Beta Freeze Policy

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At the beta freeze for a release, no new builds are allowed for packages already in the Fedora collection (new packages can still be reviewed, added in CVS and built as potential updates).  The purpose of the final freeze is to prevent changes while the release is prepared.  Release blocking bugs can still be fixed following the policy below.
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'''''ATTENTION: This policy has been superseded by the [[Branch Freeze Policy]], [[QA:SOP_blocker_bug_process]] and [[QA:SOP_freeze_exception_bug_process]].'''''
  
If you think that you need to break the final freeze, then you should ask for approval after completing the build. To do so, file a ticket in our [https://fedorahosted.org/rel-eng/ Trac Space] with the following information: (Note, don't forget to login, or you will not get email notifications of ticket changes)
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{{admon/tip|Ignoring the Freeze Process|Ignoring the freeze process and introducing new packages anyway can result in your package being reverted or reduce the chances of receiving an exception}}
* The koji build nvr (name-version-release)
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* At Beta Freeze, all packages should be code complete, all known bugs should be fixed, as we prepare the last test release for widespread coordinated testing of bug fixes.
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** All new features of the release should have a status of 100% completion.
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* Freezing the package collection makes sure there is adequate time to prepare and test the [[Beta Release]] before making it publicly available.
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* Changes to [[Critical_Path_Packages|Critical Path Packages]] after Beta Freeze must follow the exception process described here.
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* Changes to non-Critical Path Packages are peer-driven via [https://admin.fedoraproject.org/updates Bodhi]. They do not require an exception from Release Engineering, but they should use the established Bodhi peer-review, karma system.
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* New packages can still be reviewed, added in CVS and built
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* Development builds of packages can continue, however they will not be included in the test release unless you request a break of the freeze for your build.
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== Exceptions ==
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=== Requesting an exception ===
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If you believe there is a good reason for you to break the Beta freeze, you must request an exception.
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<ol><li>Build and test your package before submitting anything.
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{{admon/important|Build and test first!| Do not omit this step.}}</li>
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<li>Submit the freeze exception request by filing a [https://fedorahosted.org/rel-eng/newticket Release Engineering Ticket], or by running <code>make tag-request</code> in your package module. Please include the following information:
 
* A description of what you want to change
 
* A description of what you want to change
* Rationale for why the change is important enough to be allowed in after the final freeze.
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* Rationale for why the change is important enough to be allowed in after the freeze
* Impact of *not* accepting the development at this point of the schedule.
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* The koji build nvr (name-version-release)
* Information on what testing you've already done on the development to help reduce the risk.
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* Impact of '''not''' accepting the change at this point of the schedule
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* Description of testing you've already done on the development to help reduce the risk
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</li></ol>
  
The [[ReleaseEngineering| release team]]  will evaluate the request and provide feedback.  If the feature is rejected, then you'll have to submit the build as a post-release updateDisputes over rejected changes can be escalated to [[PackageMaintainers/MainPageFesco|  FESCo]] .
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=== Evaluating requests for exception ===
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The [[ReleaseEngineering| Release Engineering team]]  will evaluate your request and provide feedback.   
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* Approval comes in the form of ''+1's'' (meaning ''Yes'' or ''I approve''). 
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* Two +1's (without any negative feedback or ''-1's'') are necessary to build.  If there is negative feedback, conversation ensues and a new vote is taken.
  
Approval will come in the form of +1's.  Two +1's (without any negative feedback) are necessary to build.  If there is negative feedback, conversation will ensue and a new vote will be issued.
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If your request is accepted, your package will be tagged for inclusion in Rawhide.
  
Note that ignoring the freeze process can lead to your package not getting tagged for the freeze tag, and thus not pushed to rawhide and the final release.
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If your request is denied, your package will not appear in Rawhide until the freeze ends. If you disagree with Release Engineering's decision, you may enter an appeal with [[Fedora_Engineering_Steering_Committee|FESCo]]. To start the appeals process with FESCo [https://fedorahosted.org/fesco/newtplticket create a ticket with FESCo].
  
 
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Latest revision as of 01:36, 23 January 2013

ATTENTION: This policy has been superseded by the Branch Freeze Policy, QA:SOP_blocker_bug_process and QA:SOP_freeze_exception_bug_process.

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Ignoring the Freeze Process
Ignoring the freeze process and introducing new packages anyway can result in your package being reverted or reduce the chances of receiving an exception
  • At Beta Freeze, all packages should be code complete, all known bugs should be fixed, as we prepare the last test release for widespread coordinated testing of bug fixes.
    • All new features of the release should have a status of 100% completion.
  • Freezing the package collection makes sure there is adequate time to prepare and test the Beta Release before making it publicly available.
  • Changes to Critical Path Packages after Beta Freeze must follow the exception process described here.
  • Changes to non-Critical Path Packages are peer-driven via Bodhi. They do not require an exception from Release Engineering, but they should use the established Bodhi peer-review, karma system.
  • New packages can still be reviewed, added in CVS and built
  • Development builds of packages can continue, however they will not be included in the test release unless you request a break of the freeze for your build.

[edit] Exceptions

[edit] Requesting an exception

If you believe there is a good reason for you to break the Beta freeze, you must request an exception.

  1. Build and test your package before submitting anything.
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    Build and test first!
    Do not omit this step.
  2. Submit the freeze exception request by filing a Release Engineering Ticket, or by running make tag-request in your package module. Please include the following information:
    • A description of what you want to change
    • Rationale for why the change is important enough to be allowed in after the freeze
    • The koji build nvr (name-version-release)
    • Impact of not accepting the change at this point of the schedule
    • Description of testing you've already done on the development to help reduce the risk

[edit] Evaluating requests for exception

The Release Engineering team will evaluate your request and provide feedback.

  • Approval comes in the form of +1's (meaning Yes or I approve).
  • Two +1's (without any negative feedback or -1's) are necessary to build. If there is negative feedback, conversation ensues and a new vote is taken.

If your request is accepted, your package will be tagged for inclusion in Rawhide.

If your request is denied, your package will not appear in Rawhide until the freeze ends. If you disagree with Release Engineering's decision, you may enter an appeal with FESCo. To start the appeals process with FESCo create a ticket with FESCo.