An ongoing responsibility of the Ubuntu Kernel Release Manager is to maintain the master git repo and any subsequent branches and/or packages. This usually involves the following series of steps:

Maintaining the linux package

  1. Start with a clean git repo
    fdr clean
  2. Start the new release, if an "UBUNTU: Start new release" commit isn't already in place
    • Run the kteam-tools script:
    • Or, the old manual way (not recommended):
      fdr startnewrelease
      debian/scripts/misc/getabis 2.6.<MINOR-VERSION> <ABI>.<UPLOAD>
        * For example:  debian/scripts/misc/get-abis 2.6.35 15.21
        * it's quicker to run this from a machine with a fast connection to the data center (ie zinc)
      git add debian.master/changelog
      git rm -rf debian.master/abi/<PREV-ABI>
        * For example:  git rm -rf debian.master/abi/2.6.35-14.20
      git add debian.master/abi/<NEW-ABI>
        * For example:  git add debian.master/abi/2.6.35-15.21
      git commit -s -e -F debian/commit-templates/newrelease
  3. Bump ABI - Signed modules (circa 2016) require every release to bump the ABI.

    edit debian.master/changelog and increment the ABI by 1
    git add debian.master/changelog
    git commit --amend
  4. Move the "Start new release" commit into place just after the previous release commit (with git rebase -i)
  5. Prepare the release changelog entry and create a tracking bug
    fdr insertchanges
  6. Close the release
    edit debian.master/changelog and change UNRELEASED to the actual release name, eg maverick
    git add debian.master/changelog
    git commit -s -m "UBUNTU: Ubuntu-<PKG-VERSION>"
     * For example: git commit -s -m "UBUNTU: Ubuntu-2.6.35-15.22"
    git tag -s -m Ubuntu-<PKG-VERSION>
  7. Build test across arch's (i386, amd64, armhf, arm64, powerpc, ppc64el)
  8. Push the changes to the master-next repo. It's often a good idea to incrementally push changes to the master-next repo prior to closing the release.
    git push origin Ubuntu-<PKG-VERSION>
    git push origin master-next

Maintaining the linux-meta package

For the most part, the only time the linux-meta repo needs to be updated is when the linux package undergoes an ABI bump. The ABI for the linux-meta must stay in sync with the ABI of the linux package. Bumping the ABI for the linux-meta package can be done with the following steps:

  1. Add a new changelog entry
     edit meta-source/debian/changelog and start a new changelog entry
     * if you are a vi user, just do :Call NewVersion() :Call Finalise()
  2. Increment the ABI
     edit meta-source/debian/changelog and increment the ABI by 1
     Add a note in the changelog about the ABI Bump
  3. Close the release
     edit meta-source/debian/changelog and change UNRELEASED to the actual release name
     git add meta-source/debian/changelog
     git commit -s -m "UBUNTU: Ubuntu-<META-PKG-VERSION>
      * For example: git commit -s -m "UBUNTU: Ubuntu-"
     git tag -s -m Ubuntu-<META-PKG-VERSION> Ubuntu-<META-PKG-VERSION>
  4. Push the changes to the master repo
    git push origin Ubuntu-<META-PKG-VERSION>
    git push origin master

Maintaining the linux-signed package

The version of linux-signed must stay in lock step with the linux kernel package. The process is as follows:

  1. cd ubuntu-<release>-signed

  2. ./update-version <linux-source-directory>

  3. Follow the instructions printed


Kernel/Handbook/ReleaseManagement/MaintainingRelease (last edited 2016-07-07 19:29:01 by kamalmostafa)