Need owner of Atomic 2 Week releases

Josh Boyer jwboyer at
Fri Nov 13 16:50:47 UTC 2015

On Fri, Nov 13, 2015 at 11:35 AM, Dusty Mabe <dusty at> wrote:
> On 11/13/2015 10:41 AM, Amanda Carter wrote:
>> Hey folks, creating a separate thread for this longer term discussion.
>> We're getting ready to release our first 2 week atomic update on Tuesday and
>> Dusty Mabe has raised 2 potential release blockers that were not part of
>> automated testing. It's good that he caught them, but it's also a bit of a
>> stroke of luck. Since there is no official QE for this release, who should
>> own verifying that there are no release blocking bugs prior to every
>> automated release and escalating if there are? If no one raises the blocker,
>> we'll have no way to block the release.
>> This is something that we need an answer to fairly quickly since we don't
>> even have confidence that the current release is good other than the current
>> reports. And we'll be taking this plunge again in just 2 weeks.
>> Thanks for your attention to this,
> We should really have a blocker review process for these similar to the ones
> we have for normal Fedora releases. Primary items that we should be

Are these 2 week images built from updates that are currently in
stable, or are they built from updates-testing as well?

I ask because it matters for things outside of atomic.  The release
blocker review process works because it catches things _before_ they
are released for general availability.  If the 2 week atomic images
are only composed from already stable updates, then the packages are
already out there in the project otherwise.

So if you have something "blocker" in an atomic image, you are now
forced to wait for an update to make it through the entire fedora
updates process before you can ship your 2 week image.  For something
like the kernel, that might very well mean you don't ship a 2 week
image because the fix is not in stable in sufficient time.

The atomic images might be better served by doing tests on
updates-testing packages that are included to ensure that blockers
don't otherwise show up as a surprise.  I would also recommend
reaching out to the package owners for each important package in
advance so that the atomic sig is aware of what is planned for updates
and such.


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