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{{Note|'''Timeline''' (tentative)
* 2021-10-26 🚀 '''Release Kick-off''']
* 2022-xx-yy 1️⃣ First Release candidate '''7.0.90''' on https://alpha.gnu.org/gnu/octave/
* ...
* 2022-xx-yy 🏁 Final Release 🎉 '''7.1.0''' on https://ftp.gnu.org/gnu/octave/}}

:Please use <code>&lt;strike&gt; &lt;/strike&gt;</code> to mark items below as done.

== Kick-off ==

=== Update gnulib to latest version ===
:Completion Date:
:Must occur first as it could resolve existing, or create new, bug reports. You should run <code>./bootstrap</code> in the source tree after updating to the new gnulib version.

=== Call for bug reports ===
:Completion Date:
* Put out a general call for reports on maintainers@octave.org and help@octave.org for all outstanding unreported known bugs.

=== Review Savannah bug and patch tracker ===
:Completion Date:
* Review open bugs and update to correct category, such as "Patch submitted", correct title if necessary.

== One time tasks ==

=== GPL License activities ===
:Completion Date:
* Update copyright statements for all source controlled files.
* Update dates in any other locations (launch message, citation, MXE files, etc.).
* Add any new contributors to {{Path|doc/interpreter/contributors.in}} who wish to be mentioned (don't add them without permission).

=== Style-check code base ===
:Completion Date:
: This will produce lots of whitespace changes, but no behavior changes. '''Must occur after patches have been added''', since whitespace changes can prevent patches from applying.
* [[Octave style guide|m-file style check]]
* <strike> [[C++ style guide|C++ style check]] </strike>

=== Review documentation ===
:Completion Date:
* <strike> Grammar check documentation. </strike>
* <strike> Spell check documentation. </strike>
* <strike> Verify no functions missing from manual. </strike>
* <strike> Verify deprecated functions removed from "see also" links. </strike>
* <strike> Verify all formats (Info, HTML, PDF) build correctly. </strike>
* <strike> Review {{Path|NEWS}} for any features which should be announced. </strike>
* Review {{Path|__unimplemented__.m}} for the latest changes to [[Octave Forge]] packages and new Matlab functions.
* <strike> Update major version number in "@subtitle Edition XXX" in {{Path|octave.texi}}. </strike>
* <strike> Update {{Path|[https://hg.octave.org/mxe-octave/file/tip/installer-files/README.html installer-files/README.html]}} in MXE Octave with version highlights. </strike>

=== Call for translations ===
:Completion Date:
* <strike>Update language translation files (*.ts).</strike> ([http://hg.savannah.gnu.org/hgweb/octave/rev/2b78bc0ef3c5 Changeset])
* <strike>Create issue report on Savannah as a centralized location for uploading files.</strike> ([https://savannah.gnu.org/bugs/index.php?57490 Bug #57490])
* <strike>Call for translations for GUI strings on maintainers@octave.org.</strike> ([https://lists.gnu.org/archive/html/octave-maintainers/2019-12/msg00138.html Dec, 28 2019]) ([https://lists.gnu.org/archive/html/octave-maintainers/2020-01/msg00151.html Jan, 14 2020])
* Collect and push all translated files

== Repeat until all bugs are resolved ==
:Completion Date first iteration:

=== Current state at Savannah ===

The Savannah links are created by using the "Display criteria", "Browse with the Advanced query form and MULTIPLE selection" form.

