[Gluster-devel] Should glusterfs-3.10 become the new default with its first release?

Joe Julian joe at julianfamily.org
Fri Feb 17 17:37:58 UTC 2017

On 02/17/17 09:33, Shyam wrote:
> On 02/17/2017 12:01 PM, Niels de Vos wrote:
>> I've been preparing the GlusterFS 3.10 released for the CentOS Storage
>> SIG, and that means I need to craete a new centos-release-gluster310
>> package. This is the package that users install when they want to enable
>> the YUM repository from the SIG.
>> Users are recommended to execute the following commands:
>>   # yum install centos-release-gluster
> When users *chose* the above, what did they actually choose to do? 
> Stay at the latest LTM for Gluster?
> What I mean is, when a user chooses explicitly to do "yum install 
> centos-release-gluster38", the choice is clear, they want to be on 3.8 
> till they choose to add the repo for 3.10 or other.
> So, in the former case, when they chose to add centos-release-gluster, 
> what was the choice made? To stay at the latest LTM, then we should 
> modify it, else we should not.

centos-release-gluster should be the most long-term stable release 
possible. Bugs should be fixed, security issues as well, obviously. No 
new features. No API changes, imho.

If a systems engineer wants to test or deploy a specific version, they 
should have to take on that responsibility manually.

> At a later date when we choose to modify it to say 3.10.x (x>0), what 
> is the decision based on? How do we communicate that to the users?
>>   # yum install glusterfs-server
>> Now, the current default for centos-release-gluster is that GlusterFS
>> 3.8.x is made available. Users can install centos-release-gluster39
>> explicitly, but it is not an update that will replace the 3.8 version.
>> Should the centos-release-gluster package (well, it is privided by
>> others) install the 3.8 YUM repository for a while until 3.10.1 is
>> released (or such)? Or, shall I make 3.10 the new default?
> I think I understand your thought process here, which I presume is to 
> gain a level of stability in 3.10 (if it is not the case out of the 
> door), before unleashing it on unsuspecting users.
> For me it depends on what centos-release-gluster means, and defining 
> the criteria for updating the same, which then becomes easier to repeat.
>> I aim to not replace the existing 3.8 deployments, they can stay on 3.8
>> for an other ~6 months:
>>   https://www.gluster.org/community/release-schedule/
>> Thanks,
>> Niels
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