How to release


Once you've done your first release, you'd most probably be more comfortable with the quick guide to get the release out (nevertheless, all steps are explained below):

  mvn clean install apache-rat:rat -Papache-release               # generates artifacts, checks for AL headers
  mvn release:prepare -DdryRun=true -DautoVersionSubmodules=true  # review pom.xml, confirm only appropiate sections have been changed
  mvn deploy -Papache-release                                     # deploy a snapshot
  mvn release:clean                                               # prepare the release 1/3
  mvn release:prepare -DautoVersionSubmodules=true                # prepare the release 2/3
  mvn release:perform                                             # prepare the release 3/3

First time release managers#

  1. Generate PGP code signing keys
  2. Add the PGP code signing keys to the KEYS file as documented on the Infrastructure site
  3. Put in a Infrastructure JIRA asking to get added to the jspwiki unix group on
  4. Copy the modified KEYS file to the release folder /www/ on and ensure it has 0664 permissions.
  5. Add the following servers to your Maven settings.xml file:

Note that your password doesn't need to be inside the settings.xml file, due to Maven encryption capabilities. It is also convenient to setup the ssh keys on, otherwise you'll have to enter your login password a number of times.

Pre-release checks#

Verify that ./jspwiki-api/src/main/java/org/apache/wiki/api/ contains the appropiate JSPWiki version

The maven release process does not change these values on these files, so this has to be done manually.

Create a release candidate#

Generate release candidate artifacts#

  mvn clean install apache-rat:rat -Papache-release

This will check that all files have AL headers and also build artifacts, sources and sign

  mvn release:prepare -DdryRun=true -DautoVersionSubmodules=true 

Perform quick diffs between pom.xml files and their sibling pom.xml.tag files to see if the license or any other info has been removed (should never happen, but just to stay on the safe side).

Note that, when asked, the tag should follow the scheme X.Y.Z-RC#. If the vote succeeds, we'll re-tag later on X.Y.Z-RC# with X.Y.Z.

Prepare the release#

  mvn deploy -Papache-release
  mvn release:clean
  mvn release:prepare -DautoVersionSubmodules=true 

IMPORTANT: when asked, the tag should follow the scheme X.Y.Z-RC#. If the vote succeeds, we'll re-tag later on X.Y.Z-RC# with X.Y.Z.

  mvn release:perform
  1. Login to and select Staging Repositories on the left under Build Promotion.
  2. Select org.apache.jspwiki from the list of repositories, then click Close using "Apache JSPWiki X.Y.Z" as the description to allow others to see the repository.

Run a vote#

    Subject: [VOTE] Release JSPWiki version X.Y.Z
    This is a release vote for Apache JSPWiki, version X.Y.Z. The vote will be open for at least 72 hours from now.
    It fixes the following issues:<VERSION>
    You can see a curated changelog at
    Note that we are voting upon the source (tag), binaries are provided for convenience.

    Everybody is encouraged to vote.
    Source and binary files:[VERSION]-RC[RC]

    Nexus staging repo:
    The tag to be voted upon:[VERSION]-RC[RC]
    JSPWiki's KEYS file containing PGP keys we use to sign the release:

    *** Please download, test and vote:

    [ ] +1 Approve the release
    [ ]  0 Don't mind
    [ ] -1 Disapprove the release (please provide specific comments)

Note that the PMC needs to vote upon the release before any release can be made official.

Roll Out#

Add the next release version to JIRA#

Announce the release#

    Subject: [ANNOUNCE] Apache JSPWiki X.Y.Z released
    The Apache JSPWiki team is pleased to announce the release of JSPWiki X.Y.Z.
    This is the <REPLACE> release on the X.Y series of Apache JSPWiki, a feature-rich and 
    extensible WikiWiki engine built around the standard JEE components.
    The release is available here:

    JSPWiki Maven artifacts are available under org.apache.jspwiki groupId, 
    version X.Y.Z
    The full change log is available here:<REPLACE>

    A curated change log is also available here:<REPLACE>
    We welcome your help and feedback. For more information on how to
    report problems, and to get involved visit the project website at
    The Apache JSPWiki Team

First push post-release#

Ensure that ./jspwiki-api/src/main/java/org/apache/wiki/api/ contains next development versions.


Other links of interest#