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= Making a Gerrit Release
This document is meant primarily for Gerrit maintainers
who have been given approval and submit status to the Gerrit
projects. Additionally, maintainers should be given owner
status to the Gerrit web site.
To make a Gerrit release involves a great deal of complex
tasks and it is easy to miss a step so this document should
hopefully serve as both a how to for those new to the process
and as a checklist for those already familiar with these
== Gerrit Release Type
Here are some guidelines on release approaches depending on the
type of release you want to make (`stable-fix`, `stable`, `rc0`,
=== Stable
A `stable` release is generally built from the `master` branch and may
need to undergo some stabilization before releasing the final release.
* Propose the release with any plans/objectives to the mailing list
* Create a Gerrit `rc0`
* If needed create a Gerrit `rc1`
You may let in a few features to this release
* If needed create a Gerrit `rc2`
There should be no new features in this release, only bug fixes
* Finally create the `stable` release (no `rc`)
=== Stable-Fix
`stable-fix` releases should likely only contain bug fixes and doc
* Propose the release with any plans/objectives to the mailing list
* This type of release does not need any RCs, release when the
objectives are met
=== Security-Fix
`security-fix` releases should only contain bug fixes for security
For security issues it is important that they are only announced
*after* fixed versions for all relevant releases have been published.
Because of this, `security-fix` releases can't be prepared in the public
`gerrit` project.
`security-fix` releases are prepared in the `gerrit-security-fixes`
project which is only readable by the Gerrit Maintainers. Only after
a `security-fix` release has been published will the commits/tags made in
the `gerrit-security-fixes` project be taken over into the public
`gerrit` project.
== Create the Actual Release
To create a Gerrit release the following steps have to be done:
. link:#build-gerrit[Build the Gerrit Release]
. link:#publish-gerrit[Publish the Gerrit Release]
.. link:#publish-to-maven-central[Publish the Gerrit artifacts to Maven Central]
.. link:#publish-to-google-storage[Publish the Gerrit WAR to Google Storage]
.. link:#push-stable[Push the Stable Branch]
.. link:#push-tag[Push the Release Tag]
.. link:#upload-documentation[Upload the Documentation]
.. link:#finalize-release-notes[Finalize Release Notes]
.. link:#update-issues[Update the Issues]
.. link:#announce[Announce on Mailing List]
. link:#increase-version[Increase Gerrit Version for Current Development]
. link:#merge-stable[Merge `stable` into `master`]
=== Update Versions and Create Release Tag
Before doing the release build, the `GERRIT_VERSION` in the `version.bzl`
file must be updated, e.g. change it from `2.5-SNAPSHOT` to `2.5`.
In addition the version must be updated in a number of pom.xml files.
To do this run the `./tools/` script and provide the new
version as parameter, e.g.:
./tools/ 2.5
Commit the changes and create a signed release tag on the new commit:
git tag -s -m "v2.5" v2.5
Tag the plugins:
git submodule foreach git tag -s -m "v2.5" v2.5
=== Build Gerrit
* Build the Gerrit WAR, API JARs and documentation
bazel build release Documentation:searchfree
./tools/maven/ install
* Sanity check WAR
* Test the new Gerrit version
* Verify plugin versions
Verify the versions:
java -jar bazel-bin/release.war init --list-plugins
=== Publish the Gerrit Release
==== Publish the Gerrit artifacts to Maven Central
* Make sure you have done the
configuration] for deploying to Maven Central
* Make sure that the version is updated in the `version.bzl` file and in
the `pom.xml` files as described in the link:#update-versions[Update
Versions and Create Release Tag] section.
* Push the WAR to Maven Central:
./tools/maven/ war_deploy
* Push the plugin artifacts to Maven Central:
./tools/maven/ deploy
* To where the artifacts are uploaded depends on the `GERRIT_VERSION` in
the `version.bzl` file:
** SNAPSHOT versions are directly uploaded into the Sonatype snapshots
repository and no further action is needed:
** Release versions are uploaded into a staging repository in the
link:[Sonatype Nexus Server].
* Verify the staging repository
** Go to the link:[Sonatype Nexus Server] and
sign in with your Sonatype credentials.
