[petsc-dev] petsc release plan for Sep/2021

Satish Balay balay at mcs.anl.gov
Thu Sep 2 08:39:31 CDT 2021

On Thu, 2 Sep 2021, Satish Balay via petsc-dev wrote:

> All,
> Its time for another PETSc release - due end of Sept.
> For this release [3.16], lets work with the following dates:
> - feature freeze: March 27 say 5PM EST
> - release: March 29 say 5PM EST

That should be:

- feature freeze: Sept 27 say 5PM EST
- release: Sept 29 say 5PM EST

[sorry copy/paste/update error]


> Merges after freeze should contain only fixes that would normally be acceptable to "release" work-flow.
> I've created a new milestone 'v3.16-release'. So if you are working on a MR with the goal of merging before release - its best to use this tag with the MR.
> And it would be good to avoid merging large changes at the last minute. And not have merge requests stuck in need of reviews, testing and other necessary tasks.
> And I would think the testing/CI resources would get stressed in this timeframe - so it would be good to use them judiciously if possible.
> - if there are failures in stage-2 or 3 - and its no longer necessary to complete all the jobs - one can 'cancel' the pipeline.
> - if a fix needs to be tested - one can first test with only the failed jobs (if this is known) - before doing a full test pipeline. i.e:
>    - use the automatically started and paused 'merge-request' pipeline (or start new 'web' pipeline, and cancel it immediately)
>    - now toggle only the jobs that need to be run
>    - [on success of the selected jobs] if one wants to run the full pipeleine - click 'retry' - and the remaining canceled jobs should now get scheduled.
> Thanks,
> Satish

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