Reaper practices forward merging commits.
Fixes and improvements required to release branches are first committed to those branches. These changes are merged forward onto master afterwards.
An example where a bugfix developed and approved for the release branch 1.4 is to be merged;
# first rebase the work one last time off the latest 1.4 branch git checkout bob/1.4_bugfix git rebase 1.4 git push # switch to the 1.4 branch and fast-forward merge in the fix git checkout 1.4 git merge bob/1.4_bugfix # take note of the sha of the fast-forward merge commit that just happened # switch to master git checkout master # create the empty merge commit git merge 1.4 -s ours # cherry-pick the change using the sha noted above, and make any manual adjustments required against the master branch git cherry-pick -n <sha> # commit amend the forward ported changes into the merge commit git commit -a --amend # push both 1.4 and master branches at the same time git push origin 1.4 master --atomic
For more information on the value of forward merging, and the principles of “merge down, copy up” and the “tofu scale: firm above, soft below”, see
Cutting a release involves the following steps.
- Check with the community if the codebase is ready for the release, this includes checking any outstanding issues or pull requests in progress.
- For a major release, create the release branch off master. Release branches follow the naming:
- Check that the release branch has green build status on both Travis and CircleCI.
CHANGELOG.mdusing github-change and the following command (editing and removing non-pertinent commits):
github-changes -o thelastpickle -r cassandra-reaper --use-commit-body -a -f changelog.tmp -b <sha-of-release> -v
- Create the release tag using the maven-release-plugin and the following command:
mvn release:prepare -Dtag=<release-version-number>
- Do not run
mvn release:perform, as Travis will do the build and deployment of the released version tag.
- Monitor the Travis build for the released version tag, ensuring the build succeeds through to the deployment task. This is the last task in the job.
- On the GitHub release page, edit the description to include the changelog from above for the latest version.
- Forward port (without carrying the changes) the release to master. Use the following commands:
git checkout master; git merge <release-branch> -s ours; git push