The SaltStack team follows a git policy to maintain stability and consistency with the repository.
The git policy has been developed to encourage contributions and make contributing to Salt as easy as possible. Code contributors to SaltStack projects DO NOT NEED TO READ THIS DOCUMENT, because all contributions come into SaltStack via a single gateway to make it as easy as possible for contributors to give us code.
The primary rule of git management in SaltStack is to make life easy on contributors and developers to send in code. Simplicity is always a goal!
All new SaltStack code should be submitted against
SaltStack maintains two types of releases,
Feature Releases and
Point Releases (also commonly referred to as
Bugfix Releases. A
feature release is managed by incrementing the first or second release point
number, so 2015.5.5 -> 2015.8.0 signifies a feature release
and 2015.8.0 -> 2015.8.1 signifies a point release.
Each feature release is maintained in a dedicated git branch derived from the
last applicable release commit on develop. All file changes relevant to the
feature release will be completed in the
master branch prior to the creation
of the feature release branch. The feature release branch will be named after
the relevant numbers to the feature release, which constitute the first two
numbers. This means that the release branch for the 2015.8.0 series is named
A feature release branch is created with the following command:
# git checkout -b 2015.8 # From the master branch # git push origin 2015.8
As documented in SEP 14, point releases should be rare.