[gdal-dev] GDAL/OGR 1.7.1RC1 Prepared

Frank Warmerdam warmerdam at pobox.com
Mon Feb 8 22:10:26 EST 2010

Greg Coats wrote:
> Upon further investigation, I am left puzzled why the 25 Jan 2010 version of
> frmts/jp2kak/jp2kakdataset.cpp, that was successfully updated & enhanced by
> Frank, is not included in GDAL 1.7.1 RC1, particularly since the 27 Jan 2010
> version (note: that is 2 days later) of swig/python/scripts/gdal_merge.py,
> that was successfully updated & enhanced by Chaitanya, is included.


We maintain separate source control branches for "trunk" (the development
version), and the stable release code bases for the 1.7.x releases.  So in
this case I judged the enchancement with regard to allowed quality values
to be insufficiently important to backport into the 1.7 stable branch.  Thus
it will only appear in the 1.8 release (likely in nearly a year).  Chaitanya
made the extra effort to ensure his changes went into trunk *and* the 1.7
stable branch as he judged them to be important bug fixes (I assume).

 >  I find
> it confusing (and false info) to see all of the files have the same date
> created and date modified, today, rather than reflecting the actual date the
> source code was really created and modified in Subversion. 

It would be nice if the dates of source code in the distribution files
were based on the date of last change; however, that is not how our
release preparation steps work.  I don't see it as desirable enough to try
and figure out how to change it.

 > I think I am
> supposed to vote numerically: -1 Greg Coats

Your position is noted, and feedback from all developers and users is
welcome.  However, technically, only the votes of the project steering
committee members affect the motion.  With respect, I still judge the
quality range change not very significant.

If another PSC member sees things your way, they might alter their vote
to veto the release.

In deference to your opinion and your contributions to community harmony,
I will now backport the change into the 1.7 branch so it will make it into
the 1.7.2 release (or 1.7.1 should RC1 be vetoed, for perhaps more significant

Best regards,
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