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Re: Making releases

From: Reuben Thomas
Subject: Re: Making releases
Date: Wed, 16 Mar 2011 16:17:44 +0000

On 16 March 2011 16:09, Jim Meyering <address@hidden> wrote:
> Reuben Thomas wrote:
>> I finally cajoled maint.mk into actually making a stable release of GNU Zile.
>> There are a couple of odd things about the final stages:
>> 1. It doesn't upload the release tarball &c. itself, it emits commands
>> to do so. Why?
> Uploading is final.
> Once you do it, you may have trouble undoing it,
> so I prefer merely to emit the command.

Prompting for one's GPG passphrase gets around this.

>> 2. There's no post-release hook which I can use for my Freshmeat
>> announcement (AFAICS).
> If it's via some web form, then no.

Not sure I understand. To announce on Freshmeat I run a command. I
don't care how it works (I think it's via a RESTful XML API, whatever
that is, but I really don't give two hoots). I just want a hook I can
put a command in.

> Note the use of make's -s option.
> That is supposed to suppress the "make: Entering/Leaving directory ..."
> diagnostics.

make's man page only says that -s stops the executed commands being printed.

> I usually say a few words about the release in place of FIXME.
> That makes it a little more human.

Sure, but is there a reason not to have this text in NEWS or supply it
in some other way that doesn't force another manual step?


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