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Mark Abraham, 06/12/2018 04:02 PM

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h1. Release checklist
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* add new redmine version targets
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* bump bugs that won't get fixed in time to next version (or untag a version number)
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* merge in appropriate branches from earlier releases
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* announce release schedule - give devs a week or two to fix things they intended to fix, provide links to gerrit and redmine pages for that branch/version
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* bump shared object minor version for point releases
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* consider bumping shared object major version for point releases - see cmake/gmxVersionInfo.cmake for policy
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* check for new GROMACS papers that should be mentioned in source and manual
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* run release workflow a few days in advance to check things work - this also builds the tarball correctly, when the RELEASE checkbox is ticked, which we need for updating the REGRESSIONTEST_MD5SUM in cmake/gmxVersionInfo.cmake - TODO automate this along the lines of the regressiontests auto-builder
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* Mark get that script out: upload source tarball to FTP site, give correct permissions, check link works.
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* update News on front of GROMACS web page - http://www.gromacs.org/
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* TODO make notes of what goes into this commit and the one that follows the tagged commit - tag the commit from which the tarball was made, and do explicit upload to gerrit.gromacs.org repo, also update REGRESSIONTEST_BRANCH if needed (major release), sometimes bump GMX_VERSION_* variables
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* once the gerrit change is submitted and the release email sent, make tag of the correct form in local repo
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* bump version in cmake/gmxVersionInfo.cmake in the commit following the tag.
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* add new stub file for release notes for next version, and entry in index.rst
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* git push --tags to gerrit repo
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* later, check tags propagate to gromacs and github
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* post on gmx-users and gmx-announce.
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* post on Google+ and Facebook pages
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* thank gmx-developers
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* bump/close/update open redmine issues
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* close completed redmine versions
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* beer
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TODO some recent examples of post-release emails