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Re: missing explanation of Stage 4 in GCC Development Plan document

On Sun, Apr 26, 2015 at 9:56 AM, Honggyu Kim <> wrote:
> Hi all,
> I would like to know about the stages of development plan so I checked the following article:
> I have reported a bug recently but didn't clearly understand the term "stage 4" here.
> Do you think "stage 4" explanation is missing in "GCC Development Plan" document?
> If so, can anyone please explain it or write the description on the document?

I have committed the following.


2014-04-27  Richard Biener  <>

        * develop.html: Document stage 4.

Index: develop.html
RCS file: /cvs/gcc/wwwdocs/htdocs/develop.html,v
retrieving revision 1.153
diff -u -r1.153 develop.html
--- develop.html        22 Apr 2015 11:21:43 -0000      1.153
+++ develop.html        27 Apr 2015 08:36:49 -0000
@@ -127,6 +127,14 @@
 require changes to other parts of the compiler.
 New functionality may not be introduced during this period.</p>

+<h4><a name="stage4">Stage 4</a></h4>
+<p>During this period, the only (non-documentation) changes that may
+be made are changes that fix regressions.  Other changes may not be
+done during this period.  Note that the same constraints apply
+to release branches.  This period lasts until stage 1 opens for
+the next release.</p>

 <p>In order to produce releases on a regular schedule, we must ensure

> Thanks,
> Honggyu

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