{{Note|Visit https://octave.space/savannah to get an overview about open bugs for the next stable release.}}

* Bugs to be fixed
** [https://savannah.gnu.org/bugs/index.php?go_report=Apply&group=octave&func=browse&set=custom&msort=0&report_id=101&advsrch=1&status_id%5B%5D=1&resolution_id%5B%5D=100&resolution_id%5B%5D=1&resolution_id%5B%5D=102&resolution_id%5B%5D=103&resolution_id%5B%5D=10&resolution_id%5B%5D=9&resolution_id%5B%5D=4&resolution_id%5B%5D=11&resolution_id%5B%5D=8&resolution_id%5B%5D=6&resolution_id%5B%5D=7&resolution_id%5B%5D=2&submitted_by%5B%5D=0&assigned_to%5B%5D=0&category_id%5B%5D=100&category_id%5B%5D=110&category_id%5B%5D=101&category_id%5B%5D=102&category_id%5B%5D=104&category_id%5B%5D=105&category_id%5B%5D=106&category_id%5B%5D=107&category_id%5B%5D=103&category_id%5B%5D=114&category_id%5B%5D=112&category_id%5B%5D=109&bug_group_id%5B%5D=101&severity%5B%5D=0&priority%5B%5D=0&summary=&details=&sumORdet=0&history_search=0&history_field=0&history_event=modified&history_date_dayfd=10&history_date_monthfd=12&history_date_yearfd=2019&chunksz=50&spamscore=5&boxoptionwanted=1#options Bugs marked as Crash]
** [https://savannah.gnu.org/bugs/index.php?go_report=Apply&group=octave&func=browse&set=custom&msort=0&report_id=101&advsrch=1&status_id%5B%5D=1&resolution_id%5B%5D=100&resolution_id%5B%5D=1&resolution_id%5B%5D=102&resolution_id%5B%5D=103&resolution_id%5B%5D=10&resolution_id%5B%5D=9&resolution_id%5B%5D=4&resolution_id%5B%5D=11&resolution_id%5B%5D=8&resolution_id%5B%5D=6&resolution_id%5B%5D=7&resolution_id%5B%5D=2&submitted_by%5B%5D=0&assigned_to%5B%5D=0&category_id%5B%5D=103&bug_group_id%5B%5D=0&severity%5B%5D=0&priority%5B%5D=0&summary=&details=&sumORdet=0&history_search=0&history_field=0&history_event=modified&history_date_dayfd=10&history_date_monthfd=12&history_date_yearfd=2019&chunksz=50&spamscore=5&boxoptionwanted=1#options Bugs marked Configuration and Build System]
** [https://savannah.gnu.org/bugs/index.php?go_report=Apply&group=octave&func=browse&set=custom&msort=0&report_id=101&advsrch=1&status_id%5B%5D=1&resolution_id%5B%5D=100&resolution_id%5B%5D=1&resolution_id%5B%5D=102&resolution_id%5B%5D=103&resolution_id%5B%5D=10&resolution_id%5B%5D=9&resolution_id%5B%5D=4&resolution_id%5B%5D=11&resolution_id%5B%5D=8&resolution_id%5B%5D=6&resolution_id%5B%5D=7&resolution_id%5B%5D=2&submitted_by%5B%5D=0&assigned_to%5B%5D=0&category_id%5B%5D=100&category_id%5B%5D=110&category_id%5B%5D=101&category_id%5B%5D=102&category_id%5B%5D=104&category