[gmx-users] stable branch using git

Sikandar Mashayak symashayak at gmail.com
Wed May 1 02:50:38 CEST 2013

Hi Justin

Thanks for explanation. But I am a bit confused because I am new to git.
When I check out release-4-6 branch, the source code should be the same as
the one in tarball from Gromacs website, right? When I run git status I get
# On branch release-4-6
nothing to commit (working directory clean), I believe that means I have
the released version of the code.

The reason I am doing this is that I want to have just one directory for
gromacs with subdirectories for its src, build and binaries. And in future,
instead of downloading new releases, I want to just pull the changes and
re-build. Also, I plan to clone the same src directory on my different
machines, so that I can have the same version on all machines. Hopefully,
in the future I may start doing some modifications here n there.


On Tue, Apr 30, 2013 at 7:38 PM, Justin Lemkul <jalemkul at vt.edu> wrote:

> On 4/30/13 8:28 PM, Sikandar Mashayak wrote:
>> Thanks Justin.
>> I replaced release-4-5-patches with release-4-6 while checking out the
>> branch.
>> When I installed it and checked the version string I get VERSION
>> 4.6.2-dev-20130429-d13fc48.
>> Does that mean I got the version which is still under development and not
>> stable and tested?
>> Should I be concerned using it to do a production run?
> We generally discourage anyone from doing production work with anything
> that's not an official release.  Anything you pull from the git repo is a
> work in progress.  Periodic releases are generated when the code is
> believed to be production-ready.  We do code review and build testing and
> each patch is as reliable as we believe it to be :)
> The reference to a "stable branch" is probably a bit misleading, but the
> master branch is currently undergoing large-scale changes, leaving it
> perhaps a bit more "unstable" than release-4-6.  The release-4-6 branch is
> the one from which the development team is producing actual releases.
> If you want the latest version, just download the 4.6.1 tarball from the
> Gromacs website.  Version 4.6.2 should be out fairly soon, but there are
> some issues that are still being cleaned up.
> -Justin
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