This chapter describes how to release a new version of Bareos. The documentation is limited to the changes that need to be done to the sources and the git repository. Building and distributing source and binary packages is not the scope of this chapter.
Consider this a step-by-step manual. The sections are meant to be carried out in that order.
Deciding for a version number
When you release you will usually need at least two version numbers: the version you’re going to release and the version that will follow after that version. For details on the numbering-scheme, take a look at Bareos Version Numbers and Releases.
Usually, you will have an existing work-in-progress tag that generates pre-release version numbers for your branch. So the version you’re going to release is probably the final version for that pre-release.
Preparing the release notes
The release notes should be committed to the master branch and then cherry-picked to your release branch using
git cherry-pick -x.
Update version-dependent files
There are version-dependent files in the Bareos sources that might need your attention.
The file is in either
Whenever the database schema version changes this file must be updated.
Usually the developer who did a schema change should have done this.
However, please double-check and add or update the version mapping if needed.
Publishing the release
To actually publish the release you pushing the commits and tags created earlier to GitHub.
After you have reviewed the commits and tags that have been set in the previous release and made sure all branch pointers point to the right places (please double- and triple-check this) and you’re on the correct branch, you can push the changes to GitHub.
First push the branch
git push <remote>, then push the release-tag
git push <remote> <release-tag> and if applicable the WIP-tag
git push <remote> <WIP-tag>.
If this is a new major release you also need to push master and the new WIP-tag for master.
Updating GitHub Release
Pushing a tag to GitHub will implicitly create a release on the project’s list of releases. The release information there is incomplete and should be updated.
Go to the list described above, select your release-tag and press “Edit tag”. In the form enter “Release X.Y.Z” for “Release title” and add the URL of the release notes to “Describe this release”. If you’re releasing a pre-release (anything with a tilde in the version number) check the “This is a pre-release” box. Apply the changes by pressing “Save”.