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-*- mode: org; fill-column:65 -*-
This is the GIT repository for the development of Org-mode, an
Emacs mode for organizing your life.
The text below explains the rules for participating in Org-mode
* Main rules
1. The master git repository is hosted publicly at
Anyone can get a clone of the current repository state using
the command
git clone git://
Having a clone is sufficient to start hacking and to produce
patches that can easily and consistently be applied to the
main repository.
2. There is a mirror hosted publicly at Anyone can
get a clone of the current repository state using the command
git clone git://
3. People who are interested to participate in the Org-mode
development can to so by sending patches to this address:
4. An interested developer can also request push access to the
central repository by sending her/his user-info to the
maintainer of Org-mode or the webmaster of
After you have been added as a user with push privileges,
clone the repository through ssh using
git clone
By requesting push access, you acknowledge that you have read
and agreed with the following rules:
- Org-mode is part of Emacs. Therefore, we need to be very
conscious about changes moving into the Org-mode core.
These can originate only from people who have signed the
appropriate papers with the Free Software Foundation. The
files to which this applies are:
- all *.el files in the lisp directory of the repository
- org.texi, orgcard.tex in the doc directory
- the corresponding ChangeLog files
- Before making any significant changes, please explain and
discuss them on the mailing list
This does obviously not apply to people who are maintaining
their own contributions to Org-mode. Please, just use the
new mechanism to make sure all changes end up in the right
- Creating and pushing a change to the Org-mode core requires
you also to provide ChangeLog entries. Just press `C-x 4 a'
in each function or variable you have modified and describe
the change you made in the ChangeLog buffer/file.
- Among other things, Org-mode is widely appreciated because
of its simplicity, cleanness and consistency. We should try
hard to preserve this and I would like to ask everyone to
keep this in mind when developing changes.
* The contrib directory
The git repository contains a contrib directory. This directory
is the playing field for any developer, also people who have not
(yet) signed the papers with the FSF. You are free to add files
to this directory, implementing extensions, new link types etc.
Also non-Lisp extensions like scripts to process Org-mode files
in different ways are welcome in this directory. You should
provide documentation with your extensions, at least in the form
of commentary in the file, better on worg. Please discuss your
extensions on
After files have been tested in contrib and found to be generally
useful, we may decide to clarify copyright questions and then
move the file into the Org-mode core. This means they will be
moved up to the root directory and will also eventually be added
to Emacs bzr repository. The final decision about this rests
with the maintainer.
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