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How to create a new release

This is my checklist for making new releases.

In this example I am using version 6.2.0 to 6.3.0; of course that will change for subsequent revisions.

  • Update version found in mlr --version and man mlr:

    • Edit pkg/version/version.go from 6.2.0-dev to 6.3.0.
    • Edit miller.spec: Version, and changelog entry
    • Run make dev in the Miller repo base directory
    • The ordering in this makefile rule is important: the first build creates mlr; the second runs mlr to create manpage.txt; the third includes manpage.txt into one of its outputs.
    • Commit and push.
  • If Go version is being updated: edit all three of

    • go.mod
    • .github/workflows/go.yml
    • .github/workflows/release.yml
  • Create the release tarball:

    • make release_tarball
    • This creates miller-6.3.0.tar.gz which we'll upload to GitHub, the URL of which will be in our miller.spec
    • Prepare the source RPM following
  • Create the Github release tag:

    • Don't forget the v in v6.3.0
    • Write the release notes -- save as a pre-release until below
      • Be sure the commit being used is the (non-main) PR commit containing the new version, or, main after that PR is merged back to main. (Otherwise, the release will be tagging the commit before the changes, and mlr version will not show the new release number.)
    • Thanks to PR 822 which introduces goreleaser there are versions for many platforms auto-built and auto-attached to the GitHub release.
    • Attach the release tarball and SRPM. Double-check assets were successfully uploaded.
    • Publish the release in pre-release mode, until all CI jobs finish successfully. Note that gorelease will create and attach the rest of the binaries.
    • Before marking the release as public, download an executable from among the generated binaries and make sure its mlr version prints what you expect -- else, restart this process.
    • Then mark the release as public.
  • Build the release-specific docs:

    • Note: the GitHub release above created a tag v6.3.0 which is correct. Here we'll create a branch named 6.3.0 which is also correct.
    • Create a branch 6.3.0 (not v6.3.0). Locally: git checkout -b 6.3.0, then git push.
    • Edit docs/mkdocs.yml, replacing "Miller Dev Documentation" with "Miller 6.3.0 Documentation". Commit and push.
    • At the Miller Read the Docs admin page,, in the Versions tab, scroll down to Activate a version, then activate 6.3.0.
    • In the Admin tab, in Advanced Settings, set the Default Version and Default Branch both to 6.3.0. Scroll to the end of the page and poke Save.
    • In the Builds tab, if they're not already building, build 6.3.0 as well as latest.
    • Verify that now exists.
    • Verify that (with hard page-reload) shows Miller 6.8.0 Documentation in the upper left of the doc pages.
  • Notify:

    • Submit brew pull request; notify any other distros which don't appear to have autoupdated since the previous release (notes below)
    • Similarly for macports:
    • See also -- distros usually catch up over time but some contacts/pings never hurt to kick-start processes after owners move on from a project they started.
    • Social-media updates.
    • Brew notes:

      • How to submit a version upgrade
      • brew bump-formula-pr --force --strict miller --url --sha256 xxx with xxx from shasum -a 256 miller-6.2.0.tar.gz.
  • Afterwork:

    • Edit pkg/version/version.go to change version from 6.3.0 to 6.3.0-dev.
    • make dev
    • Commit and push.