Steps to a Successful Release

  1. Add all items to NEWS
  2. Update the contributors list in NEWS (ninja -C build git-contrib)
  3. Update the time and place in NEWS
  4. Update version and library numbers in
  5. Tag the release: version=vXXX-rcY && git tag -s "${version}" -m "systemd ${version}"
  6. Do ninja -C build
  7. Make sure that the version string and package string match: build/systemctl --version
  8. Upload the documentation: ninja -C build doc-sync
  9. [After final release] Close the github milestone and open a new one (
  10. “Draft” a new release on github (, mark “This is a pre-release” if appropriate.
  11. Check that announcement to systemd-devel, with a copy&paste from NEWS, was sent. This should happen automatically.
  12. Update IRC topic (/msg chanserv TOPIC #systemd Version NNN released)
  13. [After final release] Also push commits to stable, create an empty -stable branch: git push systemd-stable origin/master:master origin/master:refs/heads/${version}-stable, and change the default branch to latest release (