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FreeBSD 7.1 Release Process


This is a specific schedule for the release of FreeBSD 7.1. 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 -- 22 August 2008 Release Engineers send announcement email to developers with a rough schedule for the FreeBSD 7.1 release.
Announce the Ports Freeze -- 22 August 2008 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 29 August 2008 2 September 2008 After this date, all commits to RELENG_7 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 -- 2 September 2008 Notification of the impending doc/ tree slush should be sent to doc@.
Ports tree frozen 8 September 2008 8 September 2008 Only approved commits will be permitted to the ports/ tree during the freeze.
doc/ tree slush 8 September 2008 8 September 2008 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. 15 September 2008 16 September 2008 Version number bumps for doc/ subtree. RELEASE_7_1_0 tag for doc/. doc/ slush ends at this time.
BETA1 builds 1 September 2008 5 September 2008 Begin BETA1 builds.
BETA2 builds -- 19 October 2008 Begin BETA2 builds.
RELENG_7_1 branch 6 September 2008 25 November 2008 The new release branch is created. Update and release.ent on various branches involved.
RC1 builds 15 September 2008 8 December 2008 Begin RC1 builds.
Ports tree tagged 15 September 2008 22 September 2008 RELEASE_7_1_0 tag for ports/.
Ports tree unfrozen 15 September 2008 22 September 2008 After the ports/ tree is tagged, the ports/ tree will be re-opened for commits, but commits made after tagging will not go in 7.1-RELEASE.
Final package build starts 15 September 2008 22 September 2008 The ports cluster and pointyhat build final packages.
RC2 builds 29 September 2008 22 December 2008 Begin RC2 builds.
RELEASE builds TBD 1 January 2009 Begin RELEASE builds.
Announcement 13 October 2008 5 January 2009 Announcement sent out after a majority of the mirrors have received the bits.
Turn over to the secteam TBD -- RELENG_7_1 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