[llvm-dev] [cfe-dev] [6.0.0 Release] Scheduling the release

Tom Stellard via llvm-dev llvm-dev at lists.llvm.org
Thu Dec 7 12:55:06 PST 2017

On 12/06/2017 09:28 AM, Hans Wennborg via cfe-dev wrote:
> Hello everyone,
> It's time to start making plans for the 6.0.0 release.
> Following our regular schedule, the branch would occur about two weeks
> into January, on Wednesday 17 January 2018, with the goal of shipping
> early March. This is the schedule I would propose.
> However, one large consumer of the branch has asked if we could start
> earlier this time, branching on 3 January instead (not moving the ship
> date), to get a longer period for stabilization that syncs with their
> internal process.
> While I'm hesitant to change the schedule because I think it's
> important that it's predictable, there is a benefit of having large
> users "in sync" with the upstream release branch, as that means more
> people testing the same code.
> I will be out of the office the first weeks of January (and I'm
> guessing other members of the community might be too), so while I
> could get the branch started on the 3rd, it would be a kind of
> "slow-start" of the process, but still allow those who want to start
> testing and nominating merges to do so.
> Ultimately, it comes down to what the community prefers. Should we
> stick to the regular schedule, or should we do the "slow-start" two
> weeks early this time?
> Let me know what you think, especially those of you involved in the
> release testing.

I'm fine with an earlier branch date.  If we are worried about changing
the schedule, we could always keep the rc1 date the same and allow
people to finish up features in the release branch during the "slow-start"


> Cheers,
> Hans
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