Contributing to FuelPHP
Any person or company wanting to contribute to FuelPHP should follow the following rules to increase the change of the contribution being accepted.
Sign your Work
We require that all contributors "sign-off" on their commits. This certifies that the contribution is your original work, or you have rights to submit it under the same license, or a compatible license.
Any contribution which contains commits that are not Signed-Off will not be accepted.
To sign off on a commit you simply use the
-s) option when
committing your changes:
$ git commit -s -m "Adding a new widget driver for cogs."
This will append the following to your commit message:
Signed-off-by: Your Name <email@example.com>
By doing this you certify the below:
Developer's Certificate of Origin 1.1 By making a contribution to this project, I certify that: (a) The contribution was created in whole or in part by me and I have the right to submit it under the open source license indicated in the file; or (b) The contribution is based upon previous work that, to the best of my knowledge, is covered under an appropriate open source license and I have the right under that license to submit that work with modifications, whether created in whole or in part by me, under the same open source license (unless I am permitted to submit under a different license), as indicated in the file; or (c) The contribution was provided directly to me by some other person who certified (a), (b) or (c) and I have not modified it. (d) I understand and agree that this project and the contribution are public and that a record of the contribution (including all personal information I submit with it, including my sign-off) is maintained indefinitely and may be redistributed consistent with this project or the open source license(s) involved.
If you would like to Sign-Off on all of your commits automatically (not
recommended unless you are 100% sure). To do this, you can simply create
an alias for
git commit -s:
$ git config --global alias.cs 'commit -s'
If you wish to only include this for your current repository, simply leave
--global option off:
$ git config alias.cs 'commit -s'
Now you can Sign-Off on all of your commits if you commit with
Creating and Submitting Contributions
FuelPHP uses the Git version control system and hosts it's repositories on GitHub. All contributions are submitted using the GitHub Pull Request system. No contributions are accepted via email or the community forums.
FuelPHP takes advantage of Git submodules. They allow for the separation of the components and packages into individual repositories, making it easier for development and upgrades.
Setting Up Your Local Environment
To get started, you first need to Fork the repository you wish to contribute to on GitHub by visiting the the repository GitHub and clicking the "Fork" button.
Note: We will assume throughout this document that you are contributing to the core repository.
Once you have setup your Fork you are ready to clone it and start working:
Start by cloning your Fork:
$ git clone firstname.lastname@example.org:USERNAME/core.git
Next you need to add the original repository as a new remote named
$ cd core $ git remote add upstream git://github.com/fuel/core.git $ git fetch upstream
Developing with Contribution in Mind
When developing with the intent for contribution, there are a few things to keep in mind:
All contributions must be made on the appropriate branch. Most of the time, this will be the
developbranch for the appropriate version.
The best way to do this is to make a branch off of the current version's
$ git checkout BRANCH_NAME 1.3/develop
Note: If the contribution is submitted to the wrong branch, you will be asked to re-submit on the correct branch.
Ensure you follow the FuelPHP Coding Standards.
- Unit Tests should be submitted with the contribution if applicable.
- A separate complimentary contribution should be submitted to the
docrepository containing the documentation for your change if applicable.
- Write good commit messages (no "Some changes" type messages please).
Submitting your Contribution
After you are done making all of your changes, you need to push them up to your Fork on GitHub, but first you need to update your branch with any changes from the original repository.
When updating your branch, you should use
rebase and not merge in the
1.3/developbranch with changes from
$ git checkout 1.3/develop $ git fetch upstream $ git merge upstream/1.3/develop
Rebase your branch with the
$ git checkout BRANCH_NAME $ git rebase 1.3/develop
You may get merge conflicts while running the
rebasecommand. Resolve all conflicts, then continue the
$ git add ... $ git rebase --continue
Once the rebase is complete, you are ready to push your changes up to GitHub:
$ git push origin BRANCH_NAME
Now visit your Fork on GitHub (https://github.com/USERNAME/core), switch to your new branch, then click the "Pull Request" button.
In your Pull Request message you should give as much detail as you can, including any related links (Issues, Forum Threads, etc.).
After submission, you may need to make changes after discussions on the Pull Request. If this is the case, there are a few things you need to be aware of or do.
After making your changes and committing them locally, you need to Rebase your branch with the the
$ git rebase -f upstream/1.3/develop
You will need to Force Push your changes up to GitHub. This will automatically update your Pull Request:
$ git push -f origin BRANCH_NAME
Once we are satisfied, we will merge and close your Pull Request.
If you have any questions, you can usually find at least one of the core developers in our IRC channel: #fuelphp on FreeNode