-*- mode: org; coding: utf-8; -*-
#+TITLE: Hacking GNU Guix and Its Incredible Distro
Copyright © 2012, 2013, 2014, 2016 Ludovic Courtès <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Copyright © 2015 Mathieu Lirzin <email@example.com>
Copyright © 2017 Leo Famulari <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Copying and distribution of this file, with or without modification,
are permitted in any medium without royalty provided the copyright
notice and this notice are preserved.
See the manual for useful hacking informations, either by running
info -f doc/guix.info "(guix) Contributing"
or by checking the [[http://www.gnu.org/software/guix/manual/guix.html#Contributing][web copy of the manual]].
* Commit Access
For frequent contributors, having write access to the repository is
convenient. When you deem it necessary, feel free to ask for it on the
mailing list. When you get commit access, please make sure to follow the
policy below (discussions of the policy can take place on email@example.com.)
Non-trivial patches should always be posted to firstname.lastname@example.org (trivial
patches include fixing typos, etc.)
For patches that just add a new package, and a simple one, it’s OK to commit,
if you’re confident (which means you successfully built it in a chroot setup,
and have done a reasonable copyright and license auditing.) Likewise for
package upgrades, except upgrades that trigger a lot of rebuilds (for example,
upgrading GnuTLS or GLib.) We have a mailing list for commit notifications
(email@example.com), so people can notice. Before pushing your changes,
make sure to run ‘git pull --rebase’.
All commits that are pushed to the central repository on Savannah must be
signed with an OpenPGP key, and the public key should be uploaded to your user
account on Savannah and to public key servers, such as ‘pgp.mit.edu’. To
configure Git to automatically sign commits, run:
git config commit.gpgsign true
git config user.signingkey CABBA6EA1DC0FF33
You can prevent yourself from accidentally pushing unsigned commits to Savannah
by using the pre-push Git hook called 'pre-push'. It's located at
For anything else, please post to firstname.lastname@example.org and leave time for a
review, without committing anything. If you didn’t receive any reply
after two weeks, and if you’re confident, it’s OK to commit.
That last part is subject to being adjusted, allowing individuals to commit
directly on non-controversial changes on parts they’re familiar with.