** Click on 'Build Promotion' in the left navigation bar under
'Staging Repositories' and find the `comgooglegerrit-XXXX` staging
** Verify its content
While the staging repository is open you can upload further content and
also replace uploaded artifacts. If something is wrong with the staging
repository you can drop it by selecting it and clicking on `Drop`.
** Run Sonatype validations on the staging repository
Select the staging repository and click on `Close`. This runs the
Sonatype validations on the staging repository. The repository will
only be closed if everything is OK. A closed repository cannot be
modified anymore, but you may still drop it if you find any issues.
** Test closed staging repository
Once a repository is closed you can find the URL to it in the `Summary`
section, e.g.
Use this URL for further testing of the artifacts in this repository,
e.g. to try building a plugin against the plugin API in this repository
update the version in the `pom.xml` and configure the repository:
* Release the staging repository
How to release a staging repository is described in the
Sonatype OSS Maven Repository Usage Guide].
Releasing artifacts to Maven Central cannot be undone!
** Find the closed staging repository in the
link:[Sonatype Nexus Server], select it and
click on `Release`.
** The released artifacts are available in
** It may take up to 2 hours until the artifacts appear on Maven
* [optional]: View download statistics
** Sign in to the
link:[Sonatype Nexus Server].
** Click on 'Views/Repositories' in the left navigation bar under
'Central Statistics'.
** Select `` as `Project`.
==== Publish the Gerrit WAR to the Google Cloud Storage
* go to the link:[
gerrit-releases bucket in the Google cloud storage console]
* make sure you are signed in with your Gmail account
* manually upload the Gerrit WAR file by using the `Upload` button
==== Push the Stable Branch
* Create the stable branch `stable-2.5` in the `gerrit` project via the
Gerrit Web UI] or by push.
* Push the commits done on `stable-2.5` to `refs/for/stable-2.5` and
get them merged
==== Push the Release Tag
Push the new Release Tag:
git push gerrit-review tag v2.5
Push the new Release Tag on the plugins:
git submodule foreach git push gerrit-review tag v2.5
==== Upload the Documentation
* Extract the documentation files from the zip file generated from
`bazel build searchfree`: `bazel-bin/Documentation/`.
* Upload the files manually via web browser to the appropriate folder
in the
gerrit-documentation] storage bucket.
=== Finalize the Release Notes
Upload a change on the homepage project to:
* Remove 'In Development' caveat from the relevant section.
* Add links to the released documentation and the .war file, and make the
latest version bold.
==== Update homepage links
Upload a change on the link:[
homepage project] to change the version numbers to the new version.
==== Update the Issues
Update the issues by hand. There is no script for this.
Our current process is an issue should be updated to say `Status =
Submitted, FixedIn-2.5` once the change is submitted, but before the
After the release is actually made, you can search in Google Code for
`Status=Submitted FixedIn=2.5` and then batch update these changes
to say `Status=Released`. Make sure the pulldown says `All Issues`
because `Status=Submitted` is considered a closed issue.
==== Announce on Mailing List
Send an email to the mailing list to announce the release. The content of the
announcement email is generated with the `` which
automatically includes all the necessary links, hash values, and wraps the
text in a PGP signature.
For details refer to the documentation in the script's header, and/or the
help text:
./tools/ --help
=== Increase Gerrit Version for Current Development
All new development that is done in the `master` branch will be included in the
next Gerrit release. The Gerrit version should be set to the snapshot version
for the next release.
Use the `version` tool to set the version in the `version.bzl` file:
./tools/ 2.6-SNAPSHOT
Verify that the changes made by the tool are sane, then commit them, push
the change for review on the master branch, and get it merged.
=== Merge `stable` into `master`
After every release, stable should be merged to master to ensure that
none of the changes/fixes ever get lost.
git config merge.summary true
git checkout master
git reset --hard origin/master
git branch -f stable origin/stable
git merge stable
Bazlets is used by gerrit plugins to simplify build process. To allow the
new released version to be used by gerrit plugins,
must reference the new version. Upload a change to bazlets repository with
api version upgrade.
Part of link:index.html[Gerrit Code Review]