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From Sean Owen <>
Subject Re: 2.1.2 maintenance release?
Date Tue, 12 Sep 2017 09:29:25 GMT
I think you could just dive in to the steps at and see how far you get before
you need assistance to execute steps like tagging and publishing artifacts.

I think a secondary goal of this process is to update and expand those
release documents, as a fresh set of eyes inevitably sees points that need
clarification and that aren't obvious to people who haven't run this
process before.

Some of this is already done: no need for a new branch, all 2.1.2 issues
are resolved, branch already set to 2.1.2-SNAPSHOT. (Here's an example: the
docs don't note that the spark-build-info script auto-updates the string
that is used by the Spark REPL string.)

The first area where you might need help or additional access is the bit
about Jenkins jobs that cut release candidates automatically. It'd be good
to add any notes about how that works here, too, for posterity.

Which jobs are these and who could help set one up to cut 2.1.2 RC1?

On Mon, Sep 11, 2017 at 7:41 AM Holden Karau <> wrote:

> So I think the consensus is that their is interest in having a few
> maintenance releases. I'm happy to act as the RM. I think the next step is
> seeing who the PMC wants as the RM for these (and if people are OK with me
> I'll start updating my self on the docs, open JIRAs, and relevant Jenkins
> jobs for packaging).
> On Sun, Sep 10, 2017 at 11:31 PM, Felix Cheung <>
> wrote:
>> Hi - what are the next steps?
>> Pending changes are pushed and checked that there is no open JIRA
>> targeting 2.1.2 and 2.2.1
>> _____________________________
>> From: Reynold Xin <>
>> Sent: Friday, September 8, 2017 9:27 AM
>> Subject: Re: 2.1.2 maintenance release?
>> To: Felix Cheung <>, Holden Karau <
>>>, Sean Owen <>, dev <
>> +1 as well. We should make a few maintenance releases.
>> On Fri, Sep 8, 2017 at 6:46 PM Felix Cheung <>
>> wrote:
>>> +1 on both 2.1.2 and 2.2.1
>>> And would try to help and/or wrangle the release if needed.
>>> (Note: trying to backport a few changes to branch-2.1 right now)
>>> ------------------------------
>>> *From:* Sean Owen <>
>>> *Sent:* Friday, September 8, 2017 12:05:28 AM
>>> *To:* Holden Karau; dev
>>> *Subject:* Re: 2.1.2 maintenance release?
>>> Let's look at the standard ASF guidance, which actually surprised me
>>> when I first read it:
>>> Votes on whether a package is ready to be released use majority approval
>>> -- i.e. at least three PMC members must vote affirmatively for release, and
>>> there must be more positive than negative votes. Releases may not be
>>> vetoed. Generally the community will cancel the release vote if anyone
>>> identifies serious problems, but in most cases the ultimate decision, lies
>>> with the individual serving as release manager. The specifics of the
>>> process may vary from project to project, but the 'minimum quorum of three
>>> +1 votes' rule is universal.
>>> PMC votes on it, but no vetoes allowed, and the release manager makes
>>> the final call. Not your usual vote! doesn't say the release manager has to
>>> be part of the PMC though it's the role with most decision power. In
>>> practice I can't imagine it's a problem, but we could also just have
>>> someone on the PMC technically be the release manager even as someone else
>>> is really operating the release.
>>> The goal is, really, to be able to put out maintenance releases with
>>> important fixes. Secondly, to ramp up one or more additional people to
>>> perform the release steps. Maintenance releases ought to be the least
>>> controversial releases to decide.
>>> Thoughts on kicking off a release for 2.1.2 to see how it goes?
>>> Although someone can just start following the steps, I think it will
>>> certainly require some help from Michael, who's run the last release, to
>>> clarify parts of the process or possibly provide an essential credential to
>>> upload artifacts.
>>> On Thu, Sep 7, 2017 at 11:59 PM Holden Karau <>
>>> wrote:
>>>> I'd be happy to manage the 2.1.2 maintenance release (and 2.2.1 after
>>>> that) if people are ok with a committer / me running the release process
>>>> rather than a full PMC member.
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