6.3 Release Checklist

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Timeline (tentative)
Please use <strike> </strike> to mark items below as done.

Kick-off

=== Update gnulib to latest version ===

Should we make this change for the minor releases? Ugh, NO; Only if absolutely necessary as this could cause significant changes in behavior.

Bugs that should be fixed before the release

https://octave.space/savannah/?Action=get&Format=HTMLCSS&ItemID=56952,57557,59735,60209,59729,60174,60531,60471,60470

Review documentation

The following is all we should need to do for a minor release.

  • Grammar check documentation.
  • Spell check documentation.
  • Verify all formats (Info, HTML, PDF) build correctly.
  • Review NEWS for any features which should be announced.

=== Call for translations ===

Is this job normally done for minor releases? NO, not normally done

It not, we can remove this section? YES, I used strikethrough to indicate we don't need to do anything while leaving these comments in place

  • Update language translation files (*.ts). (link here when available)
  • Create issue report on Savannah as a centralized location for uploading files. (link here when available)
  • Call for translations for GUI strings on discourse. (link here when available)
  • Collect and push all translated files

make check

  • Verify make check is passing on all buildbot combinations of OS and compilers.
  • Compiling with -fsanitize=undefined, --enable-address-sanitizer-flags to check for memory leaks. Use other tools cppcheck, etc.

Create new release candidate

  • Ensure correct version information.
  • Create hg tag in repository with release candidate version number.
  • Verify make distcheck passes.
  • Verify make dist works.
  • Create Windows Installer.
  • Upload release candidates.
  • Add release candidate version to Savannah bug tracker.
  • Announce release candidate to discourse.

Final Release

Update version information

  • Ensure correct version information.
  • Create hg tag in repository with release version number.
  • Update NEWS (final release date).
  • Update CITATION (version, year, URL).
  • Update 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

Post-Release

  • Update version info in configure.ac on stable branch and merge with default version information.

Versioning hints

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Read etc/HACKING.md carefully!!
  • Update configure.ac:
    • AC_INIT
    • OCTAVE_API_VERSION
    • OCTAVE_MAJOR/MINOR/PATCH_VERSION
    • OCTAVE_RELEASE_DATE
  • Update libtool versioning:
    • liboctave/module.mk %canon_reldir%_%canon_reldir%_current
    • libinterp/module.mk %canon_reldir%_liboctinterp_current
    • libgui/module.mk %canon_reldir%_liboctgui_current