Committer's Guide

The FreeBSD Documentation Project

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Last modified on 2014-01-22 by remko.

This document provides information for the FreeBSD committer community. All new committers should read this document before they start, and existing committers are strongly encouraged to review it from time to time.

Almost all FreeBSD developers have commit rights to one or more repositories. However, a few developers do not, and some of the information here applies to them as well. (For instance, some people only have rights to work with the Problem Report database). Please see Section 17, “Issues Specific to Developers Who Are Not Committers” for more information.

This document may also be of interest to members of the FreeBSD community who want to learn more about how the project works.

Table of Contents
1. Administrative Details
2. OpenPGP Keys for FreeBSD
3. Commit Bit Types
4. Subversion Primer
5. Conventions and Traditions
6. Commit Log Messages
7. Preferred License for New Files
8. Developer Relations
9. If in doubt...
11. Who's Who
12. SSH Quick-Start Guide
13. Coverity® Availability for FreeBSD Committers
14. The FreeBSD Committers' Big List of Rules
15. Support for Multiple Architectures
16. Ports Specific FAQ
17. Issues Specific to Developers Who Are Not Committers
18. Information About Google Analytics
19. Perks of the Job
20. Miscellaneous Questions

1. Administrative Details

Login Methodsssh(1), protocol 2 only
Main Shell
src/ Subversion Rootsvn+ssh:// (see also Section 4.2.3, “RELENG_* Branches and General Layout”).
doc/ Subversion Rootsvn+ssh:// (see also Section 4.2.4, “FreeBSD Documentation Project Branches and Layout”).
ports/ Subversion Rootsvn+ssh:// (see also Section 4.2.5, “FreeBSD Ports Tree Branches and Layout”).
Internal Mailing Listsdevelopers (technically called all-developers), doc-developers, doc-committers, ports-developers, ports-committers, src-developers, src-committers. (Each project repository has its own -developers and -committers mailing lists. Archives for these lists may be found in files /home/mail/repository-name-developers-archive and /home/mail/repository-name-committers-archive on the cluster.)
Core Team monthly reports/home/core/public/monthly-reports on the cluster.
Ports Management Team monthly reports/home/portmgr/public/monthly-reports on the cluster.
Noteworthy src/ SVN Branches stable/8 (8.X-STABLE), stable/9 (9.X-STABLE), stable/10 (10.X-STABLE), head (-CURRENT)

ssh(1) is required to connect to the project hosts. For more information, see Section 12, “SSH Quick-Start Guide”.

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