How to create release notes for gLite 3.1 release series

Create new repository

Create repository at the following location:


Details to create the repository can be found here.

Extract Savannah information

Export Savannah patch information for the patches supposed to be released.

Install SL Virtual machine

  • Install via vNode portal a fresh and clean SL machine.
  • Setup CVS:
export CVS_RSH=ssh
  • Download release tools from CVS
cvs co org.glite.integration.release
cd org.glite.integration.release
  • AND/OR, in case of release to x86_64, download release tools for x86_64 from CVS
cvs co org.glite.integration.release
cd org.glite.integration.release/x86_64
  • Download patch file (see above) from Savannah.
ALERT! Note : To create the release notes for 64Bit, you have to change into org.glite.integration.release/x86_64

Create release notes

Make sure to install openldap-servers before launching the release notes creation, since yum doesn't recognize the openldap package installed by the dag repository, via:

yum install openldap-servers

Create the release notes via: --date= --gliteRelease=3.1 --update= --patchFile= --priority= 

The script will attempt to install the target listed in lists/metapackages.R3.1.list and extract (from yum) the list of rpms which are neccessary for this metapackage. After this, it downloads the current list from the glite web server ( e.g. and compares the two lists. If a difference is found the metapackage is marked on the main page (packages/R3.1/deployment/default.asp).

ALERT! Note: In case a new metapackage needs to be released, be sure to have it listed in lists/metapackages.R3.1.list and to have a new directory in glite/packages/R3.1/deployment/ created.

As we have seen lot of error during the rpms list creation a new script is available only for this task.

 ./rpm_list_creation/   -d repo_files_url -n type_of_node -r [3.2|3.1] -a [x86_86|i386] 
for exemple
 ./rpm_list_creation/   -d -n glite-WN -r 3.2 -a x86_86
This command will create the rpm list (html and txt) in the folder /tmp/ then copy them in /mnt/glite_repository/packages/R${release}/${platform}/deployment/${nodetype}/${nodeversion}/ with he suffix _new.

Upload release notes

Upload release notes to the gLite Webserver with


Edit release notes

Edit/beautify the release notes section as they are added in raw format. Either in the exported xml (recommended) or with an html editor and mounted network drive. Linux:

 mount -t smbfs -o username=CERN\\$MYUSER // /mnt/glite_repository 
 mount -t cifs -o username=CERN\\$MYUSER // /mnt/glite_repository 

Activate the new pages

cd  /mnt/glite/glite_repository/packages/R.3/

-- FelixNikolausEhm - 17 Nov 2008

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