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Details of mainnet upgrades
Release procedures for validators and node operators are explained here. The
RELEASES.mdfile in Source's GitHub repo is the canonical source of truth for release processes.
The Source Chain mainnet is regularly upgraded to provide the latest security patches, Cosmos SDK module integrations and performance improvements.
Some upgrades are able to be undertaken automatically with Cosmovisor while other upgrades need to be manually installed at specified block heights. Others can be installed at any time after their predecessor.
There are two types of upgrades that happen on Source Chain. They are:
- 1.Planned feature upgrades or planned patches
- 2.Unplanned security upgrades.
Planned upgrades, as the name suggests, are upgrades that are developed and proposed via governance. If approved by the community, these upgrades are undertaken by the chain automatically halting at the planned upgrade height.
Node operators are then required to swap the binary for the planned upgrade binary. After all node operators have upgraded and started their nodes the network will continue in the upgraded state.
Where emergency security patches are required, node operators are notified via the official discord validator channels. Node operators will be required to halt their nodes manually at the required upgrade height, swap the patched binary and restart the nodes. After all node operators have upgraded and started their nodes the network will continue in the upgraded state.