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FreeBSD 6.4 Release Process


This is a specific schedule for the release of FreeBSD 6.4. 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 -- 22August2008 Release Engineers send announcement email to developers with a rough schedule for the FreeBSD 6.4 release.
Announce the Ports Freeze -- 22August2008 Someone from portmgr@ should email freebsd-ports@ to set a date for the week long ports freeze and tagging of the ports tree.
Code freeze begins 29August2008 2September2008 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 doc/ tree slush TBD -- Notification of the impending doc/ tree slush should be sent to doc@.
Ports tree frozen 8September2008 8September2008 Only approved commits will be permitted to the ports/ tree during the freeze.
doc/ tree slush 8September2008 8September2008 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. 15September2008 16September2008 Version number bumps for doc/ subtree. RELEASE_6_4_0 tag for doc/. doc/ slush ends at this time.
BETA1 builds 1September2008 5September2008 Begin BETA1 builds.
RELENG_6_4 branch 6September2008 2October2008 The new release branch is created. Update and release.ent on various branches involved.
RC1 builds 8September2008 5October2008 Begin RC1 builds.
Ports tree tagged 15September2008 22September2008 RELEASE_6_4_0 tag for ports/.
Ports tree unfrozen 15September2008 22September2008 After the ports/ tree is tagged, the ports/ tree will be re-opened for commits, but commits made after tagging will not go in 6.4-RELEASE.
Final package build starts 15September2008 22September2008 The ports cluster and pointyhat build final packages.
RC2 builds 22September2008 2November2008 Begin RC2 builds.
RELEASE builds 12November2008 26November2008 Begin RELEASE builds.
Announcement 6October2008 28November2008 Announcement sent out after a majority of the mirrors have received the bits.
Turn over to the secteam TBD 12December2008 RELENG_6_4 branch is handed over to the FreeBSD Security Officer Team in one or two weeks after the announcement.

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