Source Release for BES

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Note that the old pages with the tables of version numbers are gone. Use the web pages themselves as documentation of what has or has not been built. For the current release, include grayed-out links to binaries we do plan to make but keep the grayed-out links in place for the current version only!

When we decide to release software

Use the developers at list to send out notices to all the developers about pending releases.

Planned release

If this is a planned release, send out a notice at least two weeks in advance to anyone who likely has made changes to the software. More lead time is, of course, better. This will allow developers time to get their code and documentation changes into github and onto the master branch in time for the release.

Run Coverity!

Emergency releases

If this is an 'emergency' release, then send out a notice to developers as soon as the decision to release is made, since this will give a chance for other developers to lets us know if there are new changes in the master branch that are ready for release. if we don't get an email from those developers of a particular component, then we should assume that the code might not be 100% ready for release and we should use the version tagged with/for the last release if possible.

Maybe run Coverity - depends on the scope of the changes.

The Release Process

Tip: If, while working on the release, you find you need to make changes to the code and you know the CI build will fail, do so on a release branch that you can merge and discard later. If you don't need to do this, skip it. Also, note that the handlers that are git submodules really make this a hassle, so feel free to skip this step or do it only for the BES itself, etc.
Create the release branch.
  • git checkout -b hyrax_release_0.0.0
  • git push --set-upstream origin hyrax_release_0.0.0
For the bes, also make the branch for each submodule:
  • git submodule foreach 'git checkout -b hyrax_release_0.0.0'

Verify the code base

  1. Make sure that the source code you're using is up-to-date. (git pull)
  2. Have all tickets for the release milestone been resolved?
  3. Does the code pass it's tests? The Travis builds should be running the distcheck targets for these packages.
    For the BES (or any software that requires parameters passed to configure) use DISTCHECK_CONFIGURE_FLAGS=... when you run make For running tests, using TESTSUITEFLAGS=-j9 will speed up the autconf/autotest tests if the version of autoconf supports parallel testing (but not on CentOS 6 because it's not supported by the stock version of autoconf on that OS).
    • libdap4
    make check -j9
    make distcheck -j9
    • bes
    make check -j9
    make distcheck -j9 DISTCHECK_CONFIGURE_FLAGS=--with-dependencies=$prefix/deps (DISTCHECK_CONFIGURE... no longer needed with automake 1.14 or greater. jhrg 9/21/17)
    How did that go, with the distcheck target there? Look here for help
  4. Once the tests pass merge the master branch to the coverity-scan branch. Read the resulting report and deal with the identified issues. Once completed return to the top of this section and repeat until everything is clean.

Check the make rpm target

Running the make rpm target is useful because it will find problems that can slow the process once the final edits are done and the RPMs are being built.

  1. Make sure to install the libdap rpms before you build the bes rpms and uninstall them afterwards.:
    sudo yum install ~/rpmbuild/RPMS/x86_64/libdap-*
  2. Make sure that the bes dependencies have been built using the static option so that the BES rpm will have modules that are statically linked to their dependencies. To check this look at the libraries in $prefix/deps/lib. There should be no *.so files in the lib dir, only *.a, *.la, and some other directories. To build a new set of dependencies that provide only static libraries, use:
    make for-static-rpm -j9 CONFIGURE_FLAGS=--disable-shared
  3. Build the BES rpm using those snazzy static libraries, use
    make all-static-rpm -j9
  4. When finished, uninstall the libdap rpms:
    sudo yum uninstall ~/rpmbuild/RPMS/x86_64/libdap-*


Up until now you have only verified the software's readiness for release. Beginning with the follow section you will be making the edits and changes required to update the version numbers and build the actual release files. Do not proceed unless you have passed all of the previous process checks. Thanks.

Update Release Related Files

Update the text documentation files and version numbers in the configuration files:

Update the ChangeLog file.

Use the script gitlog-to-changelog (which can be found with Google) to update the ChangeLog file by running it using the --since="<date>" option with a date one day later in time than the newest entry in the current ChangeLog.

gitlog-to-changelog --since="1970-01-01" (Specify a date one day later than the one at the top of ChangeLog)

Save the result to a temp file and combine the two files:

cat tmp ChangeLog > ChangeLog.tmp; mv ChangeLog.tmp ChangeLog

If you're making the first ChangeLog entries, then you'll need to create the ChangeLog file first.
Tip: When you're making the commit log entries, use line breaks so ChangeLog will be readable. That is, use lines < 80 characters long.

Update the NEWS file

To update the NEWS file, just read over the new ChangeLog entries and summarize. In the old days of CVS, the logs automatically included the names of the changed files, but subversion and git don't do that.

