[Pulp-dev] Allowing Older Z-stream Backports and Releases?

Ina Panova ipanova at redhat.com
Wed Aug 5 10:10:49 UTC 2020

To follow up on this, during the open floor it has been decided to create a
Backport tracker to facilitate backport requests, in addition some docs are
being written so people have guidelines.


Ina Panova
Senior Software Engineer| Pulp| Red Hat Inc.

"Do not go where the path may lead,
 go instead where there is no path and leave a trail."

On Thu, Jul 30, 2020 at 7:10 PM Brian Bouterse <bmbouter at redhat.com> wrote:

> Currently my understanding of the z-stream policy is that Pulp only has
> one active z-stream. This means (for example) that when 3.6.0 comes out,
> there will never be another z-stream release for 3.5.z, 3.4.z, 3.3.z, etc.
> I believe we have an opportunity to create more value by adjusting this to
> allow for older z-stream releases to be requested as-needed. This would
> allow for example Katello's use of pulpcore 3.4.1 to request a 3.4.2 to be
> created even if 3.6.0 is released. Similarly for any plugin. These could
> only contain bugfixes (never features) due to semantic versioning
> restriction.
> This is based on feedback I've gotten from various users including
> Katello, and this would allow them to use a version of pulpcore or a plugin
> and receive stability fixes without being forced to upgrade. Then they can
> upgrade when is right for them (not for us).
> If others agree with this change I think we need to figure out the
> following:
> * How can a user request a backport? [bmbouter suggests using a new
> tracker type in Redmine named 'Backport']
> * How can mini-teams perform backporting? [bmbouter suggests manual
> cherry-picking and releasing as-needed, only with requested items]
> What do you think?
> Thanks!
> Brian
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