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Checklists for PuTTY administrative procedures
Locations of the licence
The PuTTY copyright notice and licence are stored in quite a few
places. At the start of a new year, the copyright year needs
updating in all of them; and when someone sends a massive patch,
their name needs adding in all of them too.
The LICENCE file in the main source distribution:
- putty/LICENCE
The resource files:
- putty/windows/pageant.rc
+ the copyright date appears twice, once in the About box and
once in the Licence box. Don't forget to change both!
- putty/windows/puttygen.rc
+ the copyright date appears twice, once in the About box and
once in the Licence box. Don't forget to change both!
- putty/windows/win_res.rc2
+ the copyright date appears twice, once in the About box and
once in the Licence box. Don't forget to change both!
- putty/windows/version.rc2
+ the copyright date appears once only.
- putty/unix/gtkdlg.c
+ the copyright date appears twice, once in the About box and
once in the Licence box. Don't forget to change both!
The documentation (both the preamble blurb and the licence appendix):
- putty/doc/blurb.but
- putty/doc/licence.but
The website:
- putty-website/licence.html
Before tagging a release
- 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!
For a long time we got away with never checking the current version
number in at all - all version numbers were passed into the build
system on the compiler command line, and the _only_ place version
numbers showed up in the source files was in the tag information.
Unfortunately, those halcyon days are gone, and we do need the
version number checked in in a couple of places. These must be updated
_before_ tagging a new release.
The file used to generate the Unix snapshot version numbers (which
are <previousrelease>-<date> so that the Debian versioning system
orders them correctly with respect to releases):
- putty/LATEST.VER
The Windows installer script (_four_ times, on consecutive lines):
- putty/windows/putty.iss
The Windows resource file (used to generate the binary bit of the
VERSIONINFO resources -- the strings are supplied by the usual means):
- putty/windows/version.rc2 (BASE_VERSION; NB, _comma_-separated)
It might also be worth going through the documentation looking for
version numbers - we have a couple of transcripts showing the help
text from the command-line tools, and it would be nice to ensure the
whole transcripts (certainly including the version numbers) are up
to date. Sometimes these are marked in between releases as `0.XX', so
it's worth grepping for that too.
- putty/doc/pscp.but
- putty/doc/plink.but
- putty/doc/psftp.but (in case it ever acquires a similar thing)
The actual release procedure
This is the procedure I (SGT) currently follow (or _should_ follow
:-) when actually making a release, once I'm happy with the position
of the tag.
- Double-check that we have removed anything tagged with a comment
containing the words XXX-REMOVE-BEFORE-RELEASE or
- Write a release announcement (basically a summary of the changes
since the last release). Squirrel it away in
ixion:src/putty/local/announce-<ver> in case it's needed again
within days of the release going out.
- Build the release: `bob putty-0.XX RELEASE=0.XX'. This should
generate a basically valid release directory as
`build.out/putty', and provide link maps and alongside
that in build.out.
- Do a bit of checking that the release binaries basically work,
report their version numbers accurately, and so on. Test the
installer and the Unix source tarball.
- Save the link maps. Currently I keep these on ixion, in
- Sign the release: in the `build.out' directory, type `./
putty Releases', and enter the passphrases a lot of times.
- Now the whole release directory should be present and correct.
Upload it to ixion:www/putty/<ver>.
- Do final checks on the release directory:
+ verify all the signatures:
for i in `find . -name '*.*SA'`; do case $i in *md5sums*) gpg --verify $i;; *) gpg --verify $i ${i%%.?SA};; esac; done
+ check the md5sums:
md5sum -c md5sums
- Having double-checked the release, copy it from ixion to
chiark:ftp/putty-<ver> and to the:www/putty/<ver>.
- Check the permissions! Actually try downloading from the, to make
sure it really works.
- Update the HTTP redirects.
+ Update the one at the:www/putty/htaccess which points the
virtual subdir `latest' at the actual latest release dir. TEST
THIS ONE - it's quite important.
+ ixion:www/putty/.htaccess has an individual redirect for each
version number. Add a new one.
- Update the FTP symlink (chiark:ftp/putty-latest -> putty-<ver>).
- Update web site.
+ Adjust front page (`the latest version is <ver>').
+ Adjust Download page similarly.
+ Adjust filenames of installer and Unix tarball on links in
Download page.
+ Adjust header text on Changelog page. (That includes changing
`are new' in previous version to `were new'!)
- Update the wishlist. This can be done without touching individual
items by editing the @releases array in control/bugs2html.
- Check the Docs page links correctly to the release docs. (It
should do this automatically, owing to the `latest' HTTP
- Check that the web server attaches the right content type to .HLP
and .CNT files.
- Run webupdate, so that all the changes on ixion 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 correctly identifies the new
- Announce the release!
+ Mail the announcement to putty-announce.
* Set a Reply-To on the mail so that people don't keep
replying to my personal address.
+ Post it to
+ Mention it in <TDHTT> on mono.
- Relax (slightly).
After the release
The following want doing some time soon after a release has been made:
- If the release was made from a branch, make sure the version number
on the _trunk_ is up to date in all the locations listed above, so
that (e.g.) Unix snapshots come out right.
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