On Tue, Mar 15, 2016 at 11:35:31AM -0400, Robert Haas wrote:
> At the recent PostgreSQL developer meeting in Brussels, a consensus
> was reached that an early beta, leading to an on-time release, would
> be very desirable.  In particular, it was suggested that we should
> attempt to release PostgreSQL 9.6beta1 in May.  The release management
> team has determined that this will require a feature freeze in early
> April.  Accordingly, the release management has decided that all
> feature patches destined for PostgreSQL 9.6 must be committed no later
> than April 8, 2016.  Any patch not committed prior to 2016-04-09
> 00:00:00 GMT may not be committed to PostgreSQL 9.6 unless (a) it is a
> bug fix, (b) it represents essential cleanup of a previously-committed
> patch, or (c) the release management team has approved an extension to
> the deadline for that particular patch.
> As of the time when feature freeze goes into effect, all patches
> remaining in the CommitFest will be either moved to the next
> CommitFest, if they are as of that time in a state of Needs Review or
> Ready for Committer; or marked as Returned with Feedback, if they are
> in a state of Waiting on Author.  The release management team
> encourages patch authors and reviewers, the CommitFest manager (David
> Steele), and all other community members to keep the status of each
> patch in the CommitFest accurate throughout the CommitFest, and
> particularly as the feature freeze deadline approaches.
> The release management team anticipates approving exceptions to the
> feature freeze deadline only if the following criteria are met: (1)
> the extension is requested by a committer who actually intends to
> commit the patch before the extension lapses; (2) the release
> management team believes that the patch has sufficient consensus to
> proceed with it; (3) the release management team believes that
> accepting the patch will not destabilize the tree or otherwise
> compromise the PostgreSQL community's ability to get a beta out the
> door on schedule; and (4) the proposed extension does not extend
> beyond April 15, 2016.

Reminder: the PostgreSQL 9.6 feature freeze takes effect in under six days, at
2016-04-09 00:00:00 GMT.

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