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Contributing to NCPA

We are always happy to get pull request for really anything that will help make this project great. Bug fixes and feature requests require a bit more effort to get included but if you follow this then your pull request should get included in no time.

Note that you don't need to know how to write Python in order to contribute! Testing our latest builds in your environment is also extremely helpful. Any information on problems you face could help us make NCPA even better.

Create Your Repo

Create your own fork on GitHub to commit your changes to. You may want to use your own branch once you fork to make multiple pull requests easier.

Build Your Development Environment

In order to get your NCPA development environment up and running you need to make sure all the pre-reqs have been installed and working.

Set Up Windows Environment

You will need to install git for windows. Then, download and install:

To set up the python requirements, in cmd.exe clone the NCPA repo and run:

python -m pip install -r resources/requires.txt

Set Up Linux / Mac OS X Environment

You will need git installed in order to clone the repo to do the following.

Once cloned, to install the prereqs:

cd ncpa
./build/scripts/linux_build_prereqs.sh
./build/scripts/linux_build_setup.sh

Running NCPA in Development

The below examples assume you are inside the NCPA git working directory.

Note: You can run both the listener and passive service at the same time.

On Windows

NCPA Listener:

python agent/windows_debug.py listener

NCPA Passive:

python agent/windows_debug.py passive

On Linux / Mac OS X

NCPA Listener:

python2.7 agent/ncpa_listener.py -n

NCPA Passive:

python2.7 agent/ncpa_passive.py -n

Code Readability

We suggest following the PEP8 Python coding guidelines as close as possible, however it is not a requirement to get your code into NCPA. We will work with you to fix any issues that we see that involve PEP8 or our own styling guidelines.

Test Your Code

Be sure to thoroughly test your code. We do not have full tests set up yet and without them, we need to be sure that each pull request does not break functionality. We can help you with this, and will test it ourselves too, but please make sure to verify your code before submitting your pull requst.

Send A Pull Request

Once your code changes are completed, tested, and verified, send the pull request.

The easist way to do this is from inside GitHub but you can also run it from the command line.

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