2.3. Release Channels¶
There are two different release channels that can be selected. The stable channel is the more stable one, while candidate releases are closer to development. Candidate releases get promoted to stable after a certain period of testing.
There are a few trade-offs between the two:
|Stability||More Stable||More Experimental|
|Features & Fixes||One month behind||Latest|
|Auto Upgrades||Optional||Mandatory |
|Anon. Usage Reporting||Optional||Mandatory|
|Support||Fully supported||Fully supported |
Run the candidate channel if you are technically savvy and enjoy new features. Run the stable channel if you want to minimize the amount of surprises you might run into.
|||Auto upgrades are not enabled in builds delivered via APT or Snap.|
|||Yes, there is intentionally no difference here.|
2.3.1. Life Cycle¶
Every new feature and bugfix begins its life in the development branch,
master. Once a month the current
master becomes a release
candidate. This version is identified by “-rc” in it’s name, for example
Those running the candidate channel will update to this release candidate.
For the next three weeks it is tested “in the wild”. Any new, serious issues
that are discovered are fixed, and new release candidates “0.14.35-rc.2” etc
are created as needed. These release candidates do not include any new
features or non-essential bugfixes added to
master in the meantime.
Stable releases are given version numbers without any suffix - “0.14.35”. Unless any serious issues were discovered, this release is exactly identical to the “-rc.1” release candidate three weeks prior.
The cycle then restarts one week later with a new release candidate based on
Releases are timed so that stable releases happen on the first Tuesday of the month. The next candidate release is one week later, on the second Tuesday of the month.
2.3.2. How to Choose¶
Built-in / GitHub¶
For releases obtained from Syncthing.net or GitHub, with built-in upgrade functionality, the choice is made in the “Settings” dialog. Set the “Automatic upgrade” drop down to either “Stable releases only” or “Stable releases and release candidates”.
The choice between stable and candidate is done in the APT source configuration. Please see our APT instructions.
snap tool can be told to install the candidate channel, but defaults
to the stable channel. See the Snap documentation for detail.
Some Other Distribution Channel¶
If you are getting packages from your Linux distribution, NAS vendor, etc., then you should be getting the stable channel. If you get a release candidate you should complain to your distributor or vendor and refer them to this page.
Which bugfixes trigger a new release candidate?¶
Those that fix a regression since the last release. Lets say the current release is 0.14.35. We release 0.14.36-rc.1 and discover a new problem that is not present in 0.14.35. This gets fixed and we release a new 0.14.36-rc.2 candidate. However, if we discover and fix a problem that’s been present since 0.14.20, this fix will instead be incorporated in the next regular cycle.
What’s the difference between the latest candidate and the following stable release?¶
Nothing. If we release 0.14.36-rc.1 and no serious problems are discovered during the next twelve days, this is the exact software that will become 0.14.36 for general consumption. Since the version number is different it requires a rebuild and the release signatures / hashes are different. If you are on the candidate channel, your Syncthing will “upgrade” from 0.14.36-rc.1 to 0.14.36 when we make the release. This is normal.