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How to create a Slicer package

locally on your machine

After Slicer correctly build and test, to create a binary package on mac/unix:

$ cd Slicer-Superbuild/Slicer-build
$ make package

For Visual Studio on Windows, the inner Slicer (not superbuild) solution file contains a 'PACKAGE' project, just build it. You might have to install NSIS prior.

On Mac OS X, a 'dmg' file is generated, on unix it's a tar.gz archive and on Windows it's a exe installer. == automatically expose it to the Slicer community CTest can automatically create a package and upload it on and to be available to the community. You need to create a script following the template Slicer/CMake/SlicerDashboardScript.TEMPLATE.cmake. Change the following variables WITH_PACKAGES to TRUE and SCRIPT_MODE to experimental

Then you can run your script:

$ ctest -S /path/to/SlicerPackagecript.cmake -VV > /path/to/logs.txt 2>&1

Please note that the source and build directories should not be located in /usr. The libraries would be considered by the packaging mechanism as "system" libraries.

Slicer Package naming scheme


There are 2 types of builds, releases and developments:

Special builds made on a given revision (e.g. r19033: "ENH: Slicer 4.0.1")
Don't contain date or revision number.
The optional suffix -rc{1|2|3|...} identifies the release candidates leading to a final release.
Eventually, a tweak number can be added (e.g. 4.0.1-1)
Nightly or experimental builds
Contains suffixes after the major.minor.patch version
The suffix svn<REV> allows to identify the revision associated with the current package.
The -dirty prefix indicates if the package has been generated from a locally modified source tree.

Example of linux 64bits packages

[              File name               ][   date   ][ build type ][                      note                     ]
Slicer-4.0.0-linux-amd64                 2011-11-24    release     release of Slicer 4.0.0
Slicer-4.0.0-2011-12-10-linux-amd64      2011-11-25  development   nightly build after 4.0.0
Slicer-4.0.1-rc1-linux-amd64             2012-01-04    release     release candidate 1 of Slicer 4.0.1
Slicer-4.0.1-rc1-2012-01-05-linux-amd64  2012-01-05  development   nightly build after the release candidate
Slicer-4.0.1-rc2-linux-amd64             2012-01-11    release     release candidate 2 of Slicer 4.0.1
Slicer-4.0.1-rc2-2012-01-12-linux-amd64  2012-01-12  development   nightly build after the release candidate
Slicer-4.0.1-linux-amd64                 2012-01-14    release     release of Slicer 4.0.1
Slicer-4.0.1-2012-01-20-linux-amd64      2012-01-20  development   nightly build after 4.0.1
Slicer-4.0.1-1-linux-amd64               2012-01-28    release     tweak version 1 of Slicer 4.0.1
Slicer-4.0.2-linux.amd64                 2012-06-05    release     release of Slicer 4.0.2

Extension package - Naming scheme

To do when versioning

At feature freeze (~1 month before release)

  • Create Slicer-4.[X+1] branch in SlicerVTK
    • Make sure all commits are backported into VTK.
    • Start from official VTK release branch or trunk (not recommanded)
    • Try slicer with no Slicer.ini

pre release & release

  • Update modules documentation link in help section (loadable, scripted and cli)
    • And some html links in Welcome module (Modules/Loadable/SlicerWelcome/Resources/HTML)
    • Update CLI XML description files
  • Release commit with message: "ENH: Slicer 4.X.Y"
    • In Slicer4/CMakeLists.txt, update Slicer_VERSION_MAJOR, Slicer_VERSION_MINOR, Slicer_VERSION_PATCH. Uncomment and set Slicer_VERSION_TWEAK to 0, Slicer_VERSION_RC...
  • commit with message: "ENH: Begin post-4.X.Y development"
    • In Slicer4/CMakeLists.txt, comment Slicer_VERSION_TWEAK so the next builds will contain the day of build.

post release

  • Package machines
    • switch to branch (make sure at least you are on trunk otherwise)
    • update source to release revision
      • cd Slicer; svn update -r19609
    • delete build directory to force rebuild
      • cd Slicer-package; rm -rf *
    • build, package and upload with cmake
      • cd DashboardScripts; ./
      • make sure LEGACY CLIs is ON, EMSegment needs BSplineToDeformationField.
  • Generate ChangeLog using More details here .
  • Update Release Details page using generated ChangeLog
  • In Mantis
    • "Release" current target
    • Create new target
    • Check the "fixed in" fields