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CHICKEN release policy ===

  1. The CHICKEN core system is maintained in a git repository as described in Development where the master branch represents the official development status.
  2. Critical bugfixes are normally applied directly to the master branch, and less critical changes or changes that would be disruptive are made on the experimental branch.
  3. In more or less regular intervals, changes from the experimental branch are merged into master, bumping the patch-level of the release number (for example "4.5.0" -> "4.5.1") and tagging the repository with a tag identical to the release number. Once tagged, a development snapshot is automatically generated and placed in dev-snapshots,
  4. The development snapshot is untested and not guaranteed to work. It is not an official CHICKEN release.
  5. If enough changes for a regular release have accumulated in the master branch, it is merged into the prerelease branch and from there into the release branch. A tag pushed into the release branch will trigger automatic generation of a release tarball.
  6. Last-minute fixes to a release and updating the version number can so take place in prerelease without getting disturbed by development in the other, more active branches.
  7. The release tarballs are kept in the releases directory, and the URL to a release follows a fixed per-release pattern, e.g.:

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  1. The URL always points to the latest official release of CHICKEN.