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How to Prepare a New Release Series

Throughout this document, we will refer to the new release series as 3.X, and the previous release series as 3.OLD. For example, if we are creating OSG 3.6, then 3.X refers to 3.6, and 3.OLD refers to 3.5.

Do first, anytime before the month of the release

  • Add 3.X koji tags and targets

  • Add Koji package signing

    • On, /etc/koji-hub/plugins/sign.conf; copy all the [osg-3.OLD-*] entries to new entries, renaming the 3.OLD parts in the new enties to 3.X.
    • Ensure the permissions for /etc/koji-hub/plugins/sign.conf are 0600 apache:apache
    • Save the result with etckeeper commit
  • Update osg-build to use the new koji tags and targets (not by default of course)

    • See the Git commits on opensciencegrid/osg-build for SOFTWARE-2693 for details on how to do this
    • You will be using this version of osg-build for some tasks, even if it hasn't been released

Do afterward, anytime before the month of the release

  • Create a blank osg-3.X SVN branch and add buildsys-macros package

    1. svn copy buildsys-macros from trunk and hand-edit it to hardcode the new osg_version and dver values

      Do the following steps for all EL versions relevant to the new series; e.g., for EL 7:

      1. Edit the spec file and set dver to 7, and osg_version to 3.X
      2. Run the following commands (adjust the NVR as necessary):
        $ osg-build rpmbuild --el7
        $ osg-koji import _build_results/buildsys-macros-*.el7.src.rpm
        $ osg-koji import _build_results/buildsys-macros-*.el7.noarch.rpm
        $ pkg=$(basename _build_results/buildsys-macros-*.el7.src.rpm)
        $ pkg=${pkg%.src.rpm}
        $ osg-koji tag-pkg osg-3.X-el7-development "$pkg"
    2. Do a 'real' build of buildsys-macros

      1. Bump the revision in the buildsys-macros spec file and edit the %changelog. Again, you will need a version of osg-build with 3.X support.

      Do the following steps for all EL versions relevant to the new series; e.g., for EL 7:

      1. Set dver to 7. Commit
        $ osg-build koji --repo=3.X --el7
  • Update tarball-client

    • bundles.ini
    • patches/
    • upload-tarballs-to-oasis (for 3.X, foreach_dver_arch will need to be updated for the new set of 3.X dver_arches)
    • Add relase-series specific repos/osg-3.X-el<DVER> for each supported distro version (e.g., 7, 8)
  • Populate the bootstrap tags

    Need to have them inherit from the 3.OLD development tags, but only packages, not builds (hence the --noconfig; yes, the name is weird)

    # set 3.OLD and 3.X as appropriate, specify any relevant dvers for el
    $ for el in el7; do \
        for repo in 3.OLD upcoming; do \
            osg-koji add-tag-inheritance --noconfig --priority=2 \
                osg-3.X-$el-bootstrap osg-$repo-$el-development; \
        done; \
  • Get the actual NVRs to tag

    • I put Brian's spreadsheet into Excel and used its filtering feature to separate out:
      • the packages going into 3.X.0
      • package differences between each dver (eg, el7 vs el8)
    • save the NVRs for each dver to a separate file, eg, pkgtotag-el7.txt and pkgtotag-el8.txt
    • Tagging:

      # set 3.X as appropriate, specify any relevant dvers for el
      $ for el in el7 el8; do \
          xargs -a pkgtotag-$el osg-koji tag-pkg osg-3.X-$el-bootstrap; \

      (btw, xargs -a doesn't work on a Mac)

  • In order to make testing easier, build the new osg-release and osg-release-itb packages and promote them all the way to release, so that all the 3.X repos exist and have at least one rpm in them.

Do on the month of the 3.X.0 release

  • Populate SVN branch and tags (as in fill it with the packages we're going to release for 3.X)
  • Mass rebuild
    • Don't forget to update the empty and contrib tags with the appropriate packages; remove the empty* packages from the development tags after they've been tagged into the empty tags
  • Update mash
    • On repo-itb
    • On repo
  • Update documentation here
  • Update osg-test / vmu-test-runs
    • They're only going to test from minefield (and eventurally testing) until the release
  • Drop the osg-3.X-elY-bootstrap koji tags (after the successful mass rebuild only)
  • Update docker-software-base and any container images that are based on it

Do immediately after the 3.X.0 release

  • Update tag inheritance on the upcoming-build tags to inherit from 3.X-devel instead of 3.OLD-devel

Do sometime after the 3.X.0 release

  • Do these three at the same time:
    • Move the SVN trunk to branches/osg-3.OLD and move branches/osg-3.X to trunk
    • Update the koji osg-elY build targets to build from and to 3.X instead of 3.OLD
    • Notify the software list of this change
  • Update osg-test / vmu-test-runs again to add release and release -> testing tests
  • Update the docker-osg-wn-client scripts to build from 3.X (need direct push access)

    1. Update the constants in the genbranches script in the docker-osg-wn-scripts repo
    2. Update the branches in docker-osg-wn-client; a script like this ought to work:

      git clone [email protected]:opensciencegrid/docker-osg-wn-scripts.git
      git clone [email protected]:opensciencegrid/docker-osg-wn.git
      cd docker-osg-wn-scripts
      cd ../docker-osg-wn
      for bpath in ../docker-osg-wn-scripts/branches/*; do
          git checkout -b $b master && \
              mv $bpath && \
              git add && \
              git commit -m "Add branch $b"

      and then run a similar script to update the existing branches Check the results before pushing, and then run git push --all

    3. Update the arrays in update-all and osg-wn-nightly-build in docker-osg-wn-scripts

  • Update the default promotion route aliases in osg-promote

  • Update documentation again to reflect that 3.X is now the main branch and 3.OLD is the maintenance branch

Notes on lessons learned

Since the upcoming repos are not tied to an upcoming relative to 3.OLD or 3.X, the meaning of the upcoming repo changes when the new OSG series is released. Users which have the upcoming repo enabled before the cutover to 3.X will find that a yum update will pull down packages relative to the new upcoming, relative to 3.X, instead of the old upcoming, which was relative to 3.OLD.

This may catch them by surprise, as it happens whether or not they update their osg-release package to the new 3.X version.

If it is not their intention to update to packages in the new upcoming, users should disable their upcoming yum repo by the time of the new OSG series cutover, and the continuation of their old upcoming packages will effectively be the main osg repo for the new 3.X series, after they have updated their osg-release package (usually by installing osg-3.X-elY-release-latest.rpm).