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# -*- mode:org -*-
#+TITLE: Org maintainer tasks
#+STARTUP: noindent
This document describes the tasks the Org-mode maintainer has to do
and how they are performed.
* Git workflow
The git repository has two branches:
- master :: for current development.
- maint :: for bug fixes against latest major or minor release.
Bug fixes always go on =maint= then are merged on =master=.
New features always go on =master=.
* Releasing
** Major release
The release number for main releases look like this: =7.13=
Main releases are made whenever Org is in a state where the feature
set is consistent and we feel that the features that are implemented
is something we want to support in the future.
A major release turns the current state of the master branch into a
When doing a /major release/, make sure all changes from the maint
branch are merged into the the master branch, then merge the master
branch back into maint to synchronize the two.
** Minor release
The release number for minor releases look like this: =7.13.1=
Minor releases are small amends to main releases. Usually they fix
critical bugs discovered in a main release. Minor bugs are usually
not fixed -- they will be adressed in the next main release.
Only the fix to the bug is bundled into a release, without the main
development work going on in the master branch. Since the bug fix
will also be needed in the master branch, usually the fix is made in
maint then merged in master.
** Tagging the release
When doing a major and a minor release, after all necessary merging is
done, tag the _maint_ branch for the release with:
git tag -a release_7.9.1 -m "Adding release tag"
and push tags with
git push --tags
We also encourage you to sign release tags like this:
git tag -s release_7.9.1 -m "Adding release tag"
** Uploading the release files from the server
Log on the server as the emacs user and cd to
From there do
make release
make upload
to create the .tar.gz and .zip files, the documentation, and to
upload everything at the right place.
* Available Org's builds on the server
There are two cron tasks on the server: one that builds the ELPA
packages and one that builds org-latest.tar.gz and
ELPA packages are built from the *maint* branch. One ELPA package
contains Org's core, another one called "org-plus-contrib" contains
Org and contributed libraries.
org-latest* snapshots are built from the *master* branch.
* Synchronization with Emacs
** Updating etc/ORG-NEWS
Latest changes in Emacs are described in Emacs =etc/NEWS=, and latest
changes in major Emacs packages are described in =etc/ORG-NEWS=.
If a major release is meant to be merged with the Emacs trunk (as it
always should), you need to update Org's =etc/ORG-NEWS= file so that
you can merge it with that of Emacs. There is one top-level section
for each release that is merged with Emacs.
** Merging with Emacs trunk branch
This is still a significant headache. Some hand work is needed here.
Emacs uses bzr. A useful introduction to bzr for Emacs developers can
be found [[][here]]. While I see all the advantages this would have, I
cannot bring myself to switch away from git for my day-to-day work,
because I know git so well, and because git seems to me as being much
more powerful, conceptionally simple (once you have [[][bent your head
around it]]), and so much faster.
So the way I have been doing things with Emacs is this:
1. I do not update the version in Emacs too often. Just once every
few months - this is frequently enough for the Emacs release cycle.
Care must be taken to get in a *new and stable* version shortly
before Emacs goes into feature freeze and pretest, because that
version is going to be in the wild for a long time.
2. I watch the Emacs diffs for changes made by the maintainers of
Emacs in the org-mode files in Emacs. Any changes that come up
there, I merge into the development version of Org-mode.
Occasionally I do not do this, if I do not agree with a change.
The changes go into Org /without/ a ChangeLog-like entry in the
commit message. The reason for this is that we will later generate
a ChangeLog file from our commit messages, and I do not want double
ChangeLog entries in the Emacs ChangeLog file.
3. When I have made a release (usually I wait for the minor releases
to stabilize), I *copy* org files into the Emacs repository. Yes,
I do not merge, I copy. This has been the source of some problems
in the past - Emacs developers are not happy when I accidentally
overwrite changes they made. But I have not had the patience to
work out a better mechanism, and I really dislike the idea that the
version in Emacs starts diverging from my own.
Careful: Copy /org.texi/ and /orgcard.tex/ into the right places,
and also copy the lisp files with *two exceptions*: Do *not* copy
/org-colview-xemacs.el/ and /org-loaddefs.el/. The former does not
belong in Emacs. And the latter would actually be harmful because
Emacs generates its own autoloads.
4. Generate the ChangeLog entries
For this, I do in the org-mode git repository
: mk/make_emacs_changelog release_7.02.05..release_7.03.02
This will spit out ChangeLog entries (for the given commit range)
that need to go into the ChangeLog files in Emacs. Org-mode
contributes to 3 different ChangeLog files in Emacs:
: lisp/org/ChangeLog (for lisp changes)
: doc/misc/ChangeLog (for org.texi changes)
: etc/ChangeLog (for refcard changes)
When you run the =make_emacs_changelog= program, you will be
prompted for a date in ISO format YYYY-MM-DD, this date will be
used in the ChangeLog entries - Emacs developers want these dates
to be the time when the change has been installed into Emacs, not
the time when we made the change in our own repository. So all the
ChangeLog entries will get the same date. You will also be
prompted for the kind of ChangeLog you want to make, possible
answers are =lisp=, =texi=, and =card=. The program will then
select the correct entries for the specified ChangeLog file. If
you don't like being prompted, you can give the date and type as
second and third command line arguments to =make_emacs_changelog=,
for example
: mk/make_emacs_changelog release_7.02.05..release_7.03.02 2010-12-11 lisp
These entries need to be added to the ChangeLog files in Emacs.
You should, in the ChangeLog file, select the inserted region of
new entries and do =M-x fill-region=, so that the entries are
formatted correctly. I then do look through the entries quickly to
make sure they are formatted properly, that the email addresses
look right etc.
5. Commit the changes into the bzr repository and you are done. Emacs
developers often look throught the commit and make minor changes -
these need to be merged back into our own repo.
* Updating the list of hooks/commands/options on Worg
Load the =mk/eldo.el= file then =M-x eldo-make-doc RET=.
This will produce an org file with the documentation.
Import this file into =worg/, leaving the header untouched
(except for the release number).
Then commit and push the change on the =worg.git= repository.
* Copyright assignments
The maintainer needs to keep track of copyright assignments.
Even better, find a volunteer to do this.
The assignment form is included in the repository as a file that
you can send to contributors: =request-assign-future.txt=
The list of all contributors from who we have the papers is kept on
Worg at, so that
committers can check if a patch can go into the core.
The assignment process does not allways go smoothly, and it has
happened several times that it gets stuck or forgotten at the FSF.
The contact at the FSF for this is:
Emails from the paper submitter have been ignored in the past, but
an email from me (Carsten) as the maintainer of Org mode has usually
fixed such cases within a few days.
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