_id%5B%5D=105&category_id%5B%5D=106&category_id%5B%5D=107&category_id%5B%5D=103&category_id%5B%5D=114&category_id%5B%5D=112&category_id%5B%5D=109&bug_group_id%5B%5D=105&severity%5B%5D=0&priority%5B%5D=0&summary=&details=&sumORdet=0&history_search=0&history_field=0&history_event=modified&history_date_dayfd=10&history_date_monthfd=12&history_date_yearfd=2019&chunksz=50&spamscore=5&boxoptionwanted=1#options Bugs marked as Build Failure]
** [https://savannah.gnu.org/bugs/index.php?go_report=Apply&group=octave&func=browse&set=custom&msort=0&report_id=101&advsrch=1&status_id%5B%5D=1&resolution_id%5B%5D=100&resolution_id%5B%5D=1&resolution_id%5B%5D=102&resolution_id%5B%5D=103&resolution_id%5B%5D=10&resolution_id%5B%5D=9&resolution_id%5B%5D=4&resolution_id%5B%5D=11&resolution_id%5B%5D=8&resolution_id%5B%5D=6&resolution_id%5B%5D=7&resolution_id%5B%5D=2&submitted_by%5B%5D=0&assigned_to%5B%5D=0&category_id%5B%5D=100&category_id%5B%5D=110&category_id%5B%5D=101&category_id%5B%5D=102&category_id%5B%5D=104&category_id%5B%5D=105&category_id%5B%5D=106&category_id%5B%5D=107&category_id%5B%5D=103&category_id%5B%5D=114&category_id%5B%5D=112&category_id%5B%5D=109&bug_group_id%5B%5D=0&severity%5B%5D=7&severity%5B%5D=8&severity%5B%5D=9&priority%5B%5D=0&summary=&details=&sumORdet=0&history_search=0&history_field=0&history_event=modified&history_date_dayfd=10&history_date_monthfd=12&history_date_yearfd=2019&chunksz=50&spamscore=5&boxoptionwanted=1#options Bugs with severity >= 4]
** [https://savannah.gnu.org/bugs/index.php?go_report=Apply&group=octave&func=browse&set=custom&msort=0&report_id=101&advsrch=1&status_id%5B%5D=1&resolution_id%5B%5D=100&resolution_id%5B%5D=1&resolution_id%5B%5D=102&resolution_id%5B%5D=103&resolution_id%5B%5D=10&resolution_id%5B%5D=9&resolution_id%5B%5D=4&resolution_id%5B%5D=11&resolution_id%5B%5D=8&resolution_id%5B%5D=6&resolution_id%5B%5D=7&resolution_id%5B%5D=2&submitted_by%5B%5D=0&assigned_to%5B%5D=0&category_id%5B%5D=100&category_id%5B%5D=110&category_id%5B%5D=101&category_id%5B%5D=102&category_id%5B%5D=104&category_id%5B%5D=105&category_id%5B%5D=106&category_id%5B%5D=107&category_id%5B%5D=103&category_id%5B%5D=114&category_id%5B%5D=112&category_id%5B%5D=109&bug_group_id%5B%5D=111&severity%5B%5D=0&priority%5B%5D=0&summary=&details=&sumORdet=0&history_search=0&history_field=0&history_event=modified&history_date_dayfd=10&history_date_monthfd=12&history_date_yearfd=2019&chunksz=50&spamscore=5&boxoptionwanted=1#options Bugs marked as regressions]

