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Hacking on Nautilus
The Nautilus source tree is available from GNOME git ( and
in releases on the GNOME FTP site
If you plan to hack on Nautilus, please make sure you work from the
Git version. The Git version can be checked from the GNOME git server.
See for details on how to get started with
GNOME Git. For details on how Nautilus uses git, see the README.commits
If you want to contribute in development discussions, please send mail
to the nautilus mailing list: <>. Archives and
subscription information are available at
Submitting Patches
If you've been working on a change to Nautilus and want to propose it
for inclusion, you have to generate a patch and submit it for review
by the maintainers.
Patches should be made with 'git format-patch -M'
and should conform to Nautilus coding style as described in
docs/style-guide.html. We are pretty strict about coding style, so
please make sure you follow the style guide to avoid unnecessary
work on both sides when reviewing the patch.
The best way to submit a patch for review is to post it on the mailing
list. That way everyone sees it and can take part in the following
discussion about it. Sometimes people also attach patches to bugs in
bugzilla (, product 'nautilus'). If you do
this, please send a mail to the list saying you did so, because it is
very easy for the bugzilla email to get lost in all the bugzilla
reports, and only the people CCd on the bug can partake in the
discussion. When attaching bugs to bugzilla from git the git-bz
command can be helpful, see:
The Nautilus maintainers do their best to review patches and help
developers that want to work on something, however we are often
swamped in work and can miss an email or just forget to answer
it. Don't be afraid of reposting your patches after a while, or poking
us about the status of them.
Also, if you're planning to do large changes, please take them up for
discussion on the list first. If you get feedback early it is much
easier to integrate it into your work.
If your patch adds non-trivial strings, please ask for a string review
from the i18n team before committing the changes. Strings should avoid
contractions, and stay consistent with other strings already in Nautilus.
Please reuse strings within Nautilus where it makes sense to do so.
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