Contributing Documentation

Contributing Code


Exherbo uses git for source code management (SCM). Some of the guidelines outlined in this document are based upon Documentation/SubmittingPatches, as part of git.git

Style requirements

Submitting patches for package repositories

Submitting your repository for inclusion in unavailable-unofficial

If you have your own repository and its quality is fairly high, you should submit it for review so it will be included in unavailable-unofficial. To do that, just add it to our infra-scripts git repository as in this example and push it to Gerrit.

This way, others will not duplicate any work you may have done, and you will get helpful tips on how to improve your packaging skills. Also, this will allow others to more easily contribute to your packages or point out bugs. See kloeri’s blog post if you are not yet convinced.

We expect a decent level of responsiveness from you and we reserve the right to remove repositories with broken packages if you do not respond to patches and inquiries within a reasonable amount of time (Rule of thumb: within 30 days).

More concretely, if there’s a patch for your repository for 30 days or more, we will consider your repository for removal from unavailable-unofficial. You’ll get up to two additonal “wake-up calls” before the actual removal, though. If you’re not on IRC, we’ll send you an email to your last known address (so make sure to use a valid, working email address in your exheres, etc.).

This is not about “punishing” you or something like that but to ensure that the repositories in unavailable-unofficial are maintained according to Exherbo’s quality standards.

Remember that it is trivial to have your repository re-added once it is fixed up/maintained properly again.

Exherbo hook

To have fancy IRC commit notifications, please consider using our push hook. We currently support GitHub, Gitorious and self-hosted repositories. Ask any Exherbo developer on IRC to get the WebHook URL.


Copyright 2009 Ingmar Vanhassel