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When to branch

Historically, we branch several weeks/months before an official release. However, it would also be possible to agree on a freeze and branch much later. Please add your arguments and preferences below.

Benefits of branching early (ex.: 4-6 weeks before)

  • Devs can still work on unfinished or new features
    • after all, not everyone may want to just fix, or would have to make himself familiar with unknown code first
  • (Psychological) Signal that freeze is in effect (only disadvantage in case if we do the way as in past merging to trunk is that people need to SVN switch, see below Merge or not to merge)
  • no accidental breaking code by devs not knowing of feature freeze (living in a bubble?)
  • clear and better controllable border between trunk and feature-freezed code
    • try on trunk. working? backport to branch
      • new and unexperienced devs won't have to fear of doing something really bad when working on trunk

Accept Undecided Reject
2 0 1
  • Kissaki
  • luci
  • marclaporte

Benefits of branching as late as possible

  • Less work of merging from branches/4 to trunk (in case we need to merge - see below)
    • and possibly the other way around
  • (Forcibly) Route manpower to only fixing and improving present and presently working (freezed) features.
  • When release is soon coming, new features can be done in an experimental branch (and merged into trunk later)

Accept Undecided Reject
2 2 1
  • jonnybradley
  • marclaporte
  • luci
  • Kissaki
  • sylvieg

 

After thinking about it more, because of the merges, I accept this only when I am forced to switch to work on 4.x branch after feature freeze — luci But where do you commit the thing you are developping - innyour local or personal branches - and after do a bug commit where you lost the commit message? - sylvieg

Data

To help with decision making, it would be nice to have some historical perspective

Version Branch date .0 release date (SecDB creation) Freeze duration (days) Date last merge
3.x 2009-02-28 r16998 2009-05-19 r18916 80 2009-05-19 r18920 (18880 to 18916)
4.x 2009-11-03 r22815 2009-11-16 r23323 13 2009-12-18 r23957 (23892 to 23908)
5.x 2010-03-09 r26025 2010-06-07 r27534 61 2010-08-07 r28381 (28273 to 28378)
6.x 2010-09-21 r29485 2010-11-09 r30607 49 2010-12-14 r31414 (31378 to 31409)
7.x 2011-03-24 r33628 2011-06-09 r34878 77 2011-08-16 r36217 (36203 to 36216)
8.x 2011-10-03 r37900 2011-11-10 r38776¹ 38 ?

¹ 8.1 data. 8.0 was released a week earlier, but was broken and never announced.

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