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curl release procedure - how to do a release
in the source code repo
- edit `RELEASE-NOTES` to be accurate
- update `docs/THANKS`
- make sure all relevant changes are committed on the master branch
- tag the git repo in this style: `git tag -a curl-7_34_0`. -a annotates the
tag and we use underscores instead of dots in the version number.
- run "./maketgz 7.34.0" to build the release tarballs. It is important that
you run this on a machine with the correct set of autotools etc installed
as this is what then will be shipped and used by most users on *nix like
- push the git commits and the new tag
- gpg sign the 4 tarballs as maketgz suggests
- upload the 8 resulting files to the primary download directory
in the curl-www repo
- edit `Makefile` (version number and date),
- edit `_newslog.html` (announce the new release) and
- edit `_changes.html` (insert changes+bugfixes from RELEASE-NOTES)
- commit all local changes
- tag the repo with the same tag as used for the source repo
- make sure all relevant changes are committed and pushed on the master branch
(the web site then updates its contents automatically)
on github
- edit the newly made release tag so that it is listed as the latest release
- send an email to curl-users, curl-announce and curl-library. Insert the
RELEASE-NOTES into the mail.
- suitable beverage intake is encouraged for the festivities
curl release scheduling
We do releases every 8 weeks on Wednesdays. If critical problems arise, we can
insert releases outside of the schedule or we can move the release date - but
this is very rare.
Each 8 week release cycle is split in two 4-week periods.
- During the first 4 weeks after a release, we allow new features and changes
to curl and libcurl. If we accept any such changes, we bump the minor number
used for the next release.
- During the second 4-week period we do not merge any features or changes, we
then only focus on fixing bugs and polishing things to make a solid coming
Coming dates
Based on the description above, here are some planned release dates (at the
time of this writing):
- March 23, 2016 (version 7.48.0)
- May 18, 2016
- July 13, 2016
- September 7, 2016
- November 2, 2016
- December 28, 2016
- February 22, 2017