Buildroot how to contribute
Patches should be sent to mailing list.
Configure your name and e-mail. This needs to be only once, if configured with --global. If you want to use some other settings for buildroot project, you first need to clone buildroot repository and then use these same commands without --global keyword.
git config --global user.name "Firstname Lastname" git config --global user.email firstname.lastname at somewhere.com
Tell git how to send emails
git config --global sendemail.smtpserver mysmtpserver
To avoid chained reply
git config --global sendemail.chainreplyto false
Where do I get git send-email
On Debian/Ubuntu you can install it by
sudo apt-get install git-email
Clone (to be done only once)
git clone git://git.busybox.net/buildroot
Configure Git, if not done already
Create a branch to work on your topic (to be done for every separate topic you'd like to work with)
git checkout -b mytopic
- Note that this also switches immediatly to the new mytopic branch. You can run 'git branch' at any time to know on which branch you are.
Make some modifications, for one particuler subtopic (like adding the vala compiler)
If you created new files, add them
git add file_you_just_created
Commit those modifications and enter an appropriate commit log.
git commit -s -a
Review your changes
git log -p master..
Prepare patches for your changes, this will generate a set of 000X-*.patch files in the Buildroot directory
git format-patch master
Send your patches to the list
git send-email --to buildroot at uclibc.org --compose *.patch
In case of mistakes in my branch
If while reviewing your commits you find that you need to merge some of them (because you did some mistakes that you fixed later and you don't want the world to know about your mistakes), then you have to use the rebasing feature of git
git rebase -i master
Git will open up a text editor with the list of your commits. You can edit this file to change the order of the commits, or to change the action taken on a particular commit (see the file itself for documentation on those actions).
pick SOMEGITHASH package: add foobar pick SOMEGITHASH package: add barfoo pick SOMEGITHASH I did something wrong in add foobar, merge me
So obviously you want the last commit to be merged into the first one, so that nobody knows you did some mistakes during your development. So, turn those three lines into the following ones
pick SOMEGITHASH package: add foobar fixup SOMEGITHASH I did something wrong in add foobar, merge me pick SOMEGITHASH package: add barfoo
And exit the text editor. Git will reorganize your commits, and you'll end up with just two commits.