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! :-)
There are several category groups you can work on, e.g.:
- Improve documentation
- Help testing
- Report bugs
- Help to verify patches in Bugzilla
- Create patches (C developers)
- Anything you can imagine
How to add/correct documentation
Samba man pages are generated from XML sources. Providing patches based on the generated man pages, does not make sense. If you would like to report typos or any other errors, you can create a bug report and point to the error. If you like, you can provide a patch, of course and earn all the Ohloh credits yourself! ;-) How to create and provide man page patches will be explained below.
- Checkout the current source code. Please see Using Git for Samba Development for more information on that.
- The documentation is located in the docs-xml/ subdirectory.
- All man pages, except the smb.conf man page, are located in docs-xml/manpages-3/. The smb.conf man page is generated
out of all the file in the docs-xml/smbdotconf/ subdirectory. There are separate XML files for each parameter assorted by sections in separate subdirectories. To find an XML file for a certain parameter, just use the 'find' command, e.g:
user@host:/data/samba/v3-4-test/docs-xml/smbdotconf> find . -name workgroup.xml ./base/workgroup.xml
- Then make your changes.
- Commit you changes to your local GIT repository using 'git commit'. Please use an appropriate commit message.
- Build the man pages running 'make manpages3' in the docs-xml/ directory and see if it works and there are no warnings, if possible. (If you don't have a working build environment for the docs, just skip this step and comment in the bug report/on the list when publishing your patch.)
- Create the patch, e.g. using 'git format-patch HEAD^..HEAD'.
- Attach this patch to the corresponding bug report or send it to the samba-technical mailing list.
- Ask for review. The reviewer will make sure that your patch will get into the affected branches.
How to provide C patches
- You should introduce yourself on the samba-technical mailing list and join the #samba-technical IRC channel on irc.freenode.net to get in touch with other Samba developers.
- Samba uses GIT as a version control system. You should make yourself familiar with GIT. A good start for that is Using Git for Samba Development. Further GIT information can be found in the GIT tutorial.
- The Samba Developer's Guide is a good introduction into the technical stuff, even when it's not up to date.
- There are Samba coding standards. To prevent superfluous work, you should read them before starting. They are summarized in the README.Coding file located in the Samba tarballs.
- If you don't know what you'd like to work on, look at the list of current bugs or check SoC/Ideas (proposals for Summer of Code projects).
- Get in communication with the Samba 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 "The best way to do that would be..." ;-)
- Check out the latest Samba source code from GIT. You can see instructions for how to do this on the Samba development site. For new features, you always want to work against the latest master branch of Samba. To create bug fixes for a certain version, checkout the corresponding release branch. See the Samba development site for more information on current branches.
- Write some code. Make sure that your patch is as simple and small as possible and follows the Samba coding standards. And make sure that you license each file correctly.
- Test your code. Make sure it works, and run 'make test'.
- Commit the changes to your local GIT checkout using 'git commit'. Make sure to use an appropriate Commit message, including the bug number if available. Create the patch using 'git-format-patch'.
- Submit your patch in Bugzilla or directly send it to the samba-technical mailing list.
- Ask for review
- Once your bug has passed review, the reviewer can commit the patch to GIT.
Samba is a huge project. Getting into it takes a certain period of time. Don't give up! ;-) Feel free to ask on all mentioned channels!