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Contributing to xmonad and xmonad-contrib

Before Creating a GitHub Issue

New issue submissions should adhere to the following guidelines:

  • Does your issue have to do with xmonad, xmonad-contrib, or maybe even with the X11 library?

    Please submit your issue to the correct GitHub repository.

  • To help you figure out which repository to submit your issue to, and to help us resolve the problem you are having, create the smallest configuration file you can that reproduces the problem.

    You may find that the xmonad-testing repository is helpful in reproducing the problem with a smaller configuration file.

    Once you've done that please include the configuration file with your GitHub issue.

  • If possible, use the xmonad-testing repository to test your configuration with the bleeding-edge development version of xmonad and xmonad-contrib. We might have already fixed your problem.

Contributing Changes/Patches

Have a change to xmonad that you want included in the next release? Awesome! Here are a few things to keep in mind:

  • Review the above section about creating GitHub issues.

  • It's always best to talk with the community before making any nontrivial changes to xmonad. There are a couple of ways you can chat with us:

    • Post a message to the mailing list.

    • Join the #xmonad IRC channel on

  • Continue reading this document!

Expediting Reviews and Merges

Here are some tips for getting your changes merged into xmonad:

  • If your changes can go into xmonad-contrib instead of xmonad, please do so. We rarely accept new features to xmonad. (Not that we don't accept changes to xmonad, just that we prefer changes to xmonad-contrib instead.)

  • Change the fewest files as possible. If it makes sense, submit a completely new module to xmonad-contrib.

  • Your changes should include relevant entries in the file. Help us communicate changes to the community.

  • Make sure you test your changes using the xmonad-testing repository. Include a new configuration file that shows off your changes if possible by creating a PR on that repository as well.

  • Make sure you read the section on rebasing and squashing commits below.

Rebasing and Squashing Commits

Under no circumstances should you ever merge the master branch into your feature branch. This makes it nearly impossible to review your changes and we will not accept your PR if you do this.

Instead of merging you should rebase your changes on top of the master branch. If a core team member asks you to "rebase your changes" this is what they are talking about.

It's also helpful to squash all of your commits so that your pull request only contains a single commit. Again, this makes it easier to review your changes and identify the changes later on in the Git history.

How to Rebase Your Changes

The goal of rebasing is to bring recent changes from the master branch into your feature branch. This often helps resolve conflicts where you have changed a file that also changed in a recently merged pull request (i.e. the file). Here is how you do that.

  1. Make sure that you have a git remote configured for the main repository. I like to call this remote upstream:

    $ git remote add upstream

  2. Pull from upstream and rewrite your changes on top of master. For this to work you should not have any modified files in your working directory. Run these commands from within your feature branch (the branch you are asking to be merged):

    $ git fetch --all $ git pull --rebase upstream master

  3. If the rebase was successful you can now push your feature branch back to GitHub. You need to force the push since your commits have been rewritten and have new IDs:

    $ git push --force-with-lease

  4. Your pull request should now be conflict-free and only contain the changes that you actually made.

How to Squash Commits

The goal of squashing commits is to produce a clean Git history where each pull request contains just one commit.

  1. Use git log to see how many commits you are including in your pull request. (If you've already submitted your pull request you can see this in the GitHub interface.)

  2. Rebase all of those commits into a single commit. Assuming you want to squash the last four (4) commits into a single commit:

    $ git rebase -i HEAD~4

  3. Git will open your editor and display the commits you are rebasing with the word "pick" in front of them.

  4. Leave the first listed commit as "pick" and change the remaining commits from "pick" to "squash".

  5. Save the file and exit your editor. Git will create a new commit and open your editor so you can modify the commit message.

  6. If everything was successful you can push your changed history back up to GitHub:

    $ git push --force-with-lease

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