Update the internal library version numbers

There are really 2 version numbers for each of these project items. The human version (like bes-3.17.5) and the library API/ABI version which is represented as CURRENT:REVISION:AGE. There are special rules for when each of the numbers in the library API/ABI version get incremented that are triggered by the kinds of changes that where made to the code base. The human version number is more arbitrary. So for example, we might make a major API/ABI change and have to change to a new Libtool version like 25:0:0 but the human version might only change from bes-3.17.3 to bes-3.18.0

Affected Files

The rules for shared image version numbers:

  1. No interfaces changed, only implementations (good): Increment REVISION.
  2. Interfaces added, none removed (good): Increment CURRENT, increment AGE, set REVISION to 0.
  3. Interfaces removed or changed (BAD, breaks upward compatibility): Increment CURRENT, set AGE and REVISION to 0.

Determine the new software version (assuming you don't already know the extent of the changes that have been made)

For C++, build a file of the methods and their arguments using:
nm .libs/libdap.a | c++filt | grep ' T .*::' | sed 's@.* T \(.*\)@\1@' > libdap_funcs
and compare that using diff on the previous release's library.

Assess the changes you find based on the following rules for the values of CURRENT,REVISION, and AGE

  • No interfaces changed, only implementations (good): ==> Increment REVISION.
  • Interfaces added, none removed (good): ==> Increment CURRENT, increment AGE, set REVISION to 0.
  • Interfaces removed or changed (BAD, breaks upward compatibility): ==> Increment CURRENT, set AGE and REVISION to 0.

The current value of CURRENT,REVISION, and AGE can be found in


Once you have determined the new values of the CURRENT:REVISION:AGE strings then:

Edit the and update the version values to the new ones.
Update The BES dependencies

In the BES, update the requirements (Requires line in spec file) for libdap as needed.

Affected Files
Updating the Human Version Number
  1. Determine the human version number. This appears to be a somewhat subjective process.
  2. Edit each of the Affected Files and update the human version number.
Affected Files
debian/changelog (see

Note that it's helpful to have, in the NEWS file, a list of the Jira Bug tickets that have been closed since the last release. Make a filter for this by going to Advanced search on the Issues page/menu. Here's what the JQL looks like:

  project = HYRAX AND updatedDate >= "2017/05/31" AND resolution = Done AND Type = Bug ORDER BY Key

Edit the date, of course. If you Save as this search, it will appear in the Issues menu. The Jira interface makes editing the date easy. You can find the date of the last release from our web page or from the GitHub tag/release information.

Commit & Push these changes.


For the BES modules

This will change when the BES project is restructured.

Do the release items above for the source release and then, for the modules, do the following:

  • Confirm that the modules are on the correct branch:
    git submodule foreach 'git status'
  • If modules have been added or removed you will need to edit the file bes/modules/all_modules.txt to reflect the changes.
  • Use the magic version update shell scripty to update the various module's ChangeLog and version numbers:
    cd modules; ./ -v `cat all_modules.txt`
  • Have a look at what happened:
    git submodule foreach 'git status'
  • In each module:
    • Review ChangeLog file and adjust the libtool version numbers as needed.
    • Edit the module look for and update M_VER= line. (Human Version Number)
  • Commit and push module changes:
    git submodule foreach 'git commit -a -m "updated for Hyrax-xx.xx.xx"'
    git submodule foreach 'git push'

That completes the update of the modules (sub-projects)

Lastly commit and push the changes to the BES!

git commit -a -m "Updated for Hyrax-xx.xx.xx"
git push

Build And Upload Distribution Files

  1. Make the tar file
  2. For the BES, see below
  3. Make the RPM
    • Sign the RPM
    • Move to a directory on the web site and use script to move the RPM around (later, once all the RPMs are uploaded). -->
  4. Update the web pages: A complex and (at this time - 2/21/06) changing process.

Tag The Release

  1. git tag -a version-<numbers> -m "Version <number>"
  2. git push origin version-<numbers>

If this is part of Hyrax, also tag this point in the master branch with the Hyrax release number:

  1. git tag -a hyrax-<numbers> -m "Hyrax <number>"
  2. git push origin hyrax-<numbers>
    NB: Instead of tagging all of the modules, use the saved commit hashes that git tracks for submodules. This cuts down on the bookkeeping for releases and removes one source of error; recording the wrong version for one of the 17 or so modules. thus, there is no need to tag the code in the modules.
  3. Mark the release on Github:
    • Goto the 'releases' page and click the 'Tags' tab. There, click the ellipses (...) on the right of the 'version-*' tag and:
      • Enter a title for the release
      • Copy the most recent text from the NEWS file into the describe field
      • Click Update this release or Save draft

Build The Release RPM and Source Distributions