[Development] Proposal: Eliminate soft branching phase from release process

Kari Oikarinen kari.oikarinen at qt.io
Wed Nov 27 16:26:38 CET 2019

On 15.10.2019 12.35, Oswald Buddenhagen wrote:
 > the gist is that this somewhat complicated downmerge process exists for
 > good reasons. it shifts the "logistical" load of dealing with the
 > branching from every contributor to the few people involved in the
 > branch management.
 > history (now found via browsing archives; it appears impossible to
 > google that message without putting the exact subject in quotes):
 > https://lists.qt-project.org/pipermail/releasing/2014-August/001804.html
 > there appears to be no other public list activity related to this.
 > apparently, everything happened on irc.
 > the previous installment of evolving policy was here:
 > (that's essentially what you want to go back to).
 > as you can see from the dates, it took us a single feature release to
 > conclude that another change was necessary.

Thanks a lot for digging these up.

I'll withdraw this proposal. Firstly, because I learned the motivation
for the current approach better during the course of this thread and
thus no longer want to push for the change. And secondly, because a
new branching model discussion is ongoing and the currently most
probable resolution of that will make the whole downmerging step
disappear anyway.


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