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   * [ ] There should also be a page for debian.org/releases/bookworm as there are some links to it.    * [ ] There should also be a page for debian.org/releases/bookworm as there are some links to it. [2021-01-22: pushed to git]

<!> This is a RM's TODO list, which might not be authoritative or complete.

The following things need to be done for the bullseye release:

Tagging RC Bugs

(./) At some point, we will have to tag the remaining RC bugs to filter what should be removed/deferred/fixed. It's possible to define our own sorting criteria by sending the following request to request@bugs.debian.org:

user release.debian.org@packages.debian.org
usercategory bullseye-sort
* bullseye [tag=]
 + Blockers for bullseye [bullseye-is-blocker]
 + Planned for removal [bullseye-will-remove]
 + Ignored for bullseye [bullseye-can-defer]

Then, usertagged bugs will be listed on:


Useful references about this feature are:

Before freeze

  • (./) Decide on a code name for <bullseye>+2

    • [ ] Get that included in BTS tags:
      • [ ] @gTags in /srv/bugs.debian.org/etc/config on bugs-master.debian.org [2020-01-22: requested by elbrus]
      • (./) bts_release_tags and bts_release_ignore_tags in webwml

    • (./) Edit wiki pages to add the new release: ReleaseParty DebianReleases DebianBullseye DebianBuster NewInBullseye Glossary

    • [ ] Edit/add deb.li pages to add the new release: relparty <RELEASENAME> get<RELEASENAME>

  • (./) Theme (artwork) design should be finalised and decided

  • [ ] Prepare the website changes
    • (./) Ensure that the following pages exist on debian.org/releases/bullseye

      • (./) index

      • (./) credits

      • (./) errata

      • (./) installmanual (requires installmanual is being built for bullseye as well)

      • (./) releasenotes (requires releasenotes is being built for bullseye as well)

      • (./) reportingbugs

    • [ ] There should also be a page for debian.org/releases/bookworm as there are some links to it. [2021-01-22: pushed to git]
    • [ ] The pages should say they are beta versions/not released etc. at this point
    • (./) Assert the architecture list is up to date (release.data), new ports should be available on https://debian.org/ports (ports/index.wml)

  • (./) Ensure that updates to the installation-guide appear on the website (d-i) [To avoid a repeat of <20170605233204.GB24136@mraw.org>]

  • (./) Ensure that updates to the release-notes appear on the website

  • (./) Decide on Release Architectures

  • [ ] Ensure image builds work for all release architectures
  • [ ] Generate and add release keys to debian-archive-keyring (see #860830 + #860831)
  • [ ] Have FTP masters create security + backports archive for upcoming release
    • [ ] Re Announcements: Remember to clarify that -backports is a read-only to the sake of assisting with upgrades.
    • [ ] Remember to add the ACL to the new stable-backports and oldstable-backports-sloppy suites
  • [ ] Coordinate with security team to do a test upload to -security to check if it builds correctly everywhere
    • [ ] also do an upload of a package that needs signing
  • [ ] Coordinate with backports team to do a test upload to -backports to check if it builds correctly everywhere
    • [ ] also do an upload of a package that needs signing
    • [ ] this will probably need NEW processing by backports admins
  • [ ] Have DSA upgrade a non-critical machine
    • [ ] Suggestions include: lindsay.debian.org (the host doing the lintian archive-wide run)
  • [ ] Have DSA upgrade a buildd for each architecture
    • [ ] Do a checklist for each architecture/buildd machine
  • [ ] Have DSA contact debian-services-admin to ask service maintainers to prepare their services for the new release (example mail)

    • [ ] and include how-can-i-help output for the package list from each debian.org machine

  • [ ] Coordinate plan for English review + translators of the release-notes, so everyone has time to do their work.
    • [ ] Some chapters can freeze before others (Notably, the "Issues" will want to stay open as long as possible)
    • [ ] Mail: debian-l10n-english@, debian-i18n@, debian-doc@. debian-release@
  • (./) Ensure that www/freeze-and-release-dates.yaml is up-to-date

