Committers may nominate PRs that have been merged into master as candidates for backport into stable releases if they affect the stable production usage of community users.
Backport criteria for current minor release¶
Criteria for inclusion into the next stable release of the current latest
minor version of Cilium, for example in a
v1.2.z release prior to the
release of version
- All bugfixes
Backport criteria for X.Y-1.Z and X.Y-2.Z¶
Criteria for the inclusion into the next stable release of the prior two minor
versions of Cilium, for example in a
v1.1.z release prior to
the release of version
- Security relevant fixes
- Major bugfixes relevant to the correct operation of Cilium
Cilium PRs that are marked with the label
needs-backport/X.Y need to be
backported to the stable branch
X.Y. The following steps summarize the
process for backporting these PRs:
- One-time setup
- Preparing PRs for backport
- Cherry-picking commits into a backport branch
- Posting the PR and updating GitHub labels
The scripts referred to below need to be run on Linux, they do not work on macOS. You can use the cilium dev VM for this, but you need to configure git to have your name and email address to be used in the commit messages:
$ git config --global user.name "John Doe" $ git config --global user.email [email protected]
Make sure you have a GitHub developer access token with the
public_reposscope available. For details, see contrib/backporting/README.md
This guide makes use of several tools to automate the backporting process. The basics require
git, but to automate interactions with github, further tools are required.
Dependency Required? Download Command bash Yes N/A (OS-specific) git Yes N/A (OS-specific) jq Yes N/A (OS-specific) python3 No Python Downloads PyGithub No
pip3 install PyGithub
Github hub CLI No N/A (OS-specific)
Pull requests that are candidates for backports to the X.Y stable release are tracked through the following links:
- PRs with the needs-backport/X.Y label (1.7: GitHub Link)
- PRs with the backport-pending/X.Y label (1.7: GitHub Link)
- The X.Y GitHub project (1.7: GitHub Link)
Make sure that the Github labels are up-to-date, as this process will deal with
all commits from PRs that have the
needs-backport/X.Y label set (for a
stable release version X.Y). If any PRs contain labels such as
backport-pending/X.Y, ensure that the backport for that PR have been merged
and if so, change the label to
Creating the backports branch¶
contrib/backporting/start-backportfor the release version that you intend to backport PRs for. This will pull the latest repository commits from the Cilium repository (assumed to be the git remote
origin), create a new branch, and runs the
contrib/backporting/check-stablescript to fetch the full set of PRs to backport.
$ GITHUB_TOKEN=xxx contrib/backporting/start-backport 1.0
This command will leave behind a file in the current directory with a name based upon the release version and the current date in the form
vRELEASE-backport-YYYY-MM-DD.txtwhich contains a prepared backport pull-request description so you don’t need to write one yourself.
Cherry-pick the commits using the master git SHAs listed, starting from the oldest (top), working your way down and fixing any merge conflicts as they appear. Note that for PRs that have multiple commits you will want to check that you are cherry-picking oldest commits first. The
cherry-pickscript accepts multiple arguments, in which case it will attempt to apply each commit in the order specified on the command line until one cherry pick fails or every commit is cherry-picked.
$ contrib/backporting/cherry-pick <oldest-commit-sha> ... $ contrib/backporting/cherry-pick <newest-commit-sha>
(Optional) If there are any commits or pull requests that are tricky or time-consuming to backport, consider reaching out for help on Slack. If the commit does not cherry-pick cleanly, please mention the necessary changes in the pull request description in the next section.
Push your backports branch to cilium repo.
$ git push -u origin
Creating the backport pull request¶
The backport pull-request may be created via CLI tools, or alternatively you can use the GitHub web interface to achieve these steps.
Via command-line tools¶
These steps require all of the tools described in the One-time setup
section above. It pushes the git tree, creates the pull request and updates
the labels for the PRs that are backported, based on the
vRELEASE-backport-YYYY-MM-DD.txt file in the current directory.
Via GitHub web interface¶
- Create a new PR from your branch towards the feature branch you are
backporting to. Note that by default Github creates PRs against the
masterbranch, so you will need to change it. The title and description for the pull request should be based upon the
vRELEASE-backport-YYYY-MM-DD.txtfile that was generated by the scripts above.
- Label the new backport PR with the backport label for the stable branch such
backport/X.Yas well as
kind/backportsso that it is easy to find backport PRs later.
- Mark all PRs you backported with the backport pending label
backport-pending/X.Yand clear the
After the backports are merged¶
After the backport PR is merged, mark all backported PRs with
backport-done/X.Y label and clear the
backport-pending/X.Y label(s). If
the backport pull request description was generated using the scripts above,
then the full command is listed in the pull request description.
# Set PR 1234's v1.0 backporting labels to done contrib/backporting/set-labels.py 1234 done 1.0.