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Contributing to Shell

We welcome contributions, but request you follow these guidelines.

Raising issues

Please raise any bug reports on the issue tracker. Be sure to search the list to see if your issue has already been raised.

A good bug report is one that make it easy for us to understand what you were trying to do and what went wrong. Provide as much context as possible so we can try to recreate the issue.

Contributor License Agreement

In order for us to accept pull-requests, the contributor must first complete a Contributor License Agreement (CLA). This clarifies the intellectual property license granted with any contribution. It is for your protection as a Contributor as well as the protection of IBM and its clients; it does not change your rights to use your own Contributions for any other purpose.

You can download the CLAs here:

Coding standards

Please ensure you follow the coding standards used throughout the existing code base. Some basic rules include:

  • all files must have the Apache license in the header.
  • all PRs must have passing builds for all operating systems.