[GRASS-dev] [release planning] GRASS GIS 8.0.0

Vaclav Petras wenzeslaus at gmail.com
Wed Jan 12 07:51:54 PST 2022

On Tue, Jan 11, 2022 at 12:52 PM Veronica Andreo <veroandreo at gmail.com>
> El dom, 9 ene 2022 a las 16:36, Markus Neteler (<neteler at osgeo.org>)
>> Can we now publish "final" or do we still need a RC2?
> With no blockers, I'd be in favor of publishing final already :)
> Is there any "policy" regarding the number of RC's before final?

Traditionally, I think we did 2 RCs, but since we are releasing from a
("stable") branch rather than the main (development) branch, one could
argue we don't need any RCs at all. Perhaps 8.0.0 and all x.0.0 would be an
exception requiring one RC since the branch is new(ly created from the main
branch). We have a RFC with two RCs [1], but I think since then we
considered reducing that (I can't find the wiki page with the notes).

[1] https://trac.osgeo.org/grass/wiki/RFC/4_ReleaseProcedure

On Tue, Jan 11, 2022 at 1:39 PM Newcomb, Doug via grass-dev <
grass-dev at lists.osgeo.org> wrote:
> There may be some work to be done on the Windows standalone installer yet.

At the New Year's call, we discussed a little bit that with a release, we
may focus on the source code readiness for a release, but more or less
ignore the distribution of the software. In other words, we would leave out
the complexities of distributing the software from the event of tagging the
source code with a release tag. On the other hand, the Windows installer
code lives in the main source code, so as a result any changes may trigger
a new patch release if we ignore the standalone installer when tagging. In
any case, small issues in the installer are not blockers of the release.

In an ideal world, the Windows installer is built automatically based on
the event of tagging the release and the same happens for each commit on
the branch for testing purposes. This can be achieved with the installer
code in the main repo or in the separate repo in case a separate repo would
clear up some issues with releasing.

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