Re: Stable branches etc.

Guillaume Lambert

Hi Stephen

I am sharing your feedback and thinks it would make a lot of sense.
Many linux distros use something similar to deal with staging packages in their repo, e.g. Fedora with stable/branched/rawhide repos or Debian with stable/testing/unstable repos.
With only one (master) branch, it is difficult for downstream projects to deal with both the new features to develop and needed migrations for the next release at the same time.
An intermediate branch may allow a better synchronization with the upstream projects as long as ongoing evolution are made available through nexus.

Best Regards

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Subject: [OpenDaylight TSC] Stable branches etc.


In last week’s TSC call we had a brief discussion around the use of branches. One issue that comes up regularly is what to use the various branches for, and it occurred to me that we might be missing a branch (groan).

When we start the freeze, we cut stable branches, and since we’re trying to be ever more rigorous, those stable branches are only supposed to receive fixes for blocking bugs. What master is used for then is up to each project, but typically it ends up receiving patches for the next release cycle (Sodium now). What’s missing in this scenario is somewhere to queue patches for the next service release (Neon SR1), at least until the freeze is over and we thaw the stable branches.

Of course each project can set such a branch up manually if they so wish, but I’m wondering if projects would be interested in this as a general approach.





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