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Here are the steps to follow to create a new notmuch release.
These steps assume that a process (not described here) has already
been followed to determine the features and bug fixes to be included
in a release, and that adequate testing by the community has already
been performed. The little bit of testing performed here is a safety
check, and not a substitute for wider testing.
OK, so the code to be released is present and committed to your git
repository. From here, there are just a few steps to release:
1) Verify that the NEWS file is up to date.
Read through the entry at the top of the NEWS file and see if
you are aware of any major features recently added that are
not mentioned there. If so, please add them, (and ask the
authors of the commits to update NEWS in the future).
2) Verify that the library version in lib/Makefile.local is correct
See the instructions there for how to increment it.
The version should have been updated with any commits that
added API, but do check that that is the case. The command
below can be useful for inspecting header-file changes since
the last release X.Y:
git diff X.Y..HEAD -- lib/notmuch.h
Note: We currently don't plan to increment
LIBNOTMUCH_VERSION_MAJOR beyond 1, so if there *are*
incompatible changes to the library interface, then
stop. Don't release. Figure out the plan on the notmuch
mailing list.
Commit this change, if any.
3) Upgrade the version in the file "version"
The scheme for the release number is as follows:
A major milestone in usability causes an increase in the major
number, yielding a two-component version with a minor number
of 0, (such as "1.0" or "2.0").
Otherwise, releases with changes in features cause an increase
in the minor number, yielding a two-component version, (such
as "1.1" or "1.2").
Finally, releases that do not change "features" but are merely
bug fixes either increase the micro number or add it (starting
at ".1" if not present). So a bug-fix release from "1.0" would
be "1.0.1" and a subsequent bug-fix release would be "1.0.2"
Commit this change.
4) Create an entry for the new release in debian/changelog
The syntax of this file is tightly restricted, but the
available emacs mode (see the dpkg-dev-el package) helps.
The entries here will be the Debian-relevant single-line
description of changes from the NEWS entry. And the version
must match the version in the next step.
Commit this change.
XXX: It would be great if this step were automated as part of
release, (taking entries from NEWS and the version from the
version file, and creating a new commit, etc.)
5) Run "make release" which will perform the following steps.
Note: If any problem occurs during the process, (such as a lintian
warning that you decide should be fixed), you can abort at the
prompt for your GPG passphrase and nothing will have been uploaded
* Ensure that the version consists only of digits and periods
* Ensure that version and debian/changelog have the same version
* Verify that the source tree is clean
* Compile the current notmuch code (aborting release if it fails)
* Run the notmuch test suite (aborting release if it fails)
* Compile a Debian package
* Copy the tar file from what was made for Debian package
* Generate a .sha1 sum file for the tar file
* Sign the sha1sum using your GPG setup (asks for your GPG password)
* Check that no release exists with the current version
* scp the three files to appear on
* Create a LATEST-notmuch-version file (after deleting any old one)
* Place local copies of the tar, sha1, and gpg files into releases
* Upload the Debian package
* Place a local copy of the Debian package files in releases
* Tag the entire source tree with a tag of the form X.Y.Z, and sign
the tag with your GPG key (asks for your GPG password, and you
may need to set GIT_COMMITTER_NAME and GIT_COMMITTER_EMAIL to match
your public-key's setting or this fails.)
* Push that tag
* Provide some text for the release announcement (see below).
6) Send a message to to announce the release.
Use the text provided from "make release" above, (if for some
reason you lose this message, "make release-message" prints
it again for you.
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