Robert Watson rwatson at FreeBSD.org
Fri Aug 14 13:50:39 UTC 2009

On Thu, 13 Aug 2009, Andreas Tobler wrote:

> for the record, am I correct that the upcoming 8.0 branch is like this:
> svn ls svn://svn.freebsd.org/base/stable/ .. 8/ ?
> And not under 'releng'?
> I'm a bit confused about naming conventions, releng vs. stable. I have no 
> problem with either, but which one is the one to be used for BETA-3/RC?
> Is head becoming 9.0 soon?

Existing documentation about branch naming (-CURRENT, -STABLE, -RELEASE, etc) 
remains essentially valid.  The primary change of note is that in Subversion, 
we now include "stable" in the branch name for -STABLE branches, rather than 
using "releng" for that as well.  The following should apply:

base/head			- -CURRENT
base/stable/X			- X-STABLE branches
base/releng/X.Y			- X.Y release engineering branches
base/release/X.Y.Z		- X.Y.Z release tag

stable/8 has been created, but neither releng/8.0 nor release/8.0.0 have been 

Because the release process involves some non-atomic windows, things are 
currently potentially confusing -- uname -a on head and stable/8 both report 
BETA2, and the two branches are being kept in lock-step in the lead-up to 
BETA3, after which point the brannches will diverge.  I'm not quite sure when 
head will start calling itself 9-CURRENT, but probably pretty soon.

Robert N M Watson
Computer Laboratory
University of Cambridge

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