- Release Process
- The release cycle
- Steps for a release
- 1. Make sure our tests are all green
- 2. Verify drupal-org.make
- 3. Generating the release notes
- 4. Running the release.sh script
- 5. Test the manual install in Jenkins
- 6. Build the Debian packages
- 7. Creating release nodes on Drupal.org
- 8. Test the upgrade in Jenkins
- 9. Manually test install and upgrade
- 10. Publish the Debian packages
- 11. Publish the release notes widely
- 12. Re-enable the debian dev build job
This page aims to document our release process. It documents the release cycle, but also the steps required to make a release.
The release cycle
In general, each major Aegir release comprises a simultaneous release of all the modules that are part of the project. We generally go through several testing releases (alphas, betas & RCs) before doing the first stable release on a branch.
- First an alpha is released to test new functionalities and to accomplish the goals decided in the project roadmap for that major version. Example:
- When we have covered most of the functionalities outlined in the roadmap, we push out beta releases until no more critical issues show up. This is generally considered a soft feature freeze. Example:
- Then we go into full feature freeze and release a first release candidate (RC). Then a stable release branch is created, and the development branch is kept opened for development for the next stable release. This is generally considered a soft API freeze. Release candidates are made as long as critical bugs are found. Example:
- Once the development branch has no known critical bugs, the stable release is announced. From there on only critical fixes (security, critical performance and critical bugfixes) are committed to the stable branch, and stable releases are published (without alpha/beta/RC) directly on the stable branch. The stable branch is in full API freeze. New features are generally committed to the development branch.
Steps for a release
1. Make sure our tests are all green
1.1 Disable Debian dev builds
It is important to disable the Jenkins job named D_aegir-debian-build-3x. This prevents later troubles in the Publish the Debian packages section. Otherwise a dev package may be built after the stable one, but before it has been promoted to the
stable repositories. As this will have a higher version number, it would take precedence when publishing to the
2. Verify drupal-org.make
In the hostmaster project we maintain our own drupal-org.make file. Verify that drupal-org.make specifies up-to-date versions. Check that e.g. the ctools version specified is not out-dated.
3. Generating the release notes
We build complete release notes for every release. Those are made up of a summary of the release, an outline of key changes, of known issues, install and upgrade instructions and a full list of bugfixes and new features. As we have a number of Drupal.org projects to cover we try to centralize our release notes combined with the documentation. Published under the release notes section. On Drupal.org we add a link to the version specific release notes page on the release nodes for all projects we cover.
drush rn --baseurl=https://www.drupal.org/ --md 7.x-3.3 HEAD
or after placing the tags
drush rn --baseurl=https://www.drupal.org/ --md 7.x-3.3 7.x-3.4
This is done for the different git projects. Changing the first line to add 'to $name'. The developers then proceed to format/edit the list of fixes as well as list other significant information/changes for this release. These notes end up becoming the Release Notes for the release.
4. Running the release.sh script
Each time we make a new release, we run a script called
release.sh in provision. This script does all the 'hard' work in that it doesn't forget all the very many places to edit version numbers etc of relevant documentation and other scripts. This includes install.sh.txt and upgrade.sh.txt.
Paraphrasing from the script itself:
$ ./release.sh 3.4 Aegir release script ==================== This script should only be used by the core dev team when doing an official release. If you are not one of those people, you probably shouldn't be running this. This script is going to modify the configs and documentation to release 7.x-3.7. The following operations will be done: 0. prompt you for a debian/changelog entry 1. change the makefile to download tarball 2. change the upgrade.sh.txt version 3. display the resulting diff 4. commit those changes to git 5. lay down the tag 6. revert the commit 7. clone fresh copies of hosting/hostmaster and eldir to lay down the tag 8. (optionally) push those changes 9. clone fresh copies of golden contrib to lay down the tag 10. (optionally) push those changes ARE YOU SURE you disabled the D_aegir-debian-build-3x job in Jenkins? The operation can be aborted before step 8. Don't forget that as long as changes are not pushed upstream, this can all be reverted (see git-reset(1) and git-revert(1) ).
Notice how we just provide the Aegir release number (
3.4) to the release script, not the Drupal branch (
7.x), which is hardcoded in the script to remove potential confusion.
5. Test the manual install in Jenkins
Before making a full release, test the release in Jenkins. To do so, start a build of the P_Aegir_Puppet_Module_functional_test_Aegir3-dev-Drush8 job. Similar job exist for Drush7 and Drush6
If any of these builds fail, delete the remote tags (using
git push origin :7.x-3.4, for example), fix the bugs and start again.
