[llvm-dev] [cfe-dev] What version comes after 3.9? (Was: [3.9 Release] Release plan and call for testers)

Saleem Abdulrasool via llvm-dev llvm-dev at lists.llvm.org
Fri Jun 24 17:55:38 PDT 2016

On Fri, Jun 24, 2016 at 5:43 PM, Dmitri Gribenko via cfe-dev <
cfe-dev at lists.llvm.org> wrote:

> On Fri, Jun 24, 2016 at 4:41 PM, Hans Wennborg via llvm-dev
> <llvm-dev at lists.llvm.org> wrote:
> > Richard suggested that since we do time-based rather than
> > feature-based releases, the distinction between a release with or
> > without major changes is arbitrary, and we should move to a scheme
> > where we update the major version number on each release (4.0, 5.0,
> > etc.) with minor releases in between (4.1, 5.1, ..).
> If we are truly committed to doing time-based releases, we can switch
> to time-based version numbers, Year.Month, for example, if we were to
> release in June it would be 16.06.  We can use an extra digit for
> minor releases.

This would mirror other projects doing the same, so there is precedent.
Although radically different from the current model, I think it has some
merit.  When people report bugs with 3.1, its actually hard to estimate how
it is (roughly estimating it via ~6mo release cycle does really work).
This would certainly make it easier.

Its a good alternative though it does mean that we no longer have the
ability to indicate a major shift.  However as Chris already pointed out,
LLVM is much more stable these days and perhaps worrying about major shifts
which are unseen is looking for a problem to solve rather than solving a
problem at hand.

+1 on this suggestion.

> Dmitri
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Saleem Abdulrasool
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