M5 wasn’t without drama. Late Friday afternoon, the UI team asked for a rebuild toward 3.5M5 to include a new splash screen. How could this go wrong? A rebuild with one file change. What could be simpler?
I woke up on Saturday morning confident that the build would be ready to promote. Instead of quality time with my laptop I’d be able to spend time snowshoeing with my favourite mathematician. Unfortunately, this was not to be. The build was missing the eclipse executables (eclipse.exe, eclipsec. exe etc). Hmm, I don’t think this is a cosmetic bug. One file change and the executables went away? This seems like overkill.
When running the p2 director to provision the bundles for the build from the repo, there were signing errors in the .logs. I ran a test build with signing. The build had the same error. I ran a test build without signing. The executables were back. I ran jarsigner -verify on the bundles on a signed build. The junit 3.8.2 bundle had a signing error in the manifest. Interestingly enough, Denis had changed the signing certificate on eclipse.org on Friday.
At this point I suspected the problem was that the Orbit bundles were signed by the old certificate and the new bundles that we had just compiled in our build were signed in the old certificate. We resign the Orbit bundles in our build. (I’ve opened this bug to avoid this in the future).
Martin Oberhuber and David Williams ran a Orbit build on Sunday night which was signed by the new certificate. I ran a test build with this new build. The executables were back! Monday morning I promoted an Orbit build to Stable, and started a new build toward M5. Andrew Niefer determined that the root cause of the problem was that the junit bundle had a nested jar with a bogus signature. The end was near of this milestone saga! I could finally start releasing my patches that I had prepared for M6.
I was pinged on IRC by a certain PDE committer from Austin who will remain nameless. “Kim? Is there another build toward m5?” This PDE bug was approved by the PMC for inclusion in M5 yesterday afternoon. Another rebuild.
Here are the bugs with the details.
I’ll celebrate the release of M5 with a cookie. Enjoy.