Geeklog Release Procedures

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This page outlines the necessary steps to perform before, during, and after the release of a new Geeklog version.


  • Obviously, plans for a new release should have been discussed on geeklog-devel. For security releases, the discussion may happen on geeklog-security only.
  • Notify the geeklog-translations mailing list to give translators a chance and a timeframe to update their translations.

The Tarball

  • Make sure you update history file in docs with version and release date (and readme in root directory if needed)
  • Confirm correct Geeklog version number in /public_html/sitconfig.php, /public_html/admin/install/classes/installer.class.php, and /build.xml
  • Make sure all language files are synched
    • This process will use the English language files and synch with all other languages for Geeklog, The Installer, and all core plugins
    • Open your command prompt and to the top directory of your local Geeklog repository
    • Type: .\system\build\vendor\phing\phing\bin\phing.bat lang
    • Once complete commit any updated language files
  • For building an install package we use phing (which uses a config file called “build.xml” in the top directory).
    • Go to your Geeklog repository top directory in command prompt
    • Confirm latest repository and make sure no old compressed install packages exist (or they will be rolled into the new package).
    • Type: .\system\build\vendor\phing\phing\bin\phing.bat dist
    • Once the process complete you will get a file “geeklog-2.1.2.tar.gz” in the top directory
    • If this is a beta or release candidate then the file will need to be renamed to: geeklog-2.1.2-b1.tar.gz or: geeklog-2.1.2-rc1.tar.gz
  • Create a new release on GitHub
    • Visit
    • Create a release and make sure to tag it the correct version number (it will be tagged in the repository), for example: v2.1.2 or v2.1.2-rc1 (for release candidate) or v2.1.2-b1 (for beta)
  • Visit
    • Add the new release to the downloads plugin
    • Add a new article about the release pointing to the correct download
  • unpack tarball on the server
  • update site


  • TBD: document traps and pitfalls

The following files need special handling when updating

  • remove the bundled lib-custom.php and robots.txt and use the copies already present on the webserver instead
  • check db-config.php and siteconfig.php for any required changes
  • lib-common.php: add the require_once line for the Bad Behavior plugin
  • footer.thtml: make sure the version number is visible and add the "hosted by" link (as per our agreement with pair Networks).
  • style.css: add plugin-specific CSS, e.g. for the Forum plugin
  • The Download block on the top right uses a block header template without a title, so add this to the theme's functions.php:
    $_BLOCK_TEMPLATE['download'] = 'blockheader-notitle-right.thtml,blockfooter.thtml';
    and make sure the blockheader-notitle-right.thtml template file exists.
  • As of Geeklog 2.1.0 the geeklognet_theme is now the default theme used by It is based on the Modern Curve theme which is also required in the themes directory. On upgrades for the geeklognet_theme remember to update the jquery_ui directory and the images directory with any changes from the Modern Curve theme. As far as template files are concerned only the files we modified directly for should be in the geeklognet_theme directory and the Modern Curve theme should be the stock theme from the release.


The following "Cool Hacks" are installed on

  • input type="search". The modern curve search box is located in leftblocks.thtml template file.

Information to Update

Geeklog Sites

  • Make sure you update history file in docs with version and release date (and readme in root directory if needed) before tarball creation
  • After approving the tarball from the File Management submission queue (the file can take up to 15 minutes to appear after adding the tag to the repository), go to the list of current versions. Edit all non-current versions and change their category from "Geeklog" to "Geeklog > old versions".
  • Publish an article on
    • summarize the changes in this release
    • include a link to the entry in the download area
    • Convention for the story ID: geeklog-x.y.z, e.g. geeklog-1.5.2, geeklog-1.4.0sr6
    • Add story to the Geeklog topic and the Announcements topic (default). Make sure both are set to inherit
    • Announcements of new versions go into the Announcements topic. For security releases, either post the announcement in the Security topic, or post two articles (one in Announcements and the details of the security issues in Security).
    • don't forget to send pingbacks and ping weblog directories
  • Update the versionchecker.php script (not for betas/release candidates).
    • Once updated, the new version of the script should be added to the tools repository.
  • Send out an email to the geeklog-announce mailing list.
    • Provide a brief description of the release and link to the article for details.
  • Update the wiki frontpage (not for betas/release candidates)
  • Update the bugtracker (not for betas/release candidates) to ensure the version is removed from the Roadmap and added in dropdowns available for bugreports:
    • Go to Manage -> Manage Projects -> Geeklog 1 -> Versions
    • Edit the version: Set the release date, check the "Released" checkbox
    • Additionally, post a news item on the bugtracker frontpage
  • Notify Ironmax at that the demo site needs to be updated to use the latest version of Geeklog (not for betas/release candidates). Once updated you will also need to update the Resources block with the correct version number of the demo site.

External Sites

These sites should only be notified about final and security releases (i.e. not for betas and release candidates):