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authorDenys Vlasenko <>2009-06-03 13:19:03 (GMT)
committerDenys Vlasenko <>2009-06-03 13:19:03 (GMT)
commitdc2bbb9669e53e70965dd09469f5ea701dc3d4ba (patch)
parent08218013499f76e61691d5ffa697465f800bd3a7 (diff)
tweak docs
Signed-off-by: Denys Vlasenko <>
1 files changed, 9 insertions, 28 deletions
diff --git a/docs/contributing.txt b/docs/contributing.txt
index aad4303..54cba75 100644
--- a/docs/contributing.txt
+++ b/docs/contributing.txt
@@ -17,19 +17,18 @@ help. However, before you dive in, headlong and hotfoot, there are some things
you need to do:
-Checkout the Latest Code from CVS
+Checkout the Latest Code
This is a necessary first step. Please do not try to work with the last
released version, as there is a good chance that somebody has already fixed
the bug you found. Somebody might have even added the feature you had in mind.
Don't make your work obsolete before you start!
-For information on how to check out Busybox from CVS, please look at the
+For information on how to check out Busybox development tree, please look at the
following links:
Read the Mailing List
@@ -87,14 +86,10 @@ Knife" of embedded Linux, there are some applets that will not be accepted:
we do not want to start adding mkfs/fsck tools for every (or any)
filesystem under the sun. (fsck_minix.c and mkfs_minix.c are living on
borrowed time.) There are far too many of these tools out there. Use
- the upstream version. Not everything has to be part of Busybox.
- - Any partitioning tools: Partitioning a device is typically done once and
- only once, and tools which do this generally do not need to reside on the
- target device (esp a flash device). If you need a partitioning tool, grab
- one (such as fdisk, sfdisk, or cfdisk from util-linux) and use that, but
- don't try to merge it into busybox. These are nasty and complex and we
- don't want to maintain them.
+ the upstream version. Rationale: bugs in these tools can destroy
+ vast amounts of data. Keeping up with filesystem format development
+ is impractical (especially in the area of keeping fsck tool safe
+ and up-to-date).
- Any disk, device, or media-specific tools: Use the -utils or -tools package
that was designed for your device; don't try to shoehorn them into Busybox.
@@ -103,12 +98,6 @@ Knife" of embedded Linux, there are some applets that will not be accepted:
independent. Do not send us tools that cannot be used across multiple
platforms / arches.
- - Any daemons that are not essential to basic system operation. To date, only
- syslogd and klogd meet this requirement. We do not need a web server, an
- ftp daemon, a dhcp server, a mail transport agent or a dns resolver. If you
- need one of those, you are welcome to ask the folks on the mailing list for
- recommendations, but please don't bloat up Busybox with any of these.
Bug Reporting
@@ -138,7 +127,7 @@ an example:
llegal instruction
I am using Debian unstable, kernel version 2.4.19-rmk1 on an Netwinder,
- and the latest uClibc from CVS. Thanks for the wonderful program!
+ and the latest uClibc from CVS.
@@ -199,14 +188,6 @@ Janitorial Work
These are dirty jobs, but somebody's gotta do 'em.
- - Converting applets to use getopt() for option processing. Type 'find -name
- '*.c'|grep -L getopt' to get a listing of the applets that currently don't
- use getopt. If a .c file processes no options, it should have a line that
- reads: /* no options, no getopt */ somewhere in the file.
- - Replace any "naked" calls to malloc, calloc, realloc, str[n]dup, fopen with
- the x* equivalents found in libbb/xfuncs.c.
- Security audits: