Contribute

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How to contribute to Samba?

Like all OpenSource projects, Samba is reliant on volunteers. You don't need special skill to help this project. Everybody can help! :-)

Getting started

There are several category groups you can work on:

  • Improve documentation
  • Help testing
  • Report bugs
  • Help to verify patches in bugzilla
  • Create patches (C developers)

For C developers

and join the #samba-technical IRC channel on irc.freenode.net to get in touch with other Samba developers.

  • There are Samba coding standards.
  • If you don't know what you'd like to work on, look at the list of current bugs or

check SoC/Ideas.

3. Get in communication with the Bugzilla developers, and talk about what you want to do. This makes it easy for us to tell you "Oh, we're already working on that, you can help!" or "Oh, the best way to do that would be..."

4. Check out the latest Bugzilla code from CVS. You can see instructions for how to do this on the Bugzilla download page. You always want to work against the latest CVS code of Bugzilla, not a released version, if you're writing patches that you want us to accept.

5. Write some code. Make sure that you follow the Developer's Guide. If you're new, you don't have to read the whole thing. Just read the General Guidelines, the Style section, and any other part that you think applies to the code that you're writing. Make sure that your patch is as simple and small as possible. And make sure that you license each file correctly.

6. Test your code. Make sure it works, and run ./runtests.pl in the Bugzilla directory. Also use the HTML validator to make sure your code generates valid HTML, if you modified any of Bugzilla's HTML.

7. Make a patch

8. Submit your patch in Bugzilla

9. Ask for review

10. Once your bug has passed review, the reviewer will ask for "approval". When approval is granted, you or the reviewer can commit the patch to CVS.

11. Commit your patch, or get somebody else to commit it for you.