Contributing to Profanity
Please follow the build section in our user guide.
You might also take a look at the
Dockerfile.* in the root directory.
We recommend for people to always work on a dedicated git branch for each fix or feature. Don't work on master. So that they can easily pull master and rebase their work if needed.
For fixing (reported) bugs we usually use
git checkout -b fix/issuenumber-somedescription.
When working on a new feature we usually use
git checkout -b feature/optionalissuenumber-somedescription.
However this is not a rule just a recommendation to keep an overview of things. If your change isn't a bugfix or new feature you can also just use any branch name.
Write commit messages that make sense. Explain what and why you change. Write in present tense. Please give this guideline a read.
We would like to encourage people to use GitHub to create pull requests. It makes it easy for us to review the patches, track WIP branches, organize branches with labels and milestones, and help others to see what's being worked on.
Also see the blogpost Contributing a Patch via GitHub.
In case GitHub is down or you can't use it for any other reason, you can send a patch to our mailing list.
We recommend that you follow the workflow mentioned above.
And create your patch using the
git format-patch master --stdout > feature.patch
Another git service
We prefer if you create a pull request on GitHub. Then our team can easily request reviews. And we have the history of the review saved in one place.
If using GitHub is out of the question but you are okay using another service (i.e.: GitLab, codeberg) then please message us in the MUC or send us an email. We will then pull from your repository and merge manually.
- When fixing a bug, describe it and how your patch fixes it.
- When fixing a reported issue add an
Fixes https://github.com/profanity-im/profanity/issues/23in the commit body.
- When adding a new feature add a description of the feature and how it should be used (workflow).
- If your patch adds a new configuration option add this to the
- If your patch adds a new theming option add this to the
- Each patch or pull request should only contain related modifications.
- Run the tests and code formatters before submitting (c.f. Chapter 'Check everything' of this README).
- When changing the UI it would be appreciated if you could add a before and after screenshot for comparison.
- Squash fixup commits into one
- If applicable, document how to test the functionality
Hints and Pitfalls
- When adding a new hotkey/shortcut make sure it's not registered in Profanity already. And also that it's not a default shortcut of readline.
Follow the style already present ;-)
To make this easier for you we created a
You'll need to have
Then just run
make format before you do any commit.
It might be a good idea to add a git pre-commit hook. So git automatically runs clang-format before doing a commit.
You can add the following snippet to
for f in $(git diff --cached --name-only)
if [[ "$f" =~ \.(c|h)$ ]]; then
clang-format -i $f
If you feel embarrassed every time the CI fails you can add the following
This will run the same tests that the CI runs and refuse the push if it fails. Note that it will run on the actual content of the repository directory and not what may have been staged/committed.
If you're in a hurry you can add the
--no-verify flag when issuing
pre-push hook will be skipped.
Note: We provide a config file that describes our coding style for clang. But due to a mistake on their side it might happen that you can get a different result that what we expect. See here and here for details. We will try to always run latest clang-format.
Test your changes with the following tools to find mistakes.
make check to run the unit tests with your current configuration or
./ci-build.sh to check with different switches passed to configure.
We provide a suppressions file
prof.supp. It is a combination of the suppressions for shipped with glib2, python and custom rules.
G_DEBUG=gc-friendly G_SLICE=always-malloc valgrind --tool=memcheck --track-origins=yes --leak-check=full --leak-resolution=high --num-callers=30 --show-leak-kinds=definite --log-file=profval --suppressions=prof.supp ./profanity
Running the clang static code analyzer helps improving the quality too.
We include a
.codespellrc configuration file for
codespell in the root directory.
Before committing it might make sense to run
codespell to see if you made any typos.
You can run the
make spell command for this.
make doublecheck will run the code formatter, spell checker and unit tests.