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Contributing to libConfuse

We welcome any and all help in the form of bug reports, fixes, patches for new features -- preferably as GitHub pull requests -- submitting a pull request practically guarantees inclusion ...

Test Your Feature

For all new features we want to encourage developers to not only submit the feature (and documentation), but also at least a simple test that can be run from make check.

The tests serve both as examples and help prevent regressions.

Coding Style

First of all, lines are allowed to be longer than 72 characters these days. In fact, there exist no enforced maximum, but keeping it around 100/132 characters is OK.

The coding style in libConfuse is Linux KNF, detailed here. To aid developers contributing to the project, source files contain a trailer of Local Variables: used to instruct Emacs to use the correct indentation mode. There is also a silly little script, which is only supposed to serve as a help.

Always submit code that follows the style of surrounding code!

Commit Messages

Commit messages exist to track why a change was made. Try to be as clear and concise as possible in your commit messages. Example from the Pro Git online book:

Brief, but clear and concise summary of changes

More detailed explanatory text, if necessary.  Wrap it to about 72
characters or so.  In some contexts, the first line is treated as
the subject of an email and the rest of the text as the body.  The
blank line separating the ummary from the body is critical (unless
you omit the body entirely); tools like rebase can get confused if
you run the two together.

Further paragraphs come after blank lines.

 - Bullet points are okay, too

 - Typically a hyphen or asterisk is used for the bullet, preceded
   by a single space, with blank lines in between, but conventions
   vary here

Signed-off-by: First Lastname <>

A good counter example is this ...

Code of Conduct

It is expected of everyone engaging in the project to, in the words of Bill & Ted; be excellent to each other.