Before a Release

  • [ ] binNMU everything that has a Built-Using header and is using old versions to remove old source packages from the release.
  • [ ] d-i should have (beta or even better rc) releases
  • [ ] Do at least one DVD making dry run with the right installer, to ensure that everything fits properly.
  • [ ] Install Guide should be up-to-date
  • [ ] ReleaseNotes need to be updated:

    • [ ] Check with Linux kernel team for specials with the Kernel

    • [ ] Check with d-i team for specials with this update (check esp. if old versions of d-i should be purged if new versions enter $suite's d-i area)
    • [ ] Check with Security Team for lower supported packages

  • [ ] Install & upgrade tests should reveal no undocumented (release notes, install guide) surprises

  • [ ] Coordinate a release date at least 3 weeks before - involved teams/roles:
    • [ ] Required
      • [ ] FTP-masters
      • [ ] SRMs (need to sign the Release file for "stable" that becomes "oldstable")
      • [ ] Image team / Install media team
      • [ ] Press (media coverage + sending the press announcement)
    • [ ] Optional or/and Vetoers:
      • [ ] d-i (optional for the day itself, but can veto the day - if d-i doesn't work, we cannot release)
      • [ ] DSA (optional, but good to have in case of issues)
  • [ ] Announce the release date on d-d-a, preferably coordinated with press@ / #d-publicity so they can do micronews
    • [ ] Ensure that the planned release date is added to debian.org/releases
    • [ ] Ensure that release.debian.org mentions the release date under "Key release dates"
    • [ ] Add release dates and relevant deadlines to the release calendar.
    • [ ] Ensure that www/freeze-and-release-dates.yaml is up-to-date
  • [ ] Website:
    • [ ] Have a patch ready for template/debian/release_info.wml to update
  • [ ] Notify the Security Team of an upcoming Release

  • [ ] Notify the Debian CD team of an upcoming Release

  • [ ] Notify the DebianLive Team of an upcoming Release

  • [ ] Notify the Mirror team of an upcoming Release
  • [ ] Notify the publicity team of an upcoming Release

  • [ ] Prepare press release

    • [ ] coordinate with d-i team for text for d-i changes
  • [ ] Prepare the wiki changes

While Releasing

  • Mention things that are happening on IRC so the publicity team can relay to social media

  • Check with the FTP-Masters
    • d-i needs to be moved
    • new win32-loader?
    • cleanup of $bullseye-proposed-updates and $bullseye-security
    • stable-updates needs its suite name hack updated to oldstable-updates
    • debtags need to be copied from unstable
  • Check /srv/ftp-master.debian.org/ftp/dists/$bullseye/ChangeLog
  • Check if /srv/ftp.debian.org/ftp/README was updated.
  • Sign the release file
  • Check that everything that should be released really was released
  • Notify debian-security as people tend to cry occasionally

  • Notify the Publicity Team, that Release is done (tell them when the Release will be pushed out)
  • Notify the Debian CD Team that the Release is done

  • Notify the DebianLive Team that the Release is done

  • Update the website
  • Notify the Debian WWW team that the Release is done and is time to update the website
    • Ask www team to update english/releases/
    • Ask service owner to update packages.debian.org search interface (default to new stable release)
    • Ask publicity team to publish Release Announcement in website news area
    • Ask www team to force website update
    • Check afer update the website to make sure that it refers to new stable in release pages

  • Update Wiki:
  • Watch mailing-lists for abnormalities
  • Backup/flush hint files.
  • Update release.debian.org/{oldoldstable,oldstable,stable,testing} symlinks; create the new suite for testing as a copy of stable and edit

After the release

Before enabling Britney and removing freeze hints

  • Ensure that the BTS knows that testing has changed (to stop RC bugs regressions from migrating to testing)
  • Ensure other data sources give information about the new testing
  • Ensure dinstall run smoothly
  • ...