[Release-testers] [llvm-dev] [3.9 Release] Release plan and call for testers

Tom Stellard via Release-testers release-testers at lists.llvm.org
Mon Jun 13 06:06:05 PDT 2016

On Fri, Jun 10, 2016 at 01:38:22PM -0700, Hans Wennborg via llvm-dev wrote:
> Hello everyone,
> It's time to start planning for the 3.9 release.
> Please let me know if you'd like to help providing binaries and
> testing for your favourite platform.
> I propose the following schedule:
> - 18 July: Create the release branch; build and test RC1 soon thereafter.
> - 1 August: Tag, build and test RC2. Any unfinished features need to
> be turned off by now. As we get closer to the release, the bar for
> merging patches rises.
> - 22 August: Tag 3.9.0-final. The release ships when binaries are ready.
> Also, I have three more questions for the community:
> 1) Right after the branch, the version number of the trunk will be
> incremented. I assume this means bumping the major version number,
> taking us to 4.0? IIUC, that's what happened after 1.9 and 2.9.

The 4.1 release gives us the opportunity to drop support for 3.x
bitcode formats, so  I don't think we should move to 4.x until we have
older bitcode features that we really want to drop.  There should
probably be a separate discussion thread about this.


> 2) Following up on the May thread about the release process [1], I'd
> like to make the schedule we've followed for the last few years more
> official by posting somewhere on the web page that we're committed to
> shipping two major releases per year: one in early March (branching
> mid-January), and one early September (branching mid-July), usually
> with one (or sometimes two) "dot" releases in between.
> 3) Another follow-up from that thread: it's usually the same people
> who test the releases for their platform. Rather than asking everyone
> each time, I'd like to make a list of who's responsible for each
> platform and put that on the web page. Testers can still sign-up or
> resign as they like, of course. Would you testers be OK with this?

This is a great idea.


> Let me know what you think.
> Cheers,
> Hans
>  [1]. http://lists.llvm.org/pipermail/llvm-dev/2016-May/099541.html
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