Agent development process changes

The 20 February 2013

Hello all,

Following a meeting between the agent developers, the development process of the agent has been changed a bit. Here are some details.

branches management

“master” is now the stable branch, receiving only trivial bugfixes and new validated new features. This branch has to stable enough to allow regular new releases.

New features have to be prepared in dedicated development branches, with a name following “<branch>+<feature>” pattern. It will be merged in master branch as soon as the feature is validated.

For example, to develop a new task dedicated to coffee machines inventory:

  1. a new development branch called master+add_coffee_maker_inventory is created
  2. the new task is created, with adequate unit testing
  3. the new task is validated
  4. the development branch get merged in the master branch

Bug fix branch will be created when needed, (e.g, 2.3.x) to prepare fix-only releases. For example, 2.3.x will be created the day we need to release a 2.3.1 release to fix 2.3.0.

branches renaming

Some old branches have been renamed with a new “attic/” prefix.

Additional tasks integration

Additional agent tasks (network discovery, network inventory, ESX inventory and software deployement) developed and distributed separatly will be integrated into the agent repository, and the corresponding forge projects will be closed.

2.3.0 release

The 2.3.0 release is mostly ready. We have to work on the Windows installer to finish what Tomás Abad started some weeks ago.

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