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Choose a release manager (RM) who will manage the release and do most of the work and co-ordination needed to get a release out.

The RM will be responsible for deciding when the code is ready to be released and which problems will block the release.

The RM must have a proper up to date copy of the sourcecode. Check out here to see how to obtain it.

The RM must be an administrative member of sourceforge and to have write access to the synfig subversion. Ask any of the current administrators about that. Also a wiki account and a forum account are necessary.

We would assume that the svn local copy of the source code are in a separate folder in your local drive and they are: etl, synfig-core, and synfig-studio accordingly to the source code instructions.


  • Pick a date at least 5 weeks into the future.
  • Post a splash screen challenge in the forums.
  • After 4 weeks, close the challenge and post a poll.
  • After one week close the poll and name the winnar!
  • Obtain the source of the winner file and commit it:
    • Rename the synfig-studio/images/splash-screen.sifz to synfig-studio/images/splash-xx.xx.xx.sifz where xx.xx.xx is the previous version.
    • Add the new splash source file to synfig-studio/images/splash-screen.sifz
    • Modify synfig-studio/images/ accordingly.
    • Update synfig-studio/AUTHORS, synfig-studio/README, and synfig-studio/src/gtkmm/about.cpp if needed.

Freeze commits

It would be good if no one commit more changes/patches until the release is done. Mainly because at some point we need to stop polishing the current revision.

First should come the feature freeze, then the string freeze and then the final cutoff of translations & bug fixes just before the release.

There is no technical way to freeze commits with sourceforge, so the developers should be willing to play nice with the release.

Ping coders, artists and translators and advice them about the release preparation. Ask for last updates before freezing the commits. Give some time to update. Preferably no more than a week.


Make sure the copyrights in README, the AUTHORS file and the about dialog list of contributors are up to date.

Do a grep -r Copyright README in the three etl, synfig-core and synfig-studio folders. It would return all the people that have current copyrights. Review the list of commits and the patches authoring to update it properly. Review the AUTHORS in each folder and don't forget the artists and translators.

Release candidates

Following this instructions to create a tarball of the current git release, upload them to sourceforge and tag them as Release Candidate number 1, 2 etc. Create as many Release candidates as you need or consider. Ask people to download and test them. The forum and the IRC is a good place. When everything goes fine then continue the release.


  • Finalise the dates and SVN ids in NEWS.
    • You already know the release revision number and the date of the next commit. Place them correctly in the etl/NEWS, synfig-core/NEWS and synfig-studio/NEWS files.
  • Bump version numbers and ETL/synfig dependencies in the files.
    • This would imply increase the version number in the following files:
      • etl/ increase ETL version number
      • synfig-core/ increase ETL version number dependence matching the previous one and the synfig version number.
      • synfig-studio/ Increase ETL and synfig version number dependence matching the previous ones and the synfigstudio version number.
  • Double check the version numbers in and NEWS are correct. Fix them if are wrong.
  • Double check the copyright years in the README files and the about dialog are correct. Fix them if are wrong.

Create the tarball

Create a tarball to allow users to just compile and install. Run the following commands and substitute the XX versions properly. For example for etl the numbering is nowadays 0.04.12 and for synfig and synfigstudio numbering are nowadays 0.61.09. Some day we should decide what do to with version numbering.

  • This would prepare the environment variables to the correct values. local-synfig is the place where you would install the binary after test its installation.
 export PREFIX="$HOME/local-synfig"
 export PKG_CONFIG_PATH="$PKG_CONFIG_PATH:$PREFIX/lib/pkgconfig"
 export PATH="$PREFIX/bin:$PATH"
  • This creates a temporary working folder to download the source and create the tarballs.
 mkdir ~/tmp
 mkdir ~/tmp/synfig-release
  • This fetches Synfig sources from git repository.
cd ~/tmp/synfig-release
git clone git://
  • This creates the etl tarball.
 export version=0.04.12
 cd synfig/ETL/
 autoreconf -if
 ./configure --prefix="$PREFIX"
 make distcheck
 mv ETL-${version}.tar.gz ../../
 cd ../..
  • This makes test etl build and install from tarball.
 tar xf ETL-${version}.tar.gz
 cd ETL-${version}
 ./configure --prefix="$PREFIX"
 make install
 cd ..
  • This creates the synfig tarball.
 export version=0.61.09
 cd synfig/synfig-core
 libtoolize --ltdl --copy -f
 autoreconf --install --force
 ./configure --prefix="$PREFIX"
 make distcheck
 mv synfig-${version}.tar.gz ../../
 cd ../..
  • This makes test synfig build and install from tarball.
 tar xf synfig-${version}.tar.gz
 cd synfig-${version}
 ./configure --prefix="$PREFIX"
 make install
 cd ..
  • This creates the synfigstudio tarball.
 export version=0.61.09
 cd synfig/synfig-studio
 autoreconf -if
 ./configure --prefix="$PREFIX"
 make distcheck
 mv synfigstudio-${version}.tar.gz ../..
 cd ../..
  • This makes test synfigstudio build and install from tarball.
 tar xf synfigstudio-${version}.tar.gz
 cd synfigstudio-${version}
 ./configure --prefix="$PREFIX"
 make install
 cd ..

Test before send to SF

  • Test installed stuff. To run the installed synfigstudio from the tarball you've created you have to run directly from the command line:

At this point there should be some battery of tster sifz files and scripts to run various error proof tests to be sure that the release don't have nasty bugs. Share the tarball with other people that have other OS and ask them to build and run the same tests. There is not exact procedure for that. Maybe contact the People and ask them to do that job. This point is important for testing the release in different platforms, specially if there has been some changes that can have cross effects.

Make tags

  • Make tags and update the unstable branch. Run the following commands in the repository with write access:
git tag ETL-0.04.12
git tag synfig-0.61.09
git tag synfigstudio-0.61.09
git tag -f stable
git push --tags

With the appropriate version number.

Release notes

  • Write release notes based on the NEWS files. This would imply produce a new version at Releases page and its short versions (for example: Releases/0.61.08-Intro.en) to be sent to and

Upload tarballs

  • Upload tarballs to sourceforge.
    • Upload the three tarballs (ETL, synfig, synfigstudio) to SF by using the online upload or following the instructions from this link. Place each tarball in the corresponding folder.
    • Upload an proper release note file (ascii) to the Release Notes folder. Mark the Release Note checkbox from its properties.
    • Create a single tarball file including the etl, synfig, synfigstudio and the release note text file with the name of Synfig-Studio-XXX.tar.gz, where XXX is the version. Upload it to the ETL-Synfig-SynfigStudio folder and mark it as platform downloads (linux, windows, Mac <sigh>, and other).
    • For each file (etl, synfig, synfigstudio and Synfig-Studio) uploaded, select the Release Note you uploaded file as the release note for all them.

Update the rest of stuff

A week or two later, check that all the unofficial packages have been updated, if not ping them and move them to the old versions section. Also check the git versions are recent and if not move them to the old versions section.