Please keep in mind, that pull requests are the official way how make a code contribution. They help us by launching an automatic verification, reviewing and accepting it preserving a clean changelog and the contributor's list for later releases.
We use the opensource platform Github (github.com) for the active development, because it offers the possibility code of pull requests for reviewing/staging contributions before merging them without using patch files. Intermediate and final states are more or less frequently pushed back to the Codehaus GIT repository.
You should be familar with Git to send contributions as pull request.
The developers are automatically informed on incoming pull requests, and a verification is automatically launched by the build system to ensure compilation, unit and integration tests work on defined platforms.
Here is a HOWTO to start from scratch:
A basic tutorial how to handle repositories on Github can be found here: https://help.github.com/articles/fork-a-repo.
The steps described below are use-cases for a quick start with practical examples for contributing code to IzPack. They are kept simple especially for users new to Git and Github.
The basic steps for a quick start are:
Clone your repo to a local computer.
git clone https://github.com/my_username/my_izpack_repo.git
Convenient: Add the official IzPack repository as remote, i.e. izpack, to easily pick up changes from it or reset the user repository with it's latest state:
git remote add izpack https://github.com/izpack/izpack.git
In case you have already made changes in your master branch, they can still be easily included in a newly created Git branch.
The changes in files to be included in the branch require these files to be already added. If you added new files, use
git add <new_file>
to achieve this
After this launch:
git checkout -b IZPACK-123
which creates a new branch IZPACK-123 and activates it at once. The commands git branch and git checkout can be combined to do these steps separately
The files can now be further edited or pushed to the user's repository add Github.
After you've finished your implementation including all necessary tests, you can commit these changes locally with a message best containing the issue ID and title:
git commit -m "[IZPACK-123] - My issue's title"
If you leave out the -m option you can add a commit message interactively.
If you do several commits within the same development branch just fixing the same things you worked on before, use
git commit --amend
to leave a clean history behind. Be aware, that on accepting your pull requests later all your intermediate commit messages appear in the history and might confuse other developers or an automatically generated changelog.
git push origin IZPACK-123
from where you can create a pull request using the Github web interface.
After your pull request has been accepted and merged by a developer, the temporary branch is always deleted in the official IzPack repository at Github.
At this stage, you can also delete it locally:
git checkout master git branch -D IZPACK-123
For being sure changes can be really applied on a pull request next time it is recommended to reset a current repository to the current development state from time to time. Provided you already added the original izpack/izpack repository as a remote izpack, this can be done by
git fetch izpack git checkout master git reset --hard izpack/master git push
This way you avoid future merge conflicts to be manually resolved.