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   * Update these wiki pages (coordinated with ReleaseNotes's editor): FrontPage DebianReleases DebianReleases/PointReleases DebianStable DebianOldStable [[Status/Stable]] StableUpdates StableProposedUpdates [[Backports]] [[Welcome/Users]] [[Glossary]] [[Debian<RELEASENAME>]] [[Debian<RELEASENAME-1>]] [[Debian<RELEASENAME+1>]] ReleaseParty [[ReleaseParty<RELEASENAME>]] [[ReleaseParty<RELEASENAME+1>]] [[DebianArt/Themes]] [[DebianDesktop/Artwork]] [[DebianDesktop/Artwork/<RELEASENAME+1>]] [[ArchiveQualification/<RELEASENAME+1>]] [[Teams/DebianCD/ReleaseTesting]] [[Teams/Dpkg/FAQ]]    * Update these wiki pages (coordinated with ReleaseNotes's editor): FrontPage DebianReleases DebianReleases/PointReleases DebianTesting DebianStable DebianOldStable [[Status/Stable]] StableUpdates StableProposedUpdates [[Backports]] [[Welcome/Users]] [[Glossary]] [[Debian<RELEASENAME>]] [[Debian<RELEASENAME-1>]] [[Debian<RELEASENAME+1>]] ReleaseParty [[ReleaseParty<RELEASENAME>]] [[ReleaseParty<RELEASENAME+1>]] [[DebianArt/Themes]] [[DebianDesktop/Artwork]] [[DebianDesktop/Artwork/<RELEASENAME+1>]] [[ArchiveQualification/<RELEASENAME+1>]] [[Teams/DebianCD/ReleaseTesting]] [[Teams/Dpkg/FAQ]]

<!> This is template of the RM's TODO list, which might not be authorative or complete.

The following things need to be done for a 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 control@bugs.debian.org:

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

Then, usertagged bugs will be listed on:


Useful references about this feature are:

Before freeze

  • Decide on a code name for <codename>+2

    • Get that included in BTS tags:
      • @gTags in /srv/bugs.debian.org/etc/config on bugs-master.debian.org
      • bts_release_tags and bts_release_ignore_tags in webwml

    • Edit wiki pages to add the new release: ReleaseParty DebianReleases Debian<RELEASENAME> Debian<RELEASENAME-1> 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/<RELEASENAME>

      • index
      • credits
      • errata
      • installmanual (requires installmanual is being built for RELEASE as well)
      • releasenotes (requires releasenotes is being built for RELEASE as well)
      • reportingbugs
    • There should also be a page for debian.org/releases/<RELEASENAME+1> as there are some links to it.

    • 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.
  • Check with security team and backports team that it is possible to build uploads for -security and -backports
  • 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@

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.
  • 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 the Release

  • 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 $codename-proposed-updates and $codename-security
    • stable-updates needs its suite name hack updated to oldstable-updates
    • debtags need to be copied from unstable
  • Check /srv/ftp-master.debian.org/ftp/dists/$codename/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