Mapserver 4.6.0 was released on June 14, 2005. The release plan is still available below for reference.


This 4.6 release plan was agreed between the developers. Information below may still change slightly as the release progresses.

Planned Dates

Based on our experience with the other 4.x releases, we will plan for 3 betas over a 6 weeks period after the code freeze. This would lead us to a final release in early June:

  • Feature freeze - April 20th, 2005
  • 4.6.0-beta1 - April 25th (done on 2005-04-26)
  • 4.6.0-beta2 - May 9th (done on 2005-05-11)
  • 4.6.0-beta3 - May 23rd (done on 2005-05-27)
  • 4.6.0-rc1 - May 30th (done on 2005-06-09)
  • 4.6.0 (final) - June 6th (done on 2005-06-14)

CVS Tags/Branches?

  • The main trunk (HEAD) in CVS is currently the 4.5 development version that we plan to release as 4.6
  • The stable CVS branch for this release will be called "branch-4-6" (not created yet).
  • Current proposed date for creating "branch-4-6" is the date of the 4.6.0 release (around June 6th)
  • If post-4.6 developments require earlier branching then please bring up your request for branching on the -dev list.
  • The betas will be tagged in CVS as "rel-4-6-0-beta1", "rel-4-6-0-beta2", ... and the releases as "rel-4-6-0", "rel-4-6-1", etc...

Bugzilla Conventions

In order to facilitate querying the bugzilla database for bugs that still need to be addressed for this release, we try to stick to the following conventions:

  • Bugs to be addressed for this release must have their target milestone set to "4.6 release"
  • Bugs/Enhancements? that can't make it in this release but that we may want to address at a later time should be marked with the "FUTURE" target milestone with a comment explaining that the bug is postponed and if possible a quick analysis
  • The target milestone on a bug should be set by the developers (bug owners) and not by the users (reporters).

Other good practices when dealing with bugs:

  • Please file bugs for any non-trivial bugfix or change to the software. This is so that we keep a trace for future reference of all bugfixes and changes that were made (why and how).
  • Please mark bugs ASSIGNED as soon as you start working on them
  • Please when marking a bug fixed include a comment describing the fix, the version of the software in which it was done, and any other relevant information. This will just make our lives easier in a few months/years when questions come up about this issue.
  • When committing to CVS, please include the bug number in your CVS change log comment.
  • Keep documentation in mind when fixing/changing things: if you cannot update the documentation yourself then please create a documentation bug describing the new feature/change and which document(s) should be updated.

The following query returns all currently open bugs that are tagged with the "4.6 release" target milestone:

Open Tasks

  • Documentation updates - Coordinate with all documentation contributors to bring all documents up to date for the release
    • Resp: Kari
    • Bug #:
    • Status:

Completed Tasks

Once completed, the tasks above should be moved down here.

  • MapServer performance issue - Z and M cause performance lost
    • Resp: Julien
    • Bug #: 1244
    • Status: Completed
  • MapServer performance issue - Label outline performance issue
    • Resp: Steve / Julien
    • Bug #: 1243
    • Status: Set to Future, See bug for details
  • Layer tolerance - Tolerance default value should be based on the layer type
    • Resp: Steve / Julien
    • Bug #: 1103
    • Status: Completed
  • GEOS Integration
    • Resp: Steve
    • Bug #: 770
    • Status: done
  • Support for GML Profiles
    • Resp: Steve
    • Bug #: 950
    • Status: done
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