Record Layer Versions
The Record Layer is released in several variants, depending on which version of the Protobuf API is used and whether or not Protobuf is renamed (“shaded”).
|Protobuf 2||Protobuf 3|
In the shaded versions,
com.google classes will be renamed to
Code generated by one version of
protoc is generally not compatible with the Protobuf runtime classes from another version.
<groupId>org.foundationdb</groupId> <artifactId>fdb-record-layer-core</artifactId> <version>2.8.+</version>
Record Layer versions are major.minor.build.patch.
New versions are typically cut off of the master branch of the Record Layer repository. In that case, the major and minor versions are specified by the
version property within
gradle.properties and the patch version will be
0. (The build version is monotonically increasing.) However, in certain circumstances, bug fixes or even some backwards-compatible features might be cherry-picked to older releases. In that case, the patch will be non-zero and the major, minor, and build versions will match the version of the older release.
The corollary to this is that it is not always true that a “newer” version of the Record Layer contains all changes in an “older” version (where “newer” and “older” are determined only by looking at the version number). For example, suppose a bug is discovered on master and the fix is released as part of version 188.8.131.52 and also back-ported and included in version 184.108.40.206. Then the fix won’t be in version 220.127.116.11 even though 18.104.22.168 is “newer” than 22.214.171.124. In general, however, the following should be the case:
a.b.c1.0contains all changes in version
c1 > c2.
a.b.c.d1contains all changes in version
d1 > d2.
Users are encouraged to check the release notes to see when changes introduced in a patch branch are made available in the master release train.
API Stability Annotations
Classes and methods annotations using
@API determine when they can be changed in a backwards-incompatible way or removed. See the Javadoc for more details.
STABLEwill not change until the major version is incremented. At that time, they may also change status to something less stable.
MAINTAINEDwill not change until the minor version is incremented. At that time, only the status changes to
DEPRECATED. This indicates that in the next minor version they will change / be removed.
UNSTABLEcan change in a minor release without other advance notice.
DEPRECATEDcan be removed in a minor release without other advance notice.
EXPERIMENTALcan change / be removed in any build without notice.
Creating a Patch Branch
Patch branches should be named
fdb-record-layer-a.b.cafter the build from which they are created.
The new patch branch should be made using the tag created for the starting build.
git checkout -b fdb-record-layer-a.b.c a.b.c.0
using the starting version.
docs/ReleaseNotes.md, move the template for release notes for the next release to be just above the release note for the starting version
Commit and push the new branch upstream.
Create patch fix pull requests against this new branch.
There may be conflicts in the
docs/ReleaseNotes.mdfiles when the patch branch is merged into master. Be sure whenever merging that branch in that (1) the version on master is not accidentally changed and (2) the release notes file contains all release notes from both branches after the merge.