How to contribute
Third-party patches are essential for keeping OpenDocMan improving. We cannot access the huge number of platforms for running OpenDocMan. We also want to keep it as easy as possible to contribute changes that get things working in your environment. There are a few guidelines that we need contributors to follow so that we can have a chance of keeping ontop of things.
- Make sure you have a GitHub account
- Submit a github ticket for your issue, assuming one does not already exist.
- Clearly describe the issue including steps to reproduce when it is a bug.
- Make sure you fill in the earliest version that you know has the issue.
- Fork the repository on GitHub
- Create a topic branch from where you want to base your work.
- This is usually the develop branch (aka future features / fixes).
- To quickly create a topic branch based on develop;
git checkout -b feature/issuexxx-my_contribution develop. Please avoid working directly on the
- Make commits of logical units.
- Check for unnecessary whitespace with
git diff --checkbefore committing.
- Make sure your commit messages are in the proper format.
(issuexxx) Make the example in CONTRIBUTING imperative and concrete Without this patch applied the example commit message in the CONTRIBUTING document is not a concrete example. This is a problem because the contributor is left to imagine what the commit message should look like based on a description rather than an example. This patch fixes the problem by making the example concrete and imperative. The first line is a real life imperative statement with a ticket number from our issue tracker. The body describes the behavior without the patch, why this is a problem, and how the patch fixes the problem when applied.
- Make sure you have added the necessary tests for your changes.
- Run all the tests to assure nothing else was accidentally broken.
Making Trivial Changes
For changes of a trivial nature to comments and documentation, it is not always necessary to create a new ticket in Github. In this case, it is appropriate to start the first line of a commit with '(doc)' instead of an issue number.
(doc) Add documentation commit example to CONTRIBUTING There is no example for contributing a documentation commit to the OpenDocMan repository. This is a problem because the contributor is left to assume how a commit of this nature may appear. The first line is a real life imperative statement with '(doc)' in place of what would have been the ticket number in a non-documentation related commit. The body describes the nature of the new documentation or comments added.
- By submitting code changes to the OpenDocMan project you agree to our [Contributors Agreement] (http://www.opendocman.com/contributors-license-agreement/)
- Push your changes to a topic branch in your fork of the repository.
- Submit a pull request to the repository in the opendocman organization.
- After feedback has been given we expect responses within two weeks. After two weeks will may close the pull request if it isn't showing any activity.
- General GitHub documentation
- GitHub pull request documentation
- [OpenDocMan Contributors License Agreement] (http://www.opendocman.com/contributors-license-agreement/)