Building a release

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Build Biopython in 21 easy steps!!

1. make sure I have the latest code

   drevil:~biopython> cvs update -P -d 

2. bump version numbers:

  • Biopython version - edit Bio/
  • Biopython Tutorial - update the date/version line in the Doc/Tutorial.tex file
  • Make sure to commit the modified files to CVS.

3. make sure the README file is still up to date

4. add any important info to NEWS or DEPRECATED - you can get a log of recent CVS changes like this (adjust the date accordingly):

   > cvs log -b -N -S -d'>2009-04-20'

5. make sure CONTRIB still current

6. make sure is still up to date

  • Are there any new modules which should get installed?
  • You don't need to update version in itself (this is now done in Bio/ as described above)

7. do last check to make sure things are checked in

   > rm -r build
   > rm Tests/*.pyc
   > make clean -C Doc
   > cvs update -P -d 

8. build Biopython and do last regression test

   drevil:~biopython> python build 
   drevil:~biopython> python install 
   drevil:~biopython/Tests> python

9. check out clean version somewhere else

   drevil:~tmp1/> cvs -d checkout biopython 

10. make documentation PDF, text and HTML files in Doc

   drevil:~biopython/Doc> make
   drevil:~biopython/Doc> make clean

11. make MANIFEST. First, make sure up to date.

   > python sdist --manifest-only 

12. make sure the regression tests run here (anything with C code won't work of course, as we haven't compiled it).

   drevil:~tmp1/biopython/Tests/> python

13. make the source distribution

   drevil:~tmp1/biopython> python sdist --formats=gztar,zip 

14. untar the file somewhere else

   drevil:~tmp2> tar -xzvf ../tmp1/biopython/dist/biopython-1.00a1.tar.gz
  • Check to make sure it includes the HTML and PDF files under Doc

15. make sure I can build and test it

   drevil:~tmp2/biopython-1.00a1/> python build
   drevil:~tmp2/biopython-1.00a1/> python test
   drevil:~tmp2/biopython-1.00a1/> python install --root . 

16. add CVS tag

   drevil:~biopython> cvs tag biopython-100a1 

17. Update API documentation using Epydoc.

  • Go to the /usr/local/lib/python2.4/site-packages (or equivalent) directory. Running epydoc in your CVS tree works, but can miss some packages due to import errors.
   epydoc -o ~/api -u -n Biopython --docformat plaintext Bio BioSQL
  • Move the generated ~/api directory to replace /home/websites/ on (aka

18. scp or ftp the .tar.gz, .zip and Windows installer files to the Biopython website, folder /home/websites/ on (aka

19. update the website:

20. clean up the tmp directories I made

21. send email to and (see mailing lists)

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