Bug #17553

tails-installer: insufficient doc to release

Added by CyrilBrulebois 2020-03-25 23:54:01 . Updated 2020-03-26 10:23:30 .

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While trying to release tails-installer for 4.5~rc1, I’ve noticed a number of issues:

  • no clear indication how to clone it
  • a master which is supposed to be the basis for all the things… that’s lagging way behind
  • no access for me to push the upstream tag
  • a failing git fetch debian because of the first point (no debian remote)
  • etc.

so I might be skipping the update of tails-installer for the RC.

Tentatively assigning to @anonym as my consultant for this release.



#1 Updated by CyrilBrulebois 2020-03-25 23:56:30

Some more data to clarify:

  • using the https://salsa.debian.org/pkg-privacy-team/tails-installer URL as my origin, since I haven’t found anything else that would be more obvious.
  • master there can be “git-described” as: tails-installer_5.0.7-7-g91610c0f (instead of something like 5.0.16…).

#2 Updated by CyrilBrulebois 2020-03-26 09:24:44

From Bug #17553, it seems one should guess that the tails-installer repository one is supposed to work from is actually <https://git.tails.boum.org/liveusb-creator>?

I don’t really find that obvious, given even when one knows about it, checking leads to:

kibi@armor:~/work/clients/tails/release/release-checkout$ git grep git.tails.boum.org|grep liveusb
wiki/src/news/report_2013_09.mdwn:  - [Rebranded](http://git.tails.boum.org/liveusb-creator/log/?h=feature/sdio)
wiki/src/news/report_2013_09.mdwn:    dialog](http://git.tails.boum.org/liveusb-creator/log/?h=feature/confirmation_dialog)
wiki/src/news/report_2013_09.mdwn:    size](http://git.tails.boum.org/liveusb-creator/log/?h=feature/list_device_name)

and even knowing that, I wouldn’t have understood that from wiki/src/contribute/release_process/tails-installer.mdwn’s introductory paragraph.

#3 Updated by intrigeri 2020-03-26 09:50:46

Hint: let’s not put too much effort into this because most of it will go away soonish (Feature #7036).

I think it’s fine to skip this update for 4.5~rc1 (and even for 4.5).

#4 Updated by CyrilBrulebois 2020-03-26 10:23:30

This was my initial assessment for 4.5~rc1 (confirmed by anonym); will do that as well for 4.5 given your hint. Thanks.