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FreeBSD 5.5 Release Process


This is a specific schedule for the release of FreeBSD 5.5. 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 -- 25 January 2006 Release Engineers send announcement email to developers with a rough schedule for the FreeBSD 5.5 release.
Code freeze begins 31 January 2006 31 January 2006 After this date, all commits to HEAD 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, as well as stable@ and qa@ lists.
Announce the Ports Freeze -- 5 February 2006 Someone from portmgr@ should email freebsd-ports@ to set a date for the week long ports freeze and tagging of the ports tree.
Begin 5.5-BETA1 builds 5 February 2006 5 February 2006 Begin building the first public test release build for all Tier-1 platforms.
Release 5.5-BETA1 5 February 2006 5 February 2006 5.5-BETA1 tier-1 platform images built, released, and uploaded to
Begin 5.5-BETA2 builds 19 February 2006 16 February 2006 Begin building the second public test release build for all Tier-1 platforms.
Release 5.5-BETA2 19 February 2006 20 February 2006 5.5-BETA2 tier-1 platform images built, released, and uploaded to
Ports tree frozen 20 February 2006 23 February 2006 Only approved commits will be permitted to the ports/ tree during the freeze.
Begin 5.5-BETA3 builds 5 March 2006 1 March 2006 Begin building the third public test release build for all Tier-1 platforms.
Release 5.5-BETA3 5 March 2006 5 March 2006 5.5-BETA3 tier-1 platform images built, released, and uploaded to
Announce doc/ tree slush 6 March 2006 6 March 2006 Notification of the impending doc/ tree slush should be sent to doc@.
Begin 5.5-BETA4 builds -- 14 March 2006 Begin building the fourth public test release build for all Tier-1 platforms.
Release 5.5-BETA4 -- 14 March 2006 5.5-BETA4 tier-1 platform images built, released, and uploaded to
Ports tree tagged 6 March 2006 14 March 2006 RELEASE_5_5_0 tag for ports/.
Ports tree unfrozen 6 March 2006 14 March 2006 After the ports/ tree is tagged, the ports/ tree will be re-opened for commits, but commits made after tagging will not go in 5.5-RELEASE.
Final package build starts TBD -- The ports cluster and pointyhat build final packages.
doc/ tree slush 10 March 2006 7 April 2006 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.
doc/ tree tagged. 13 March 2006 21 May 2006 Version number bumps for doc/ subtree. RELEASE_5_5_0 tag for doc/. doc/ slush ends at this time.
RELENG_5_5 branch 19 March 2006
12 May 2006
12 May 2006 The new major version branch is created. Update and release.ent on various branches involved.
src/ unfrozen TBD -- Unfreeze RELENG_5 src. Continue to coordinate significant check-ins with until the release is final.
Build 5.5-RC1 19 March 2006
14 May 2006
13 May 2006 Begin building the first release candidate build for all Tier-1 platforms.
Release 5.5-RC1 19 March 2006
14 May 2006
16 May 2006 5.5-RC1 tier-1 platform images released, and uploaded to
Version numbers bumped 31 March 2006
20 May 2006
12 May 2006 The files listed here are updated to reflect FreeBSD 5.5.
src/ tree tagged 31 March 2006
20 May 2006
22 May 2006 Tag the RELENG_5_5 branch with RELENG_5_5_0_RELEASE.
Begin 5.5-RELEASE builds 31 March 2006
20 May 2006
22 May 2006 Start 5.5-RELEASE Tier-1 builds.
Warn 31 March 2006
20 May 2006
23 May 2006 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 2 April 2006
21 May 2006
24 May 2006 Release and packages uploaded to
Announcement 3 April 2006
22 May 2006
25 May 2006 Announcement sent out after a majority of the mirrors have received the bits.
Turn over to the secteam TBD 31 May 2006 RELENG_5_5 branch is handed over to the FreeBSD Security Officer Team in one or two weeks after the announcement.

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Last modified on: May 15, 2021 by Allan Jude