Managing a release is easiest in an environment that is as clean as possible. For this reason, cloning the code base in to a new directory for the release process is recommended.
A system for git and building.
A cryptographic key that has been signed by at least two other PMC members. This should be preferentially associated with your
apache.orgemail address but that is not required.
The first step in a release is making a release candidate. This is distributed to the community for validation before the actual release.
Gather up information about the changes for the release. The
is a good starting point. You may also want to check the commits since the last
release. The primary purpose of this is to generate a list of the important
changes since the last release.
Create or update a page on the Wiki for the release. If it is a major or minor release it should have its own page. Use the previous release page as a template. Point releases should get a section at the end of the corresponding release page.
Write an announcement for the release. This will contain much of the same information that is on the Wiki page but more concisely. Check the mailing list archives for examples to use as a base.
Go to the top level source directory.
Check the version in
configure.ac. There are two values near the top that need to be set,
TS_VERSION_N. These are the release version number in different encodings.
Check the variable
RCin the top level
Makefile.am. This should be the point release value. This needs to be changed for every release candidate. The first release candidate is
Execute the following commands to make the distribution files.
autoreconf -i ./configure make rel-candidate
These steps will create the distribution files and sign them using your key.
Expect to be prompted twice for your passphrase unless you use an ssh key agent.
If you have multiple keys you will need to set the default appropriately
beforehand, as no option will be provided to select the signing key. The files
should have names that start with
X.Y.Z is the version and
A is the release candidate counter. There
should be four such files, one with no extension and three others with the
sha1. This will also create a signed git
tag of the form
The release candidate files should be uploaded to some public storage. Your personal storage on people.apache.org is a reasonable location to use.
Send the release candidate announcement to the users and dev mailing lists, noting that it is a release candidate and providing a link to the distribution files you uploaded. This announcement should also call for a vote on the candidate, generally with a 72 hours time limit.
If the voting was successful (at least three “+1” votes and no “-1” votes), proceed to Official Release. Otherwise, repeat the Release Candidate process.
Build the distribution files with the command
Be sure to not have changed anything since the release candidate was built so
the checksums are identical. This will create a signed git tag of the form
X.Y.Z and produce the distribution files. Push the tag to the ASF repository
with the command
git push origin X.Y.Z
origin is the name for the ASF remote repository which is
correct if you originally clone from the ASF repository.
The distribution files must be added to an SVN repository. This can be accessed with the command:
svn co https://dist.apache.org/repos/dist/release/trafficserver <local-directory>
All four of the distribution files go here. If you are making a point release then you should also remove the distribution files for the previous release. Allow 24 hours for the files to be distributed through the ASF infrastructure.
The Traffic Server website must be updated. This is an SVN repository which you can access with
svn co https://svn.apache.org/repos/asf/trafficserver/site/trunk <local-directory>
The files of interest are in the
This is the front page. The places to edit here are any security announcements at the top and the “News” section.
Update the downloads page to point to the new download objects.
After making changes, commit them and then run
publish.pl trafficserver <apache-id>
If needed, update the Wiki page for the release to point at the release distribution files.
Update the announcement, if needed, to refer to the release distribution files
and remove the comments concerning the release candidate. This announcement
should be sent to the users and dev mailing lists. It should also be sent
to the ASF announcement list, which must be done using an
Finally, update various files after the release:
STATUSfile for master and for the release branch to include this version.
CHANGESfile to have a header for the next version.
configure.acto be set to the next version.
In the top level
RCto have the value