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

  • Tagging a revision in the repository will trigger the automatic creation of a Geeklog tarball
  • The tarball will automatically show up in the submission queue of the File Management plugin on the Geeklog homepage
  • 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
  • header.thtml: check meta links, specifically the one to the favicon. In case of style sheet changes, update the ?v= parameter in the rel="stylesheet" link.
  • 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

Information to Update

Geeklog Sites

  • 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
    • 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 channel topic on #geeklog on
  • 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

External Sites

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