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From Rick Hillegas <Richard.Hille...@Sun.COM>
Subject Re: What is a beta build?
Date Fri, 14 Mar 2008 15:03:54 GMT
Hi Dyre,

I believe that the best distribution would be a release candidate with 
the beta bit turned on. The snapshot machinery creates distributions 
which don't include the user guides--at least that's how snapshots used 
to work. I think that a beta test should verify that the release behaves 
the way that the user guides say it should--so I would recommend 
building a full candidate.

In general, the closer the beta is to a real release, the more feedback 
you will get during the beta test. That  should reduce the number of 
release candidates you have to build later on.

Hope this helps,

Dyre.Tjeldvoll@Sun.COM wrote:
> I'm getting ready to upload a beta build of the 10.4 release to
> people.apache.org, but I'm a bit unsure about exactly what I should
> upload. 
> Initally I thought that building a snapshot (as described here
> http://wiki.apache.org/db-derby/DerbySnapshotOrRelease#head-ca6374d27cdfcc7180a5c6d88505574d049bdc18
> ) was the right thing to do, but now I'm wondering if it rather should be as
> close to a release candidate as possible, but without the beta flag?
> When I look at the instructions for building a snapshot vs building a
> release, the only difference I see is that for the RC you also do
> 'ant publishedapi' and 'ant sign'
> For a release candidate the instructions tell you to "copy the files
> from tools/release to your public_html directory on people.apache.org."
> Is this true for a beta build as well? 
Yes, please.
> I noticed that after running 'ant snapshot' I have a top-level directory
> called snapshot containing the following:
> -rw-r-----   1 clustra  9956184 Mar 14 11:20 db-derby-snapshot-
> -rw-r-----   1 clustra  10148714 Mar 14 11:20 db-derby-snapshot-
> -rw-r-----   1 clustra  11360730 Mar 14 11:20 db-derby-snapshot-debug-
> -rw-r-----   1 clustra  11551758 Mar 14 11:20 db-derby-snapshot-debug-
> -rw-r-----   1 clustra  3090051 Mar 14 11:20 derby_core_plugin_10.4.1.637024.zip
> -rw-r-----   1 clustra       50 Mar 14 11:20 maintversion.properties
> is this sufficient for a beta build?
> I tried searching the mail archives to see what was done for previous
> releases and I found emails containing urls to directories holding
> beta builds, but those directories were all long gone. So I don't know
> what they once contained...
> Any advice here would be much appreciated.
> Thanks,

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