Release Overview

The general process is perhaps a little unconventional, we have three elements to consider.

  1. The backend / server code (Scala)
  2. The front-end / UI (JavaScript)
  3. The debian package available via apt-get

Each is managed separately but should be consistent in terms of the release artifacts.

To do this, we:

  1. Prepare a draft release using Github releases
  2. As the UI project is copied into the backend project as JavaScript assets (using, the UI project is not tagged or released via Github
  3. When ready, run to tag and publish the tagged version to the debian repository
  4. Update the release in the Github releases page to include the tag and publish


The software is released using a major/minor number scheme with a Git SHA postfix. For example:

$ temperature-machine -- -v
temperature-machine 2.1 (56add8)

SHA updates are generally used to get small increments out without the overhead of a “proper” release.


Tag and Release

To do release:

  1. draft a new release via the Github release page
  2. Tag the release consistently with the version field in build.sbt
  3. Create and deploy the Debian package (see below). This will also tag git
  4. Update the Github release page with the tag

Post release:

  1. Update the version field in build.sbt (don’t bother with a SNAPSHOT postfix, we use the SHA to discriminate)

NB. We could look into automating this with the sbt-release plugin at some point. This would usually prepare a JAR, tag and copy the JAR to a local maven repo. We’re not interested in publishing the JAR via a Maven repository, instead we want to create a Debian package and publish that (so could delegate to our bash script from within a custom release “step”).

Debian Package

To create the Debian package and push it to the Robotooling repository, run the following: