[Release-testers] [lldb-dev] [6.0.0 Release] Scheduling the release

Robinson, Paul via Release-testers release-testers at lists.llvm.org
Wed Dec 6 13:06:31 PST 2017

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> From: lldb-dev [mailto:lldb-dev-bounces at lists.llvm.org] On Behalf Of Hans
> Wennborg via lldb-dev
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> Subject: [lldb-dev] [6.0.0 Release] Scheduling the release
> 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.

I'm very sympathetic to syncing upstream stabilization with internal
processes; that said, branching so soon after New Year's Day (which
I'd guess is celebrated essentially everywhere) seems like not such a
great idea.  This is not a strong objection, more of an observation.
Can I make a counter-offer of Monday, 8 January?  If that's a real
problem, then we can live with 3 January.

> 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.
> Cheers,
> Hans
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