Branching the tree
Make a ghc-x.y branch of all of the repos (including those with a 'dph' tag). In the ghc branch, change sync-all so that it doesn't get the dph repos by default, and change validate so that it doesn't require them to be present.
For repos with an upstream maintainer, ask upstream what commit we should be using in the branch.
Make release notes
In docs/users_guide, add a $VERSION-notes.xml file and write the release notes.
Add a corresponding relnotes$PATCH_LEVEL entity to ug-ent.xml.in, and use the entity at the end of the chapter in intro.xml.
Updating the tree
Update the ANNOUNCE file in the root of the tree.
In the AC_INIT line of configure.ac, set the version number. A few lines below, set RELEASE=YES.
Making the source tarball
The source tarball includes some generated files, such as Parser.hs (generated from Parser.y.pp). We therefore need to do a build before generating the source tarball.
First check out the branch, and ensure that the version number and RELEASE near the top of configure.ac are correct. Then:
$ perl boot $ ./configure $ make # GHC <= 7.10 only $ make sdist
It is advisable to use a machine with as recent an autoreconf as possible; in particular, 2.61 is known to make a configure script that doesn't work on Windows.
You should now have source tarballs sdistprep/ghc-<VERSION>-src.tar.bz2 and sdistprep/ghc-<VERSION>-testsuite.tar.bz2.
Making the binary builds
First, you should make sure your environment has all of the tools necessary to make a proper release build. This can include more tools than an "ordinary" build of GHC requires, since documentation requires extra tools. You will need:
- HsColour (cabal install hscolour)
- docbook-xsl (otherwise you will get error failed to load external entity "http://docbook.sourceforge.net/release/xsl/current/html/chunk.xsl")
A good sanity check is to check the output of configure and make sure all of the tool fields are filled out.
Untar the src tarball. Then:
$ cat > mk/build.mk <<EOF V=1 HADDOCK_DOCS=YES LATEX_DOCS=YES HSCOLOUR_SRCS=YES BUILD_DOCBOOK_HTML=YES BUILD_DOCBOOK_PDF=YES BUILD_DOCBOOK_PS=YES BeConservative=YES EOF
(Note that BeConservative is only relevant on Linux, as it controls usage of clock_gettime in the RTS.)
$ ./configure 2>&1 | tee ../conf.log $ make 2>&1 | tee ../make.log $ make binary-dist 2>&1 | tee ../bd.log
Nightly builders will automatically produce release builds on FreeBSD, putting the results here.
Sanity checking the binary builds
The compare tool compares the tarballs of different releases, and warns about possible problems:
$ cd <</path/to/ghc/tree>>/distrib/compare $ make
$ <</path/to/ghc/tree>>/distrib/compare/compare <<previous_release_files>> <<this_release_files>>
Check that the build can build the release
Install the release, set your $PATH, then just untar and:
$ ./configure $ make
Create and upload the library documentation
haskell.org$ mkdir /srv/web/haskell.org/ghc/docs/<<VERSION>>
$ <</path/to/ghc/tree>>/distrib/mkDocs/mkDocs ghc-*-x86_64-unknown-linux.tar.bz2 ghc-*-i386-unknown-mingw32.tar.bz2 $ cd docs $ scp * haskell.org:/srv/web/haskell.org/ghc/docs/<<VERSION>>
haskell.org$ cd /srv/web/haskell.org/ghc/docs/<<VERSION>> haskell.org$ mkdir html haskell.org$ cd html haskell.org$ mv ../index.html . haskell.org$ for i in ../*.tar.bz2; do tar -jxf $i; done
Sanity check http://www.haskell.org/ghc/docs/<<VERSION>>/. In particular, check that the libraries docs include both Win32 and unix.
Prepare the webpage
In the http://www.haskell.org/ghc darcs repository, create a download_ghc_<<MANGLED_VERSION>>.shtml page based on the previous one.
Sanity check http://www.haskell.org/ghc/download_ghc_<<MANGLED_VERSION>>. In particular, check that the release notes and documentation links work.
Upload the binaries
scp -r 7.6.2 haskell.org:/srv/web/haskell.org/ghc/dist/
Sanity check that the download links work.
Add the release to "Versions" in the trac admin section, and make it the default version.
Update "Current Stable Release" in download.shtml, and move the previous release down to "Older Releases".
Update "Latest News" in index.shtml.
haskell.org$ ~/mk-latest-links haskell.org$ ~/mk-latest-links | sh
For an RC, a smaller message is sent to just [email protected], e.g.:
Subject: ANNOUNCE: GHC x.y.z Release Candidate 1 We are pleased to announce the first release candidate for GHC x.y.z: http://www.haskell.org/ghc/dist/x.y.z-rc1/ This includes the source tarball and bindists for Windows, Linux, OS X and FreeBSD, on x86 and x86_64. We plan to make the x.y.z release <sometime>. Please test as much as possible; bugs are much cheaper if we find them before the release!
TODO FIXME Normally Herbert and upstream maintainers take care of this - we always attempt to have full releases for all package by the time the final release happens (although not necessarily so for an RC - they may ship slight interim states).
Heuristic for detecting submodule libraries which have no proper release:
$ git submodule | grep -F -- '-g' b6658e5d73eb0579b3054593de21f329ab491e77 libffi-tarballs (ghc-7.8.1-release-1-gb6658e5) 3b573ee058560d1199a19efab10c016278dff252 libraries/Win32 (Win32-18.104.22.168-release-19-g3b573ee) 33eb2fb7e178c18f2afd0d537d791d021ff75231 libraries/dph (2009-06-25-1149-g33eb2fb) 29cb0db59803c9d9181f7c4ce35ef1c6cbc6ccfb libraries/primitive (primitive-0.5.2.1-release-22-g29cb0db) c0308f1c4f57859d9a8b10d504afe56eebbb27c5 libraries/vector (0_9_1-129-gc0308f1) 69bae89103aca6e498b811d562f387830fbcb959 nofib (2009-06-25-226-g69bae89) f48474f640387dca4b42182c1ac78ba30865742d utils/haddock (haddock-2.16.0-release-32-gf48474f) c16032d83c8ce7ac3e11b99f8e80bfdfc77f0d1f utils/hsc2hs (2009-06-25-87-gc16032d)
The listing above shows submodules which point to submodules that have no *annotated* tag, and which need further investigation. In some cases the tag just wasn't propagated from the upstream repo into our local Git mirror.