[GRASS-dev] [release planning] GRASS GIS 8: create new release branch

Veronica Andreo veroandreo at gmail.com
Tue Jun 8 07:09:54 PDT 2021

Hello devs,

As you all know, grass birthday is approaching... July 29th is just around
the corner. I'd love to celebrate GRASS' bday with a new release, with a
big release ;)
Do you think that is doable? How much is missing for GRASS 8 release?

The next important date is FOSS4G 2021 on September 27th - October 2nd,
where we have proposed GRASS 8 talks and workshops. If we can't make it for
GRASS GIS' birthday, do you think it's feasible to release before FOSS4G,
say August for example?

I think it's really important to agree on a date so we can all manage our
reduced time and focus our efforts towards that aim.
What do you say?


El lun, 7 jun 2021 a las 3:34, Vaclav Petras (<wenzeslaus at gmail.com>)

> The word "branch" in "previewbranch_8_0" seems superfluous to me as it
> does in releasebranch_7_8 plus it is two words together without a
> separator. Would v8 be a good time to change that practice?
> Advantages of just release_8_0:
> A1) No 'branch == releasebranch_7_8' or 'switch to the releasebranch_7_8
> branch' statements.
> A2) Master branch is also only a branch and does not have the word branch
> in it.
> A3) Both QGIS and GDAL use only "release", not "branch", in the name of
> their release branches.
> Disadvantages of just release_8_0:
> D1) In contexts where you use Git to get a specific branch or tag, you
> don't see from the command that it is indeed a branch (in `git --branch
> release_8_0`, release_8_0 could, in theory, be a tag). However, you are
> likely to correctly guess it is a branch, not a tag, since tags for release
> are most often mostly the numbers only, i.e., in format v8.0 or, as in our
> case, 8.0.
> D2) Scripts constructing the branch name from the version name will break,
> however it seems like a better practice to me in this case to parameterize
> the whole branch name and there needs to be likely other changes for v8 in
> these scripts anyway.
> Vaclav
> On Sun, Jun 6, 2021 at 2:41 AM Markus Neteler <neteler at osgeo.org> wrote:
>> Hi all,
>> The new 8.0.0alpha preview branch is ready:
>> https://github.com/OSGeo/grass/tree/previewbranch_8_0
>> Best,
>> Markus
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