Releasing a Parent POM is much the same as any other Maven project. The following guide walks through most of the steps:
Note that Parent POMs have particular conventions for managing and deploying the documentation.
To be able to publish a documentation for the parent POM without affecting released pom.xml and site.xml, parent POM projects have a specific structure, with the addition of site-pom.xml and src/site-docs to provide mvn -f site-pom.xml site with useful documentation content:
|-- pom.xml |-- site-pom.xml `-- src |-- site | `-- site.xml `-- site-docs |-- apt | `-- index.apt `-- site.xml
And the index.apt page not only contains instructions about the content of the parent POM, but it maintains a history of POM releases links and diffs.
Each specific step is done to maintain site-pom.xml and index.apt in sync with the release being released.
Before staging the release with usual procedure, you need to update site-pom.xml and index.apt to take the future release into account:
Hint: in the diff link, the value for the r2 parameter is easily found by following the previous version's link and copying its revision number.
Once these modifications are done, you can follow standard component documentation staging steps, taking care to use the site-pom.xml POM, with mvn -f site-pom.xml ... command, each time the parent POM's site is generated or published.
Then the only difference is with commands to stage the site:
cd target/checkout mvn -f site-pom.xml site mvn -f site-pom.xml scm-publish:publish-scm
In the vote, instead of providing links to JIRA, the parent POMs should include a link to the SVN changes since the last release (the link previously added to src/site-docs/index.apt):
... Hi, Changes since the last release: http://svn.apache.org/viewvc/maven/pom/tags/<TAG>/pom.xml?r1=HEAD&r2=<REVISION-OF-LAST-RELEASE>&diff_format=h Staging repo: ...