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From: Beman Dawes (bdawes_at_[hidden])
Date: 2003-09-24 09:59:48

I've got some time opening up and would like to start working toward a
1.31.0 release.

 From the release manager's standpoint, there are really several aspects of
getting a release ready:

(1) Ensuring that the library code is reasonable shape. This is done by
monitoring regression tests, and by monitoring the list looking for
patches, bug reports, or other messages that directly relate to library
code, and coordinating with library developers. This is very time

(2) All other preparation and coordination. This includes updating
non-library-specific web pages, working with developers to minimize quality
problems such as detected by the inspection report, coordinating with
developers for promised updates, etc., etc., etc. This is also fairly time
consuming, although perhaps not quite as time consuming as (1).

(3) The mechanical aspects of preparing a release. This is by far the
simplest part, although this particular release is complicated by moving to
a new host.

For past releases, the release manager has had lots of help from the
maintenance wizard and others, but has born the primary responsibility for
the above tasks. On this release, I'd really like to split the
responsibility. Perhaps by one person managing (1), while someone else
manages (2). I'll volunteer for (2) and (3), but see the next paragraph.

While (3) is much simpler, the hosting is moving to SourceForge, so it
would be helpful if a Unix/Linux developer volunteered to write and run a
release script that takes the distribution .gz or .zip and installs it on
the host.

Since Dave Abrahams managed the 1.30.1/2 release, I'd particularly like to
hear his views on how to organize management of this release. Dave?


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