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Releasing Epsilon to Maven Central

This article describes the overall process required to release a new stable release of Epsilon to Maven Central. There are a few steps involved, some of which are outside our control. The guide will describe the steps that we do control, and point you to the relevant resources for the others.

Preparation

The first step is to gain deploy rights to our org.eclipse.epsilon groupId in the Sonatype OSS Nexus repository. To do this, please register at the Sonatype JIRA and give your JIRA username to the Epsilon release engineer(s), so we may file a ticket to have deploy rights granted to you.

Testing the Plain Maven build

Our plain Maven artifacts are built through a parallel hierarchy of pom-plain.xml files, starting from the root of the Epsilon repository. To do a plain Maven compilation + test build from scratch, simply run this:

mvn -f pom-plain.xml clean test

Keep in mind that plain Maven builds do not run unit tests, as we already run those in the Tycho build. Make sure that all tests pass in the Tycho build first.

Double check the dependencies in the various pom-plain.xml files, especially those related to external libraries.

Check the project metadata in the pom-plain.xml file, which lists the current developers, SCM URLs, and other details.

Preparing a Maven release branch

Once the new stable version of Epsilon has been tagged, create a Maven release branch with:

git checkout -b maven-RELEASE RELEASE-TAG

Set the version in the pom-plain.xml files:

mvn -f pom-plain.xml versions:set

Enter the version number of the release, and create a commit for it:

git add ...
git commit -m "Set plain Maven versions to RELEASE"

Push the commit to Jenkins:

git push

If you need to make any other tweaks for the Maven release, you may want to try them here first rather than pollute master. Once the release is out, you may want to cherry-pick those tweaks back into master.

Release to Maven Central

The Jenkins build will automatically sign the plain Maven JARs and create a new staging repository in the OSSRH Sonatype Nexus server. It will also attempt to "close" it to modification, which will trigger the Maven Central validation rules. If one of these rules fail, the repository will be left open: the violations will be recorded in the Jenkins build logs, and you can try to manually close the repository and see those checks applied once more.

As a precaution, we require all staging repositories to be manually checked before we release them to Maven Central. Once the Jenkins build passes, log into Sonatype OSS with your JIRA credentials and check the "Staging Repositories" section. Search for "epsilon" and you should be able to see the newly created staging repository.

Select the repository and check in the "Contents" tab that everything is in order. If you are not happy with it, you can drop the repository, add more commits to the Maven release branch, and retry the upload. If you are happy with the contents, click on "Release" and enter an appropriate message in the "Reason" field (usually, "Stable release RELEASE of Eclipse Epsilon" suffices).

After about an hour or so, the staging repository will disappear, and after a few hours the contents of the repository should be available from Maven Central. This may take up to a day, so be patient!