6. Build the Debian packages
Build the package and upload to http://debian.aegirproject.org/. Jenkins can build and upload a Debian package for you with the S_aegir-debian-official-3.x job. Enter the latest tag in the
JENKINS_AEGIR_TAG field (e.g.
If you need to move the tags again, you will need to clear the testing archive using the R clear repo job, with the testing argument.
You can also build and upload the package yourself as explained in these detailed instructions. We first upload the package to the
testing distribution, and it gets migrated down into
stable after tests.
6.1 Fix Debian packages only
When there's a bug in the Debian packaging itself we can do a minor package version update. USE WITH CARE!
cd <provision source> <Fix> git commit git tag <previous version tag>.1 git push --tags
TODO: We also need to update version numbers(as release.sh does), but only for provision. Maybe the script can get an option for it...
We don't create a release node on Drupal.org, just run the S_aegir-debian-official-3.x job job. And publish as listed below.
7. Creating release nodes on Drupal.org
Once the tags are pushed and release notes published, we create a release node with an excerpt of (and a link to) the release notes so that tarballs are created and issue queue versions updated.
Using the template (change the version number):
See the full release notes at: http://docs.aegirproject.org/en/3.x/release-notes/3.7/
This needs to be done in the provision and hosting and (maybe) eldir projects on Drupal.org. And for Golden Contrib... hosting_civicrm, hosting_git, hosting_remote_import, hosting_site_backup_manager and hosting_tasks_extra
WAIT.... And after those are fully build... in the hostmaster project.
Note: this could be automated with the right stuff on Drupal.org.
8. Test the upgrade in Jenkins
Once all release nodes have been created you can test the upgrade of the Debian packages by running the following Jenkins job:
9. Manually test install and upgrade
If the Jenkins tests are disabled in one of the early steps, you should test the install and upgrade to the new version in a local VM. (Vagrant is very useful for this, the provision repo has a Vagrantfile.)
At this point, the unstable repo actually contains the future stable version (ie 3.1 instead of 3.1-dev-abc). Check that it actually does: http://debian.aegirproject.org/dists/unstable/main/binary-amd64/Packages
To test the install, just use the instructions on http://www.aegirproject.org but replace "stable" by "unstable". You should end up with a stable version.
To test the upgrade, create a new VM, install normally with the aegirproject.org instructions, then replace stable by unstable in your lists (/etc/apt/), and run
apt-get update && apt-get upgrade
It should ask you if you want to upgrade Aegir3. Say yes and make sure there are no errors.
If you don't encounter errors in this procedure, you're good to go.
9.1. Quick test VMs
You can use an Vagrant base box to quickly test the install and upgrade. Some such boxes are optimized for Aegir development and testing:
- Debian VirtualBox: PraxisLabs/jessie64-aegir3-dev.box
(Please add your base box to the list if relevant.)
10. Publish the Debian packages
Finally, when the Debian packages are tested you will need to pull them into the stable release channel:
We pull to stable (since the betas), manually:
ssh firstname.lastname@example.org sudo su - reprepro reprepro@zeus:~$ reprepro copy stable unstable aegir3 reprepro copy stable unstable aegir3-hostmaster reprepro copy stable unstable aegir3-provision reprepro copy stable unstable aegir3-cluster-slave
If Jenkins has managed to build .debs and upload them before you've have a chance to pull them into testing/stable, you can manually remove them like so:
reprepro remove unstable aegir3-cluster-slave aegir3 aegir3-provision aegir3-hostmaster
This should be prevented by disabling the Jenkins jobs named
D_aegir-debian* before starting to push the release tags.
You can then re-upload the new .debs you've generated, using the '-f' (force) flag:
dput -f aegir build-area/aegir2-provision_2.3_amd64.changes
After doing that, you can re-run the 'copy' commands to publish the .debs to the appropriate releases.
11. Publish the release notes widely
Once all this is done and the tarballs are generated, the release notes are published in:
- The docs
- Update the upgrade.sh link in the documentation
- The topic of the IRC channel
- The aegir-announce mailing list (email@example.com.)
- Twitter as @aegirproject
- Template: "#aegir 3.? released! Release notes at http://docs.aegirproject.org/en/3.x/release-notes/3.?/"
12. Re-enable the debian dev build job
The job that was disabled in section 2.1.1 can now be enabled again.