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FreeBSD 7.2 Release Process


This is a specific schedule for the release of FreeBSD 7.2. For more general information about the release engineering process, please see the Release Engineering section of the web site.

General discussions about the pending release and known issues should be sent to the public freebsd-stable mailing list. MFC requests should be sent to


Action Expected Actual Description
Reminder announcement 16March2009 17March2009 Release Engineers send announcement email to developers with a rough schedule for the FreeBSD 7.2 release.
Announce the Ports Freeze 3April2009 3April2009 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 23March2009 23March2009 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 -- 3April2009 Notification of the impending doc/ tree slush should be sent to doc@.
Ports tree frozen 13April2009 13April2009 Only approved commits will be permitted to the ports/ tree during the freeze.
doc/ tree slush 10April2009 10April2009 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. 17April2009 17April2009 Version number bumps for doc/ subtree. RELEASE_7_2_0 tag for doc/. doc/ slush ends at this time.
BETA1 builds 30March2009 31March2009 Begin BETA1 builds.
RELENG_7_2 branch 10April2009 15April2009 The new release branch is created. Update and release.ent on various branches involved.
RC1 builds 13April2009 15April2009 Begin RC1 builds.
Ports tree tagged 20April2009 21April2009 RELEASE_7_2_0 tag for ports/.
Ports tree unfrozen 20April2009 21April2009 After the ports/ tree is tagged, the ports/ tree will be re-opened for commits, but commits made after tagging will not go in 7.2-RELEASE.
Final package build starts 20April2009 21April2009 The ports cluster and pointyhat build final packages.
RC2 builds 20April2009 23April2009 Begin RC2 builds.
RELEASE builds 1May2009 1May2009 Begin RELEASE builds.
Announcement 4May2009 4May2009 Announcement sent out after a majority of the mirrors have received the bits.
Turn over to the secteam TBD -- RELENG_7_2 branch is handed over to the FreeBSD Security Officer Team in one or two weeks after the announcement.

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