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Boost Release Procedures

Procedure Overview
Procedures for Developers
Procedures for the Release Manager


Each release of Boost software is overseen by a release manager, who coordinates release activities via the Boost mailing list, as well as performing the detailed procedures for the release.

Boost developers assist the release manager by reviewing regression test logs, and committing fixes to CVS.

Release Procedure Overview

Release Procedures for Developers

Select file(s) if not already selected.

Modify | Update selection... | Update settings | Sticky options | Retrieve rev/tag/branch: RC_1_26_2 | OK

Modify | Update selection... | Update settings | Merge options | Only this rev/tag: merged_to_RC_1_26_2 | Plus with this rev/tag: HEAD | OK

Modify | Commit... | Enter log message: ... | OK

Modify | Update selection... | Update settings | Reset any sticky date/tag/-k options | OK

Modify | Create tag on selection... | Create tag settings | Enter the tag name to create: merged_to_RC_1_26_2, Overwrite existing tags with same name | OK.

Release Procedures for the Release Manager

At time of branch-for-release:

See Release Manager's Checklist for full details.


What is the purpose of the merged_to_RC_n_n_n tag? This tag allows multiple merges from the main trunk to the release candidate branch. Without it, merging an initial main trunk fix  into the release candidate branch would work, but merging a second fix from main trunk to release candidate branch would result in a merge conflict. Although this procedure seems convoluted, it works much better in practice than several prior procedures we tried.


This web page was written by Beman Dawes, with helpful suggestions from Dave Abrahams and Steve Robbins. Jim Hyslop contributed the original CVS procedures. Updated by Jeff Garland after 1.29 release based on list discussions.

Revised: 02 October, 2003

Copyright Beman Dawes 2002

Use, modification, and distribution are subject to the Boost Software License, Version 1.0. (See accompanying file LICENSE_1_0.txt or copy at www.boost.org/LICENSE_1_0.txt)