* '''OPEN''' bugs marked as '''WON'T FIX''' are
** [https://savannah.gnu.org/bugs/index.php?go_report=Apply&group=octave&func=browse&set=custom&msort=0&report_id=101&advsrch=1&status_id%5B%5D=1&resolution_id%5B%5D=3&submitted_by%5B%5D=0&assigned_to%5B%5D=0&category_id%5B%5D=100&category_id%5B%5D=110&category_id%5B%5D=101&category_id%5B%5D=102&category_id%5B%5D=104&category_id%5B%5D=105&category_id%5B%5D=106&category_id%5B%5D=107&category_id%5B%5D=103&category_id%5B%5D=114&category_id%5B%5D=112&category_id%5B%5D=109&bug_group_id%5B%5D=0&severity%5B%5D=0&priority%5B%5D=0&summary=&details=&sumORdet=0&history_search=0&history_field=0&history_event=modified&history_date_dayfd=10&history_date_monthfd=12&history_date_yearfd=2019&chunksz=50&spamscore=5&boxoptionwanted=1#options Not fixed for Octave 6.1]

=== Merge submitted patches ===
* Push translations provided by translators.
* Push patches from Savannah.

==== Bug tracker ====
:* [https://savannah.gnu.org/bugs/index.php?go_report=Apply&group=octave&func=browse&set=custom&msort=0&report_id=101&advsrch=1&status_id%5B%5D=1&resolution_id%5B%5D=102&submitted_by%5B%5D=0&assigned_to%5B%5D=0&category_id%5B%5D=100&category_id%5B%5D=110&category_id%5B%5D=101&category_id%5B%5D=102&category_id%5B%5D=104&category_id%5B%5D=105&category_id%5B%5D=106&category_id%5B%5D=107&category_id%5B%5D=103&category_id%5B%5D=114&category_id%5B%5D=112&category_id%5B%5D=109&bug_group_id%5B%5D=0&severity%5B%5D=0&priority%5B%5D=0&summary=&details=&sumORdet=0&history_search=0&history_field=0&history_event=modified&history_date_dayfd=10&history_date_monthfd=12&history_date_yearfd=2019&chunksz=50&spamscore=5&boxoptionwanted=1#options Patch submitted]
:* [https://savannah.gnu.org/bugs/index.php?go_report=Apply&group=octave&func=browse&set=custom&msort=0&report_id=101&advsrch=1&status_id%5B%5D=1&resolution_id%5B%5D=103&submitted_by%5B%5D=0&assigned_to%5B%5D=0&category_id%5B%5D=100&category_id%5B%5D=110&category_id%5B%5D=101&category_id%5B%5D=102&category_id%5B%5D=104&category_id%5B%5D=105&category_id%5B%5D=106&category_id%5B%5D=107&category_id%5B%5D=103&category_id%5B%5D=114&category_id%5B%5D=112&category_id%5B%5D=109&bug_group_id%5B%5D=0&severity%5B%5D=0&priority%5B%5D=0&summary=&details=&sumORdet=0&history_search=0&history_field=0&history_event=modified&history_date_dayfd=10&history_date_monthfd=12&history_date_yearfd=2019&chunksz=50&spamscore=5&boxoptionwanted=1#options Patch reviewed]
:* [https://savannah.gnu.org/bugs/index.php?go_report=Apply&group=octave&func=browse&set=custom&msort=0&report_id=101&advsrch=1&status_id%5B%5D=1&resolution_id%5B%5D=10&submitted_by%5B%5D=0&assigned_to%5B%5D=0&category_id%5B%5D=100&category_id%5B%5D=110&category_id%5B%5D=101&category_id%5B%5D=102&category_id%5B%5D=104&category_id%5B%5D=105&category_id%5B%5D=106&category_id%5B%5D=107&category_id%5B%5D=103&category_id%5B%5D=114&category_id%5B%5D=112&category_id%5B%5D=109&bug_group_id%5B%5D=0&severity%5B%5D=0&priority%5B%5D=0&summary=&details=&sumORdet=0&history_search=0&history_field=0&history_event=modified&history_date_dayfd=10&history_date_monthfd=12&history_date_yearfd=2019&chunksz=50&spamscore=5&boxoptionwanted=1#options Ready for test]

==== Patch tracker ====
:* [https://savannah.gnu.org/patch/index.php?go_report=Apply&group=octave&func=browse&set=custom&msort=0&report_id=101&advsrch=1&status_id%5B%5D=1&resolution_id%5B%5D=100&resolution_id%5B%5D=10&resolution_id%5B%5D=9&resolution_id%5B%5D=8&resolution_id%5B%5D=101&assigned_to%5B%5D=0&category_id%5B%5D=100&category_id%5B%5D=101&category_id%5B%5D=102&category_id%5B%5D=103&priority%5B%5D=0&summary=&details=&sumORdet=0&history_search=0&history_field=0&history_event=modified&history_date_dayfd=18&history_date_monthfd=1&history_date_yearfd=2020&chunksz=50&spamscore=5&boxoptionwanted=1#options Patch submitted].

