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From "Arun C Murthy (JIRA)" <j...@apache.org>
Subject [jira] Commented: (HADOOP-1161) need improved release process
Date Tue, 27 Mar 2007 18:43:32 GMT

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Arun C Murthy commented on HADOOP-1161:
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>The alternative is to simply to stall patches that add new features until the release
is complete. 
>When we have more active committers this should become easier to manage. 

My sympathies. 
I'd vote for the stalling patches - though I understand it places a artificial roadblock on
how quickly new features can be developed. Sigh.

> However, this doesn't work well if there are conflicts, and the person doing the merge
isn't familiar with the patch in question. Sigh. 

Necessary evil side-effect, no?

As an aside, +1 for Tom's suggestion to just look around other projects (lucene, jira, etc.)
for ideas? Anyone?

> need improved release process
> -----------------------------
>
>                 Key: HADOOP-1161
>                 URL: https://issues.apache.org/jira/browse/HADOOP-1161
>             Project: Hadoop
>          Issue Type: Improvement
>          Components: build
>            Reporter: Doug Cutting
>             Fix For: 0.13.0
>
>
> Hadoop's release process needs improvement.  We should better ensure that releases are
stable, not releasing versions that have not been proven stable on large clusters, and we
should better observe Apache's release procedures.  Once agreed on, this process should be
documented in http://wiki.apache.org/lucene-hadoop/HowToRelease.
> Here's a proposal:
> . candidate release builds should be placed in lucene.apache.org/hadoop/dev/dist
> . candidate artifacts should be accompanied by a md5 and pgp signatures
> . a 72-hour vote for the release artifact should be called on hadoop-dev.
> . 3 binding +1 votes and a majority are required
> . if the vote passes, the release can then posted to www.apache.org/dist/lucene/hadoop
for mirroring
> This would bring us into accord with Apache's requirements, and better permit large-cluster
validation.
> We should also build consensus for a release before we commence this process.  Perhaps
we should aim for releases every two months instead of every month.  We should perhaps develop
more elaborate branching and merging conventions around releases.  Currently we mostly lock-out
changes intended for release X+1 from trunk until release X is complete, which can be awkward.
 How can we better manage that?

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