Releases/Thunderbird 3.0a2:BuildNotes

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Build Engineers

nthomas, gozer

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Last checkins for alpha 1:

  • cvsroot -


Tracking bug for Thunderbird 3.0a2 - bug 445991


Module Tag Pull date
cvsroot/mozilla GECKO190_20080725_RELBRANCH HEAD @ 2008-07-14 12:00 PDT (but see Tag below)
THUNDERBIRD_3_0a2_BUILD1 GECKO19_20080725_RELBRANCH @ 2008-07-24 18:14 PDT
THUNDERBIRD_3_0a2_RELEASE GECKO19_20080725_RELBRANCH @ 2008-07-24 18:14 PDT
cvsroot/l10n GECKO190_20080725_RELBRANCH HEAD @ 2008-07-14 12:00 PDT
THUNDERBIRD_3_0a2_BUILD1 GECKO19_20080725_RELBRANCH @ 2008-07-24 18:21 PDT
THUNDERBIRD_3_0a2_RELEASE GECKO19_20080725_RELBRANCH @ 2008-07-24 18:21 PDT

Build data

Type Build ID SHA1 Push date Build machine
[Windows installer] en-US: fx-win32-1.9-slave2
[Mac compressed] en-US: bm-xserve07
[Linux compressed] en-US: fx-linux-1.9-slave2

Build 1

Bootstrap tag: RELEASE_AUTOMATION_M10_1

Setup before starting:

  • look for changes to the nightly mozconfig/ files, merge any desired changes to release branch
  • tag new version of tinderbox and release automation to pick up branding changes in Thunderbird-land, RELEASE_AUTOMATION_M10_1
  • On fx-{linux,mac,win32}-1.9-slave2, set up tinderbox directories
# on linux and mac (skip to windows otherwise)
cd /builds/tinderbox/mozilla/tools/tinderbox
cd /builds/tinderbox
mkdir Tb-Mozilla1.9-Release
cd Tb-Mozilla1.9-Release

# on windows
cd /e/builds/tinderbox/mozilla/tools/tinderbox
cd /e/
mkdir tb19rel
cd tb19rel
cp /e/builds/tinderbox/mozilla/tools/tinderbox/{,,,,,,,} .

# all platforms
rm tinderbox
cvs -d co -r release -d tinderbox-configs mozilla/tools/tinderbox-configs/thunderbird/linux # or macosx or win32
ln -s tinderbox-configs/mozconfig
ln -s tinderbox-configs/
  • repeat build setup (from the mkdir above) for Tb-Mozilla1.9-l10n-Release (linux/mac) and /e/tb19l10nrel (win32); pull config from l10n_release branch of CVS
  • get tbirdbld keys onto these three slaves (for symbols, copy from tbird nightly box), and make sure has been accepted
  • didn't cleanup space on slaves, should be enough free already
  • lets go:
buildbot sendchange --username=nthomas --master=localhost:9989 -m"Thunderbird 3.0a2build1 release" gogogo


  • automated, but
    • in between mozilla/mail/locales/shipped-locales being checked out and the relbranch being created, cvs up -A on shipped-locales (to support late shipped-locales checkin see "Build" below)
    • make sure l10n checkout works on the builders, do this on a build box (this turned out to not work as expected)
cvs -d co -r THUNDERBIRD_3_0a2_RELEASE -p l10n/de/browser/README.txt

There was an execution error updating shipped-locales - the command used was just "cvs up -A" in mail/locales, so we also pulled in fixes for:

File revision at "2008-07-14 12:00 PDT" cutoff revision of tag THUNDERBIRD_3_0a2_RELEASE bug(s) for change
mail/locales/ 1.44 1.46 bug 432840, bug 445708
mail/locales/l10n.ini didn't exist 1.1 bug 445217
mail/locales/en-US/chrome/messenger/AccountWizard.dtd 1.4 1.5 bug 443908
mail/locales/en-US/chrome/messenger-newsblog/am-newsblog.dtd 1.4 1.5 bug 369159

davida signed off on these additional changes without retagging and building.


  • automated


  • automated, with issues
  • the l10n checkout trick in Tag didn't work (perhaps because it's -p to print to the screen) so the Linux repack failed to checkout out any l10n source. Manually ran the cvs command again (without -p), adjusted the master config to skip the TinderConfig and en-US build steps, and forced a linux build
  • the Mac build failed. Turns out the source timestamp provided didn't include all the of the branding changes to Shredder. We set the to use a product name of 'Thunderbird', which results in a package
  • Symbol collection failed for mac (bug 411171), fixed with
# cltbld@fx-mac-1.9-slave2
make -C /builds/tinderbox/Tb-Mozilla1.9-Release/Darwin_8.8.4_Depend/mozilla/../build/universal/ppc buildsymbols \ 
 SYMBOL_SERVER_PATH=/mnt/netapp/breakpad/symbols_tbrd \
 SYMBOL_SERVER_SSH_KEY=/Users/cltbld/.ssh/tbirdbld_dsa \
 make -C /builds/tinderbox/Tb-Mozilla1.9-Release/Darwin_8.8.4_Depend/mozilla/../build/universal/ppc uploadsymbols

Bump version numbers

Changed Thunderbird version to 3.0b1pre in comm-central - patch


l10n QA checks are here, and some locales have enough issues that we should not ship them (es-ES, ka, sk, sv-SE). Need to update shipped-locales before calling the Stage builder:

# cltbld@fx-linux-1.9-slave2
cvs stat shipped-locales      # rev1.3, up to date on GECKO190_20080725_RELBRANCH
# edit shipped-locales to remove 4 locales
cvs diff -u shipped-locales
# verify only the 4 locales above are removed
cvs ci -m "Update shipped-locales for 3.0a2 release, me=nthomas" shipped-locales
# new rev is
cvs tag THUNDERBIRD_3_0a2_STAGE shipped-locales
cvs tag -F THUNDERBIRD_3_0a2_RELEASE shipped-locales

Then force a build on the Stage builder using the buildbot waterfall.

This fails out because thunderbird is not a group on fx-linux-1.9-slave2. Fix with

# as root
groupadd thunderbird
usermod -a -G thunderbird cltbld

the switch back to cltbld and restart the buildbot slave. Remove /data/cltbld/thunderbird-3.0a2/, then force another build.

Whadyaknow, it failed again. Stopped buildbot, logged out of cltbld, logged on and restarted buildbot. Forced another build after removing /data/cltbld/thunderbird-3.0a2/.

Sign Installers

  • follow installer-signing-instructions here
  • complete stage-merged:
# on stage
cd /data/cltbld/thunderbird-3.0a2/
rsync -av batch1/mar/ stage-merged/
rsync -av batch1/stage-signed/ stage-merged/
  • Create MD5 and SHA1 checksum files
# on stage as cltbld
cd /data/cltbld/thunderbird-3.0a2/stage-merged/
~/bin/checksum-files .
  • Fix permissions & ownership (on the detached sigs and the two SUM files respectively)
chown -R cltbld:thunderbird .
chmod 644 *SUMS


  • get the last formal "go" from Thunderbird QA & release-drivers
  • push the stage-merged directory to the releases area :
# on stage
rsync -av /data/cltbld/thunderbird-3.0a2/stage-merged/ /home/ftp/pub/thunderbird/releases/3.0a2/

Update Bouncer

  • Add entries to - installers only