. In
particular, any headline features for the release should get a
workout with memory checking enabled!
- Double-check that we have removed anything tagged with a comment
containing the words XXX-REMOVE-BEFORE-RELEASE or
XXX-REVIEW-BEFORE-RELEASE. ('git grep XXX-RE' should only show up
hits in this file itself.)
- Now update the version numbers and the transcripts in the docs, by
checking out the release branch and running
make distclean
./release.pl --version=X.YZ --setver
Then check that the resulting automated git commit has updated the
version number in the following places:
* putty/LATEST.VER
* putty/doc/plink.but
* putty/doc/pscp.but
* putty/windows/putty.iss (four times, on consecutive lines)
and also check that it has reset the definition of 'Epoch' in
- Make the release tag, pointing at the version-update commit we just
- If the release is on a branch (which I expect it generally will
be), merge that branch to master.
- Write a release announcement (basically a summary of the changes
since the last release). Squirrel it away in
atreus:src/putty-local/announce-<ver> in case it's needed again
within days of the release going out.
- Update the website, in a local checkout:
* Write a release file in components/releases which identifies the
new version, its release date, a section for the Changes page,
and a news announcement for the front page.
* Disable the pre-release sections of the website (if previously
enabled), by editing prerel_version() in components/Base.mc to
return undef.
- Update the wishlist, in a local checkout:
* If there are any last-minute wishlist entries (e.g. security
vulnerabilities fixed in the new release), write entries for
* If any other bug fixes have been cherry-picked to the release
branch (so that the wishlist mechanism can't automatically mark
them as fixed in the new release), add appropriate Fixed-in
headers for those.
* Add an entry to the @releases array in control/bugs2html.
- Build the release, by checking out the release tag:
git checkout 0.XX
bob . RELEASE=0.XX
This should generate a basically valid release directory as
`build.out/putty', and provide link maps and sign.sh alongside that
in build.out.
- Double-check in build.log that the release was built from the right
git commit.
- Do a bit of checking of the release binaries:
* make sure they basically work
* check they report the right version number
* if there's any easily observable behaviour difference between
the release branch and master, arrange to observe it
* test the Windows installer
* test the Unix source tarball.
- Sign the release: in the `build.out' directory, type
sh sign.sh -r putty
and enter the passphrases a lot of times.
The actual release procedure
Once all the above preparation is done and the release has been built
locally, this is the procedure for putting it up on the web.
- Upload the release itself and its link maps to everywhere it needs
to be, by running this in the build.out directory:
../release.pl --version=X.YZ --upload
- Check that downloads via version-numbered URLs all work:
../release.pl --version=X.YZ --precheck
- Switch the 'latest' links over to the new release:
* Update the HTTP redirect at the:www/putty/htaccess .
* Update the FTP symlink at chiark:ftp/putty-latest .
- Now verify that downloads via the 'latest' URLs are all redirected
correctly and work:
../release.pl --version=X.YZ --postcheck
- Push all the git repositories:
* run 'git push' in the website checkout
* run 'git push' in the wishlist checkout
* push from the main PuTTY checkout. Typically this one will be
pushing both the release tag and an update to the master branch,
plus removing the pre-release branch, so you'll want some
commands along these lines:
git push origin master # update the master branch
git push origin --tags # should push the new release tag
git push origin :pre-0.XX # delete the pre-release branch
- Run ~/adm/puttyweb.sh on atreus to update the website after all
those git pushes.
- Check that the unpublished website on atreus looks sensible.
- Run webupdate, so that all the changes on atreus propagate to
chiark. Important to do this _before_ announcing that the release
is available.
- After running webupdate, run update-rsync on chiark and verify that
the rsync mirror package (~/ftp/putty-website-mirror) contains a
subdirectory for the new version and mentions it in its .htaccess.
- Announce the release!
+ Construct a release announcement email whose message body is the
announcement written above, and which includes the following
* Reply-To: <putty@projects.tartarus.org>
* Subject: PuTTY X.YZ is released
+ Mail that release announcement to
+ Post it to comp.security.ssh.
+ Mention it in <TDHTT> on mono.
- Edit ~/adm/puttysnap.sh to disable pre-release builds, if they were
previously enabled.
- Relax (slightly).