To push a patch to comm-central, you'll need Level 3 Commit Access. You can learn more about Mozilla's commit access policies and start the process of signing up for an account here: Becoming a Mozilla Contributor
You'll need to add the address to your Mercurial configuration file at
[paths]default = https://hg.mozilla.org/comm-centrallive-cc = ssh://hg.mozilla.org/comm-central
In this example we used the label
live-cc but you can use whatever you like. Using the standard label
default-push is not recommended – having to type the name of the repository helps prevent mistakes.
You can of course access the repository via HTTP, but not push to it, hence the ssh:// address.
Is the tree open? Check TreeHerder – the name of the tree in the top-left corner shows you the status of the tree. Usually it's "open" (a green circle is displayed), which means you can push. Other statuses are "approval required" (yellow padlock) and "closed" (red X) which mean you can't push without permission, and in fact the server will prevent you from doing so.
Is it a good time to push? The best time to push is shortly after Mozilla updates the Firefox live server. Since Thunderbird builds on top of Firefox, pushing to live then will ensure that the build will get the latest changes.
Mozilla usually updates the Firefox Live Server around 0400, 1000, 1600, and 2200 UTC on weekdays and 1000 and 2200 UTC on weekends (give or take an hour). If one of these times is approaching, it's probably not a good time to push. You can check mozilla-central on TreeHerder to see when they last pushed.
Is there a build in progress already? If there is, please wait until you're reasonably sure the first build is not broken. In most cases this means that the Linux and OS X builds (B) are complete and tests (bct, X) are starting to turn green (free from major failures).
Is the tree green? If it isn't, do not push. Pushing something on top of an already broken build wastes resources (both computing and human).
Having gained level 3 access and configured Mercurial, you can push to comm-central. In general, it's just a matter of applying your patch(es) and running
hg push, but let's not do that right now as a series of important checks need to happen before.
These are a series of recommended steps to always go through before pushing to Live to ensure you're pushing only what you need.
Be sure your commit message is clear and has been approved during review. The standard syntax of a commit message is
Bug 000000 - Description of the patch and fix. r=reviewer.
hg qpop -a to clean your local queue.
hg in to check if there are updates on the live server. (This isn't strictly necessary if you always do the next step.)
hg pull -u to download and apply the most recent changes.
Reorder your queue and run
hg qpush to apply only the patches you want to push to Live.
hg qseries to double check your have the right patches applied.
hg qfinish --applied to include all the currently applied patches in your local tree.
hg out to see a list of patches that will be pushed to the Live server. Check your commit message(s) again.
hg push live-cc (or any shorthand you used in your
hgrc file) to push your applied patches to comm-central.
hg pull to download and apply the most recent changes.
hg rebase -b my-bookmark-name -d XXX to rebase your patches. Replace the XXX with the latest public revision.
hg out -r my-bookmark-name to see a list of patches that will be pushed to the Live server. Check only the patches you intend to send are listed. Check your commit message(s) again.
hg push live-cc -r my-bookmark-nameto push your applied patches to comm-central. Always specify a bookmark or revision to avoid sending more than one branch.
Take a look at the TreeHerder to see your push show up at the top of the list.
If you worded your commit message correctly, a bot will post a message in your bug with a link to the changes you made, and close the bug. At this point you should set the Target Milestone field in the bug to the current version, which is generally, but not always, the last option for that field.
You do not need to land patches on beta or ESR. We have authorised people to do that for you.
Request approval on Bugzilla in the same way you request review, using the
approval-comm-esrXX flags. Filling out the request form is not required. At an appropriate point approval will be granted (or denied!) and your patch will be landed for you.
Uplifting patches to earlier versions is for fixes to major bugs, and regressions that break the user interface. It should not be used as a shortcut to get new features to users earlier (some exceptions apply). The release channels ensure that changes are exposed to a test audience for a period of time before being shipped to all users.