Contributing to this project¶
The issue tracker¶
We use GitHub issues for organizing bug reports and feature requests.
The following labels are of interest:
- “Planning” is for issues that are still undecided, but where at least some discussion exists.
- “Blocked” is for issues that can’t be worked on at the moment because some other unsolved problem exists. This problem may be a bug in some software dependency, for instance.
- “Ready” contains issues that are ready to work on.
If you just want to get started with contributing, the “ready” issues are an option. Issues that are still in “Planning” are also an option, but require more upfront thinking and may turn out to be impossible to solve, or at least harder than anticipated. On the flip side those tend to be the more interesting issues as well, depending on how one looks at it.
All of those labels are also available as a kanban board on waffle.io. It is really just an alternative overview over all issues, but might be easier to comprehend.
Feel free to contact me or comment on the relevant issues for further information.
- Make sure your problem isn’t already listed in Known Problems.
- Make sure you have the absolutely latest version of vdirsyncer. For users of some Linux distributions such as Debian or Fedora this may not be the version that your distro offers. In those cases please file a bug against the distro package, not against upstream vdirsyncer.
--verbosity=DEBUGwhen including output from vdirsyncer.
If you’re suggesting a feature, keep in mind that vdirsyncer tries not to be a full calendar or contacts client, but rather just the piece of software that synchronizes all the data. Take a look at the documentation for software working with vdirsyncer.
Submitting patches, pull requests¶
- Discuss everything in the issue tracker first (or contact me somehow else) before implementing it.
- Make sure the tests pass. See below for running them.
- But not because you wrote too few tests.
- Add yourself to
AUTHORS.rst, and add a note to
Running tests, how to set up your development environment¶
For many patches, it might suffice to just let Travis run the tests. However, Travis is slow, so you might want to run them locally too. For this, set up a virtualenv and run this inside of it:
# install vdirsyncer from the repo into the virtualenv. Prerequisite for # most other tasks. make install-dev make install-test # install test dependencies make install-style # install dependencies for stylechecking make install-docs # install dependencies for building documentation
Then you can run:
make test # The normal testsuite make style # Stylechecker make docs # Build the HTML docs, output is at docs/_build/html/
Makefile has a lot of options that allow you to control which tests are
run, and which servers are tested. Take a look at its code where they are all
initialized and documented.
For example, to test xandikos, run:
make DAV_SERVER=xandikos install-test make DAV_SERVER=xandikos test
If you have any questions, feel free to open issues about it.
Structure of the testsuite¶
tests/, there are three main folders:
systemcontains system- and also integration tests. A rough rule is: If the test is using temporary files, put it here.
unit, where each testcase tests a single class or function.
storageruns a generic storage testsuite against all storages.
The reason for this separation is: We are planning to generate separate
coverage reports for each of those testsuites. Ideally
unit would generate
palatable coverage of the entire codebase on its own, and the combination
storage as well.