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authorSamuel Martin <>2012-11-11 03:14:53 (GMT)
committerPeter Korsgaard <>2012-11-15 22:59:54 (GMT)
commita79a54a0e7effdc1f06caa01a5441ffbf2ad554b (patch)
parent3b785593b61c4ec9bdde56e35c0e7f62e03d6cd5 (diff)
manual: add contribute.txt
Signed-off-by: Samuel Martin <> Signed-off-by: Peter Korsgaard <>
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diff --git a/docs/manual/contribute.txt b/docs/manual/contribute.txt
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+// -*- mode:doc; -*-
+Contibuting to Buildroot
+If you want to contribute to Buildroot, you will need a git view of
+the project. Refer to xref:getting-buildroot[] to get it.
+Currently, the mailing list is the central place for contribution.
+If you have not already subscribed to it, then refer to
+Recently, a web interface is also used to manage patches sent to the
+mailing list, see xref:patchwork[].
+_Please, do not attach patches to bugs, send them to the mailing list
+instead_ (see xref:submitting-patches[]).
+Submitting patches
+When your changes are done, and committed in your local git view,
+_rebase_ your development branch on top of the upstream tree before
+generating the patch set. To do so, run:
+ $ git fetch --all --tags
+ $ git rebase origin/master
+Here, you are ready to generate then submit your patch set.
+To generate it, run:
+ $ git format-patch -M -n -s -o outgoing origin/master
+This will generate patch files in the +outgoing+ subdirectory,
+automatically adding the +signed-off-by+ line.
+If you want to present the whole patch set in a separate mail, add
++--cover-letter --summary+ to the previous command line (+man
+git-format-patch+ for further information).
+Once patch files are generated, you can review/edit the commit message
+before submitting them using your favorite text editor.
+Lastly, send/submit your patch set to the Buildroot mailing list:
+ $ git send-email --to outgoing/*
+Note that +git+ should be configured to use your mail account.
+To configure +git+, see +man git-send-email+ or google it.
+Make sure posted *patches are not line-wrapped*, otherwise it cannot
+easily be applied. In such a case, fix your e-mail client, or better,
+use +git send-email+ to send your patches.
+Reviewing/Testing patches
+In the review process, do not hesitate to respond to patch submissions
+for remarks, suggestions or anything that will help everyone to
+understand the patches and make them better.
+Some tags are used to help following the state of any patch posted on
+the mailing-list:
+Acked-by:: Indicates that the patch can be committed.
+Tested-by:: Indicates that the patch has been tested. It is useful
+ but not necessary to add a comment about what has been tested.
+The Buildroot community is currently setting up automatic build i
+order to test more and more configuration. All build results are
+available at[]
+A way to contribute is fixing broken builds.
+In the commit message of a patch fixing an _autobuild_, add a
+reference to the _build result directory_ (the +dir+ link in the _data
+Reporting issues/bugs, get help
+Before reporting some issues, please chek
+xref:mailing-list-subscribe[the mailing list archive] in case someone had
+already reported and fixed a similar problem.
+Whatever the way you choose to report some bugs or get help,
+xref:bugtracker[opening a bug] or
+xref:mailing-list-subscribe[send a mail to the mailing list], there is
+a number of detail to provide in order to help people reproduce and
+find a solution to the issue.
+Try to think as you would be the one who will help someone else; in
+that case, what would you need?
+Here is a short list of details to provide in such case:
+* host machine (OS/release)
+* version of Buildroot
+* target for which the build fails
+* package(s) which the build fails
+* the command that fails and its output
+* any information you think that may be relevant
+Additionnally, your can add the +.config+ file.
+If some of these details are too large, do not hesitate to use some
+pastebin service (see
diff --git a/docs/manual/get-involved.txt b/docs/manual/get-involved.txt
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@@ -61,11 +61,14 @@[].
All patches and comments sent through the mailing list are
automatically indexed in[patchwork].
The Buildroot bugtracker is at[].
+To open a bug, see xref:reporting-bugs[].
Buildroot wikipage
diff --git a/docs/manual/manual.txt b/docs/manual/manual.txt
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@@ -25,4 +25,6 @@ include::developer-guide.txt[]