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authorCarlo Landmeter <clandmeter@gmail.com>2016-11-21 10:53:02 +0100
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+# How to contribute
+
+We are really glad that you are reading this contribution guide.
+This means you care about the quality of your contributions.
+
+## Submitting patches via Github
+
+### Prerequisite for submitting patches/PR's
+
+1. Basic knowledge about how to use Git(hub)
+ * [Properly](https://git-scm.com/book/en/v2/Getting-Started-First-Time-Git-Setup) setup your git client.
+ * Know how to create a commit (for details see below).
+ * Know how to work with git history (rebasing your commits).
+ * Know how to create Pull Requests.
+2. Have access to an Alpine Linux [development envirorment](https://wiki.alpinelinux.org/wiki/Developer_Documentation#Development).
+3. Please __do not__ submit PR's via Github's web interface. You should have a working [development envirorment](https://wiki.alpinelinux.org/wiki/Developer_Documentation#Development) available and submit your commits from your git client.
+
+### Creating a Pull Request (PR)
+
+1. [Fork](https://help.github.com/articles/fork-a-repo/) our Alpine Linux aports repository.
+2. Clone your copy of aports `git clone https://github.com/username/aports`.
+3. Create a feature branch `git checkout -b my_new_feature`.
+4. Make your desired changes and commit them with a [correct commit message](https://git-scm.com/book/ch5-2.html#Commit-Guidelines).
+ * Begin the commit message with a single short line summarizing the changes, followed by a blank line and then a more thorough description. Examples of correctly formated summary lines are:
+ * When adding a new aport: testing/apkname: new aport
+ * When modifying an aport: testing/apkname: short description about changes
+ * If needed provide a proper formatted (line wrapped) description of what your patch will do. You can provide a description in the PR, but you must include a message for this specific commit in the commit description. If in the future we would like to distance ourselfs from Github the PR information could be lost.
+5. Open your copy of the aports repository at github.com and switch to your feature branch. You should now see an option to create your PR. [More info](https://help.github.com/articles/creating-a-pull-request/)
+6. Wait for an Alpine Linux developer to review your changes.
+7. If all is ok your PR will be merged but if a developer asks for changes please do as followed.
+ * Make the requested changes.
+ * Add your file(s) to git and commit (we will squash your commits if needed).
+ * Push your changes `git push origin my_new_feature`.
+8. Goto #6.
+
+### Submitting a package with new dependencies
+
+When you want to submit a package including its new dependencies to our repository, you should bundle these commits into a single PR.
+This is needed so our [CI](https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Continuous_integration) will first build the dependencies after which it will build the parent package.
+Failing to include __new__ dependencies will fail the CI tests.
+
+### Clean-up a Pull Request (PR)
+
+If by some mistake you end up with multiple commits in your PR and one of our developers asks you to squash you commits please do __NOT__ create a new pull request.
+Instead please follow [this rebase tutorial](https://git-scm.com/book/en/v2/Git-Tools-Rewriting-History#Changing-Multiple-Commit-Messages).