svn commit: r365619 - in stable/12/sys: conf sys

Glen Barber gjb at
Thu Jan 14 17:56:53 UTC 2021

On Thu, Jan 14, 2021 at 08:17:59AM -0600, Kyle Evans wrote:
> On Thu, Sep 10, 2020 at 7:04 PM Glen Barber <gjb at> wrote:
> >
> > Author: gjb
> > Date: Fri Sep 11 00:04:23 2020
> > New Revision: 365619
> > URL:
> >
> > Log:
> >   Rename stable/12 to -STABLE, and bump __FreeBSD_version after
> >   releng/12.2 had been created.
> >
> I had wondered this before, and now I wonder again after a recent
> pkgbase discussion about versioning schemes. Why do we rename stable
> to -PRERELEASE at all? It's decidedly a (minor) downgrade to try to go
> from -PRERELEASE to -RELEASE since anyone that manages to get a
> -PRERELEASE build is still along -STABLE.

I believe the rationale here was to avoid calling the branch -STABLE
until (at least) the -RELEASE or -RC* came out.  But, we do not have
code freezes on head/main or stable branches anymore, so -PRERELEASE is
a marker for "the cycle is in progress, but the releng branch has not
necessarily been created yet."

For 13.0, there will not be a -PRERELEASE.


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