Development Workflow



The issue was just created, requires triage.
The issue is waiting on input from the reporter.
The issue was reproduced or confirmed as a genuine bug.
Fix Committed
The fix has been merged into a development or release branch.
Fix Released
The fix has been released.
Not a bug.
Won’t Fix
This is a valid issue, but we don’t intend to fix that.
This issue contains similar information to another issue.

Importance Priority

Importance labels should be set when the status reaches Confirmed stage. It is a combination of short-term impact (unavailability of a feature), long-term impact (data corruption, security breach), number of people affected, and presence of a documented workaround. Use these as guidelines:

Data corruption / complete failure affecting most users, no workaround.
Data corruption / complete failure affecting most users, with workaround. Failure of a significant feature, no workaround.
Failure of a significant feature, with workaround. Failure of a fringe feature, no workaround.
Small issue with an easy workaround. Any other insignificant bug.
Not really a bug, but a suggested improvement.

Issues Lifecycle

All new issues submitted by community users initially should have status New.

If issue is lacking information to reproduce or assess importance of the issue, it’s status should be changed to Incomplete.

Once the issue is reproduced it should be prioritized and assigned status Confirmed.

When the issue is merged into development or release branch it’s status s hould be updated to Fix Committed.

Note: Since Galaxy is a community project, we should be careful about closing issues. Closing issues before release leads to users confusion, because it’s unclear whether the fix is applied or not.

When the issue is released, it should be updated with status Fix Released, the milestone the milestone/version it was fixed in and then closed.

If the issue is closed with status Invalid or Won’t fix it should include comment that describes motivation behind the decision.

Branching strategy

Branch devel

devel branch is the default branch in Galaxy repository. It is used as a primary merge target for all feature and bugfix pull requests.

Branch master

master branch points to a latest release version, which is running on Galaxy web site.

Release branches

Release branches release/x.x.x, whhere x.x.x is for next release version, are used for release preparation. Pull requests that are intended to be released as a part of next release version should be merged to release branch following Release process.

Backport process

Prepare your devel, stable, and feature branches:

git fetch upstream
git checkout -b backport/3.0/[PR_NUMBER_FROM_DEVEL] upstream/release/3.0

Cherry pick the relevant commit SHA from the devel branch into your feature branch, handling merge conflicts as necessary:

git cherry-pick -x [SHA_FROM_DEVEL]

Add a changelog entry for the change, and commit it. Then push your feature branch to your fork on GitHub:

git push origin backport/3.0/[PR_NUMBER_FROM_DEVEL]

Submit the pull request for backport/3.0/[PR_NUMBER_FROM_DEVEL] against the release/3.0 branch.

Name your pull request accordingly to the original one. Include a reference to the original pull request into description in format (. Assign a backport label.


Improve breadcrumbs

* Update header to accept icon parameter.
* Hide breadcrumbs on small devices.
* Make line under header extend width of page.

Issue: #718
Backport: #961

(cherry picked from commit 459f13c0c39f65a99dc1736a0fa09250f37e86ea)

Release process

Merge release/<x.x.x> branch to master:

git checkout master
git merge -m "Release <x.x.x>" release/<x.x.x>

Tag merge commit as v<x.x.x>:

git tag -s -m "Release <x.x.x>"

Push merge commit and release tag to upstream repository:

git push upstream master
git push upstream v<x.x.x>