CURRENT vs. STABLE vs. RELEASE, tags and branches [was: Re: That
age old question again]
keramida at ceid.upatras.gr
Mon Mar 17 01:21:47 UTC 2008
On 2008-03-17 09:18, Robert Chalmers <robert.a.chalmers at gmail.com> wrote:
> Not quite but close.
> On the front page of FreeBSD.org, is the download links for
> LATEST RELEASES
> a.. Production Release 7.0
> Which I'm assuming is the latest, and commercially useable version.
> Now I still find the situation of CURRENT, STABLE as they relate to RELEASE
> slightly confusing, and no amount of description seems to clear it up.
> Ok, I understand CURRENT is developmental, and becomes the next major
> version as stated below. So the next major version is the one on the
> website? Release 7.0 - or, 7.0-RELEASE ...yes/no?
> Then 7.0-STABLE continues the work to be the bugfix/security blah blah tree.
> The question I have is: For the Production Release shown above -
> 7.0-RELEASE, what is the cvsup tag to keep this version updated ??
After the 7.0-RELEASE was announced the following CVS tags became
available for general use:
This is a 'snapshot' of the source tree at the time of the
release. No bug fixes are possible in a 'snapshot' tag. It is
just a reference point, which can be used to reconstruct a copy
of the source tree used to build 7.0-RELEASE.
This is a 'branch' that includes all the source files of the
release snapshot and *security* fixes only. Being a 'branch'
this is not a static snapshot. It may 'move' in time, pointing
to newer updates for some files. Since it is a security-only
branch, however, updates are expected to be minimal and are
announced in freebsd-security as they become available.
This is a branch too. It includes all development of the
7-STABLE series. Created at the same point as the release tag
called RELENG_7_0_0_RELEASE, this is the basis for all the
subsequent releases 'cut from the 7.X series'. The changes
which are allowed to go into this branch are a lot more than
`RELENG_7_0', its associated security branch. New userland
features, documentation updates, even new utilities or entirely
new kernel features are all allowed, as long as compatibility
with previous 7.X releases is not compromised.
If you haven't read them already, the following two links are probably
going to be useful:
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