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FreeBSD 6.2 Release Process


This is a specific schedule for the release of FreeBSD 6.2. 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 8September2006 8September2006 Release Engineers send announcement email to developers with a rough schedule for the FreeBSD 6.2 release.
Code freeze begins 10September2006 10September2006 After this date, all commits to RELENG_6 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 17September2006 17September2006 portmgr@ sends email to freebsd-ports@ to announce the dates for the week long ports freeze and tagging of the ports tree.
Begin 6.2-BETA1 builds 16September2006 16September2006 Begin building the first public test release build for all Tier-1 platforms.
Release 6.2-BETA1 17September2006 20September2006 6.2-BETA1 Tier-1 platform images built, released, and uploaded to
Begin 6.2-BETA2 builds 30September2006 1October2006 Begin building the second public test release build for all Tier-1 platforms.
Release 6.2-BETA2 1October2006 5October2006 6.2-BETA2 Tier-1 platform images built, released, and uploaded to
Ports tree frozen 10October2006 10October2006 Only approved commits will be permitted to the ports/ tree during the freeze.
Begin 6.2-BETA3 builds 30October2006 30October2006 Begin building the third public test release build for all Tier-1 platforms.
Release 6.2-BETA3 1November2006 31October2006 6.2-BETA3 Tier-1 platform images built, released, and uploaded to
RELENG_6_2 branch 12October2006 15November2006 The release branch is created. Update and release.ent on various branches involved.
src/ unfrozen 14October2006 18November2006 Unfreeze RELENG_6 src. Continue to coordinate significant check-ins with until the release is final.
Build 6.2-RC1 14October2006 15November2006 Begin building the first release candidate build for all Tier-1 platforms.
Release 6.2-RC1 15October2006 17November2006 6.2-RC1 Tier-1 platform images released and uploaded to
Ports tree tagged 24October2006 30October2006 RELEASE_6_2_0 tag for ports/.
Ports tree slush 24October2006 30October2006 After the ports/ tree is tagged, the ports/ tree will be re-opened for commits, but commits made after tagging will not go in 6.2-RELEASE. Also, wide sweeping commits are only allowed after explicit approval from portmgr@. The ports tree will be fully unfrozen after the release announcement.
Final package build starts 24October2006 20November2006 The ports cluster and pointyhat build final packages.
Announce doc/ tree slush 8October2006 -- Notification of the impending doc/ tree slush should be sent to doc@.
doc/ tree slush 23October2006 -- 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.
Build 6.2-RC2 28October2006
24December2006 Begin building the second release candidate build for all Tier-1 platforms.
Release 6.2-RC2 29October2006
27December2006 6.2-RC2 Tier-1 platform images released and uploaded to
doc/ tree tagged. 29October2006 8December2006 Version number bumps for doc/ subtree. RELEASE_6_2_0 tag for doc/. doc/ slush ends at this time.
Version numbers bumped 9November2006
11January2007 The files listed here are updated to reflect FreeBSD 6.2.
src/ tree tagged 9November2006
11January2007 Tag the RELENG_6_2 branch with RELENG_6_2_0_RELEASE.
Begin 6.2-RELEASE builds 9November2006
11January2007 Start 6.2-RELEASE Tier-1 builds.
Warn 9November2006
-- 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 10November2006
13January2007 Release and packages uploaded to
Announcement 13November2006
15January2007 Announcement sent out after a majority of the mirrors have received the bits.
Turn over to so@ TBD 22January2007 Control of the RELENG_6_2 branch is handed over to the FreeBSD Security Officer Team one or two weeks after the announcement.

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