Starting a new release cycle.

In order to start a new release cycle you need to be an administrator of cms-sw/cmssw, cms-sw/cmsdist and cms-sw/cms-bot

The following needs to happen:

  • Run cms-bot/new-release-cycle script to setup new release cycle. This creates new release branch (based on existing development branches), setup new milestone, move all the open PRs for cmssw master branch to new milestone and update cms-bot files (,,, and
    export CYCLE=CMSSW_10_0_X
    git clone
    cd cms-bot
    PYTHONPATH=/cvmfs/ ./new-release-cycle --cycle ${CYCLE}
  • Verify (git diff) the changes it made in cms-bot. Disable any IBs for old development release cycle by appending DISABLED=1;IB_WEB_PAGE=1; (DISABLED=1 to stop building IBs, IB_WEB_PAGE=1 to keep showing the already build IBs on CMS IBs dashboard) at the end of each IB line in e.g. to disable special ROOT6 IB

    will become

  • Update (if needed) for new release cycle (use existing reference for the new cycle).
  • Update cmssw known errors for new release cycle (if needed) in cms-bot/
  • Commit and push these changes
  • Go to and update base branch to IB/$CYCLE/master for those PRs which were opened for previous release cycle
    git commit -a -m "setup new developement cycle ${CYCLE}"
    git push origin