Idea: entries in UPDATING for each release

Warren Block wblock at
Wed Sep 29 00:30:07 UTC 2010

On Tue, 28 Sep 2010, Wesley Shields wrote:

> On Tue, Sep 28, 2010 at 12:07:08PM -0600, Warren Block wrote:
>> Right now, people who install ports from a -release CD and then start
>> upgrading don't have a clear marker for how far back to go in UPDATING.
>> A simple entry would be enough:
>>    20100703:
>>      AFFECTS:
>>      AUTHOR:
>>      FreeBSD 8.1-RELEASE
>> Not sure what AFFECTS should say.  There might be other useful
>> information that could be included in the note.  Comments?
> I'm certainly not opposed to the idea but what exactly do we use for a
> date? When the tree is tagged? When the release media is finalized and
> published to mirrors? What about tag slippage? Do we account for that?

It's probably not too critical as long as the note is before the 
post-release thaw and subsequent major updates.

The existing UPDATING around the time of 8.1-RELEASE has entries for 
20100626 and then 20100715.  It was eleven days after 8.1-RELEASE that 
the next note was added, so at least for that example, timing isn't very 

> If the only goal is to get a rough idea of when a release was cut then
> either when the tree is tagged or when the media is pushed out to
> mirrors is probably sufficient.

Sounds fine.

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