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Review Board 2.0

Summary

Review Board is a powerful tool for managing patch reviews.

Owner

Current status

  • Targeted release: Fedora 21
  • Last updated: 2014-05-21 (Packages are now all in Fedora)
  • Tracker bug: #1104674

Detailed Description

Review Board integrates with many types of repository (svn, git, mercurial, perforce and more) as well as popular hosting environments such as Fedora Hosted, Github and Bitbucket. It provides a powerful and clean interface to managing patches for review.

Review Board 2.0 adds the ability to post committed changes from a branch directly from the web UI, adds review of text file attachments, greatly extends the capabilities of the public API and extension framework, and offers significant performance improvements, usability enhancements, and visual cleanups.

Benefit to Fedora

Fedora will benefit from having the latest version of Review Board available for deployment. Review Board on Fedora is one of the fastest ways for a user or company to stand up a maintainable Review Board infrastructure without worrying about managing interaction with PyPI.

Scope

  • Proposal owners: Review Board 2.0 RC3 is in Rawhide today and will be upgraded to 2.0 final when it is released (expected by the end of May, 2014)
  • Other developers: N/A (not a System Wide Change)
  • Release engineering: N/A (not a System Wide Change)
  • Policies and guidelines: N/A (not a System Wide Change)

Upgrade/compatibility impact

Existing Fedora users who were running Review Board 1.x will be automatically upgraded to ReviewBoard 2.0. The upgrade process will automatically migrate their database schema the first time Apache is started after the RPM upgrade. This upgrade does permanently alter the database, making downgrade unsafe. The Release Notes should recommend backing up their database before upgrading this package.

How To Test

  1. Deploy a new Review Board site using /usr/bin/rb-site install
  2. Log into the new site using a web browser.
  3. Set up one or more repositories in the admin UI.
  4. Create one or more patch reviews using the web UI.
  5. Create one or more patch reviews using the RBTools (with 'rbt post')

User Experience

New users:

  • They will have access to a powerful tool for managing and reviewing patches (and multiple revisions of those patches)

Existing users of 1.x:

  • The interface is cleaner and faster, with more filtering and extension options.
  • Newer versions of RBTools will allow greater capabilities, particularly when operating with Git, Subversion and Clearcase repositories.

Dependencies

N/A (not a System Wide Change)

Contingency Plan

  • Contingency mechanism: Review Board is a leaf package affecting no other part of the system. If Review Board is not ready in time (unlikely; upstream indicates a final release to be coming within the month), we will likely release Fedora 21 with a release candidate and update it to a stable release later. Update 2014-05-21: All Review Board 2.0 packages have landed in Rawhide. This Change is effectively complete.
  • Contingency deadline: N/A (not a System Wide Change)
  • Blocks release? No
  • Blocks product? No

Documentation

Release Notes

Fedora now provides Review Board 2.0, a powerful, web-based patch review and management tool.

Review Board 2.0 adds the ability to post committed changes from a branch directly from the web UI, adds review of text file attachments, greatly extends the capabilities of the public API and extension framework, and offers significant performance improvements, usability enhancements, and visual cleanups.

Significant enhancements have been made to the diff viewer, as well as adding support for reviews on non-code files (such as binary file formats).

For users of previous versions of Review Board, please be aware that (as with minor releases) upgrading to Review Board 2.0 will modify your database schema and is a one-way process. Please back up your database before upgrading.