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FreeBSD 4.8 Release Process


This is a specific schedule for the release of FreeBSD 4.8. For more general information about the release engineering process, please see the Release Engineering section of the web site.

General discussions about the release engineering process or quality assurance issues should be sent to the public freebsd-qa mailing list. MFC requests should be sent to


Action Expected Actual Description
Reminder announcement 16 Jan 2003 16 Jan 2003 Release Engineers send announcement email to with a rough schedule for the FreeBSD 4.8 release.
Another Reminder announcement 7 Feb 2003 10 Feb 2003 1 week reminder.
Another Reminder announcement 14 Feb 2003 14 Feb 2003 Final reminder, with exact time that freeze begins.
4.8-PRERELEASE Testing Guide published 15 Feb 2003 2 Mar 2003 A testing guide should be published with information about recent changes and areas of the system that should be thoroughly tested during the pre-release/RC period.
4.8-PRERELEASE 15 Feb 2003 15 Feb 2003, and release.ent updated.
FTP site updated 15 Feb 2003 unnecessary pkg_add -r works for 4.8-PRERELEASE machines.
Code freeze begins 15 Feb 2003 15 Feb 2003 After this date, all commits to the RELENG_4 branch must be approved by Certain highly active documentation committers are exempt from this rule for routine man page / release note updates. Heads-up emails should be sent to the developers@, stable@ and qa@ lists.
4.8-RC 1 Mar 2003 2 Mar 2003 and release.ent updated.
Announce the Ports Freeze 1 Mar 2003 1 Mar 2003 Someone from portmgr@ should email freebsd-ports@ and BCC: developers@ to set a date for the week long ports freeze and tagging of the ports tree.
First release candidate 1 Mar 2003 3 Mar 2003 The first release candidate for the x86 and Alpha architecture is released. ISO images should be uploaded to and A network install directory should be uploaded to The packages/ directory should be a relative symlink, as described in the releng article.
Heads up to -stable 2 Mar 2003 3 Mar 2003 A message should be sent to and after the snapshot is uploaded.
Second release candidate 16 Mar 2003 17 Mar 2003 Note: the release date of this candidate depends on the user experience with RC1.
Third release candidate -- --
Ports tree frozen 5 Mar 2003 6 Mar 2003 Only approved commits will be permitted to the ports/ tree during the freeze.
Announce doc/ tree slush 6 Mar 2003 7 Mar 2003 Notification of the impending doc/ tree slush should be sent to doc@.
doc/ tree slush 10 Mar 2003 10 Mar 2003 Non-essential commits to the en_US.ISO8859-1/ subtree should be delayed from this point until after the doc/ tree tagging, to give translation teams time to synchronize their work.
Ports tree tagged 13 Mar 2003 -- RELEASE_4_8_0 tag for ports/.
Ports tree unfrozen 22 Mar 2003 22 Mar 2003 After the ports/ tree is tagged, the ports/ tree will be re-opened for commits, but commits made after tagging will not go in 4.8-RELEASE.
Final package build starts 20 Mar 2003 -- The ports cluster and bento build final packages.
doc/ tree tagged. 19 Mar 2003 22 Mar 2003 Version number bumps for doc/ subtree. RELEASE_4_8_0 tag for doc/. doc/ slush ends at this time.
RELENG_4_8 branch 22 Mar 2003 23 Mar 2003 The release branch is created.
Note to freebsd-stable@ 22 Mar 2003 -- A note should be sent to the freebsd-stable@ list to let over-anxious users know that the tags have been created but the release still isn't ready. Tags may be slid before the announcement goes out. Point users to freebsd-qa@ for details.
Version numbers bumped. 23 Mar 2003 -- The files listed here are updated to reflect the fact that this is FreeBSD 4.8.
Update man.cgi on the website. 23 Mar 2003 28 Mar 2003 Make sure the 4.8 manual pages are being displayed by default for the man->web gateway. Also make sure these man pages are pointed to by docs.xml.
src tree tagged. 29 Mar 2003 -- RELENG_4_8_0_RELEASE tag for src/.
Final builds. 29 Mar 2003 -- Final builds for x86 and Alpha in a pristine environment.
Warn 29 Mar 2003 -- Heads up email to to give admins time to prepare for the load spike to come. The site administrators have frequently requested advance notice for new ISOs.
Upload to ftp-master. 29 Mar 2003 -- Release and packages uploaded to
Announcement 30 Mar 2003 -- Announcement sent out after a majority of the mirrors have received the bits.
Unfreeze the tree 30 Mar 2003 -- Announcement to developers@ explaining that the release is out, and commits to RELENG_4 no longer require approval. Also note the policy for commits to the RELENG_4_8 branch.

Last modified on: May 15, 2021 by Allan Jude