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From Mark Thomas <ma...@apache.org>
Subject Re: Frequency of Tomcat Native releases
Date Fri, 02 Oct 2015 22:15:39 GMT
On 02/10/2015 19:01, Justin wrote:
> Can we see more frequent releases of Tomcat Native, especially since
> it statically links OpenSSL on Windows? I was hoping to see a new
> release included in Tomcat 8.0.27. There have been a number of
> changes to both Tomcat Native 1.1.x and OpenSSL 1.0.2. 
> http://svn.apache.org/viewvc/tomcat/native/branches/1.1.x/?view=log 
> https://github.com/openssl/openssl/commits/OpenSSL_1_0_2-stable

I've done the last few tc-native releases because they reached the point
where they really needed to happen. tc-native isn't my area of expertise
so I'd be more than happy to see someone else take this on.

More frequent releases are certainly possible and very much the way we
should be aiming to do things as an Apache project. "Release early and
release often" is the goal.

What contribution are you (or anyone else reading this) willing/able to
make to help this process along?

The tc-native release process is documented (ish) here:
http://svn.apache.org/viewvc/tomcat/native/branches/1.1.x/jnirelease.sh?view=annotate

and

https://cwiki.apache.org/confluence/display/TOMCAT/Building+the+Tomcat+Native+Connector+binaries+for+Windows

Off the top of my head things that need to be done / checked:

- ensure the changelog is up to date
- versions all correct in source
- select and document APR & OpenSSL versions
- check everything builds correctly

Confirmation that any of the above is ready to go or patches to fix
things if there are gaps will move a release forward.

I can find the time to apply patches and turn the handle on the release
if others can do the work to ensure that svn is in a good state to release.

It is a fairly safe bet that anyone helping out substantially on the
release is going to find themselves with an invitation to become a
Tomcat committer and the RM for the next release.

Mark

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