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Contribution Guidelines

Because Gluon is such a universal software package that is used by several different communities with different expectations and requirements, it is both essential and difficult to have contributions from the communities. While they are sometimes necessary to adapt Gluon to the needs of the communities, they also have to be adaptable enough to fit as many needs as possible. On the other hands, very special needs are better addressed in packages in community repositories, because the Gluon maintainers would not use or test them and thus couldn't do their "job" of maintaining them.

To ease the work for the maintainers and to reduce the frustration of contributors, please adhere to the following guidelines:

Discuss first, build later

If you have some non-trivial enhancement like a new package, some modification of what is announced by a node, it is often best to first discuss the precise solution first. The maintainers might have hints as to how a solution could be implemented easiest, point out solutions how the same thing can already be done using other parts or why the proposed change breaks other parts of the system. They might even refuse the idea altogether - after all, they have to sleep well after merging the changes, too.

The preferred way to discuss in the IRC channel (#gluon on or on the mailing list, however, you can also open a new issue on Github to discuss there. We maintain a list of rejected features and we'd like to kindly ask you to review it first. In general, looking for duplicates may save you some time.

Develop on top of master

If you are not developing something specific to a release (like for example a security fix to a feature that got completely rewritten since the release), develop it on top of the master branch. New features and even feature changes aren't usually backported to old releases, but will be included in the upcoming release, which will be built from master.

Use descriptive commit messages

If you modify a single package, start the first line of your commit message with the package name followed by a colon. The first line should be enough to identify the commit a week later and still know roughly what it did. If you fix some bug, detail in the remaining commit message exactly how it could be triggered and what you did to fix it. If in question, have a glance at the existing commit messages to get the idea.