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Re: GDB 5.2 et.al. release schedule
- From: Daniel Jacobowitz <drow at mvista dot com>
- To: gdb at sources dot redhat dot com
- Date: Wed, 23 Jan 2002 19:37:45 -0500
- Subject: Re: GDB 5.2 et.al. release schedule
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On Wed, Jan 23, 2002 at 03:52:26PM -0500, Andrew Cagney wrote:
> See also: http://gcc.gnu.org/develop.html
> There have been plenty of concerns raised about the unreliability of the
> GDB release cycle: 12 months, 18 months, ... I'm looking for more robust
> ways of addressing this. (btw the 5.2 release manager role is still
> available) (I promise not to break an arm again :-).
> In previous e-mail I've mentioned the intention to branch 5.2 mid Feb
> and release it mid March.
> With those two points in mind, and looking across at GCC for idea's, I'd
> like to propose that GDB have a more formal release schedule.
> I should note that GDB 5.1 established a new precident - it was released
> with several targets (HP/UX, ALPHA) known to be broken. Being willing
> to do this greatly simplified the task of the release person as they
> should no longer feel guilty when documenting that certain
> targets/natives just don't work.
> GCC's cycle is every 6 months. GDB could go for 12, 6, 4, or 3 months.
> In the below I've somewhat arbitrarially chosen 4 months. That would
> give three major and (possibly) three minor releases a year.
I like it. And I agree with your comments about the iterative
> Looking at other release cycles, a 6 month schedule would better tie in
> with GCC. While I'm open to opinion, my gut feeing is that the GCC
> release schedule/model really don't map well onto GDB. GDB is far more
> of an iterative development model and as such should encourage more
> frequent releases.
And we don't need to be tied to GCC.
> PS: If this is agreed to, I'll add it to cron so that no one can forget :-)
The possibilities are alarming...
Daniel Jacobowitz Carnegie Mellon University
MontaVista Software Debian GNU/Linux Developer