* '''OPEN''' items marked as '''POSTPONED''' are
** [https://savannah.gnu.org/patch/index.php?go_report=Apply&group=octave&func=browse&set=custom&msort=0&report_id=101&advsrch=1&status_id%5B%5D=1&resolution_id%5B%5D=4&assigned_to%5B%5D=0&category_id%5B%5D=100&category_id%5B%5D=101&category_id%5B%5D=102&category_id%5B%5D=103&priority%5B%5D=0&summary=&details=&sumORdet=0&history_search=0&history_field=0&history_event=modified&history_date_dayfd=9&history_date_monthfd=2&history_date_yearfd=2020&chunksz=50&spamscore=5&boxoptionwanted=1#options Not included for Octave 6.1].

=== <code>make check</code> ===
* Verify <code>make check</code> is passing on all [http://buildbot.octave.org:8010/#/waterfall buildbot combinations of OS and compilers].
* Compiling with <code>-fsanitize=undefined</code>, <code>--enable-address-sanitizer-flags</code> to check for memory leaks. Use other tools <code>cppcheck</code>, etc.
** Update PVS static analyzer results [[PVS static analyzer - 5.0 Release]].
* Start discussion on maintainers@octave.org about which failing tests that must be fixed and which can be declared '''WON'T FIX'''.

=== Create new release candidate ===
* Ensure correct [[#Versioning hints|version information]].
* Create hg tag in repository with release candidate version number.
* Verify <code>make distcheck</code> passes.
* Verify <code>make dist</code> works.
* Create [[Windows Installer]].
* Upload release candidates.
* Add release candidate version to Savannah bug tracker.
* Announce release candidate to maintainers@octave.org, help@octave.org mailing-list, on web page.

== Final Release ==

=== Update version information ===
:Completion Date:
* Ensure correct [[#Versioning hints|version information]].
* Create hg tag in repository with release version number.
* Update {{Path|NEWS}} (final release date).
* Update {{Path|CITATION}} (version, year, URL).
* Update {{Path|org.octave.Octave.appdata.xml}} (version number and release date).
* Update Savannah bug tracker version info.
* Update Savannah bug tracker: '''OPEN''' bugs marked as '''WON'T FIX''' should be marked as '''CONFIRMED''' (or more appropriate) for the final release.
* Remove release candidate versions from Savannah.

=== Announce final release ===
:Completion Date:
* Octave mailing-lists
* Octave web site (https://hg.octave.org/web-octave)
** Steps documented in [https://hg.octave.org/web-octave/rev/fe59d0118a2b this changeset].
** Upload documentation (manual HTML + PDF {{Path|octave.org/doc}} and version in {{Path|octave.org/.htaccess}}, Doxygen {{Path|octave.org/doxygen}})
* This wiki
** [[Template:Release]] = {{Release}}
** [[Template:Release Date]] = {{Release Date}}
** [[Template:Release Year]] = {{Release Year}}

== Post-Release ==
:Completion Date:
* Merge default onto stable to become the current stable release.
* Ensure correct [[#Versioning hints|version information]].
* Remove all deprecated functions (either <code>OCTAVE_DEPRECATED</code> in C++ or scripts/deprecated for m-files) scheduled for deletion in "default" branch.
* Move {{Path|NEWS}} file to backup in {{Path|etc/NEWS.X}}.
* Create new {{Path|NEWS}} file.

== Versioning hints ==

{{Note|Read [https://hg.savannah.gnu.org/hgweb/octave/file/tip/etc/HACKING.md <code>etc/HACKING.md</code>] carefully!!}}

* Update {{Path|configure.ac}}:
** <code>AC_INIT</code>
** <code>OCTAVE_API_VERSION</code>
** <code>OCTAVE_MAJOR/MINOR/PATCH_VERSION</code>
** <code>OCTAVE_RELEASE_DATE</code>
* Update libtool versioning:
** {{Path|liboctave/module.mk}} <code>%canon_reldir%_%canon_reldir%_current</code>
** {{Path|libinterp/module.mk}} <code>%canon_reldir%_liboctinterp_current</code>
** {{Path|libgui/module.mk}} <code>%canon_reldir%_liboctgui_current</code>

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