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development - quick starter for development with the DragonFly codebase


DragonFly uses the git(1) distributed revision control system. If it is not already on the system, it needs to be installed via dports(7) (devel/git). The EXAMPLES section gives initial information to get going with development on DragonFly. Please refer to the git(1) manual pages and other related documents for further information on git's capabilities and how to use them. The SEE ALSO section below has some links. For information on how to build the DragonFly system from source code, see build(7). For information on how to build the LiveCD, LiveDVD or thumb drive image, see release(7). For a specification of DragonFly's preferred source code style, refer to style(9). An emacs(1) function to switch C-mode to this style (more or less) can be found in /usr/share/misc/dragonfly.el. For vim(1) users, a /usr/share/misc/dragonfly.vim is available.


A fresh copy of the repository can be cloned anywhere. Note that the directory to clone into (/usr/src in the following example) must not exist, so all previous work in this directory has to be saved and the directory be removed prior to cloning. Also note that while the main repository is on crater, it is recommended that one of the DragonFly mirrors be used instead. Simple setup of the local repository is done using /usr/Makefile: cd /usr make help # get brief help make src-create # create the source repository Somewhat finer control can be achieved using git(1) directly. To clone the repository and check out the master branch (this will take some time): cd /usr git clone -o crater git://crater.dragonflybsd.org/dragonfly.git src cd src The repository can be held up to date by pulling frequently (to set up a cron(8) job, git(1)'s --git-dir option can be used): cd /usr/src git pull It is not recommended to work directly in the master branch. To create and checkout a working branch: git checkout -b work To create and checkout a branch of the DragonFly 2.0 release (called rel2_0): git checkout -b rel2_0 crater/DragonFly_RELEASE_2_0 Branches can be deleted just as easy: git branch -d work After changes have been made to a branch, they can be committed: git commit -a git-commit(1)'s -m and -F options can be used to specify a commit message on the command line or read it from a file, respectively. Finally, branches can be merged with the (updated) master by using rebase: git checkout master git pull git checkout work git rebase master


When importing vendor sources, make sure that you don't import too many unnecessary sources. Especially test suites that are not used by the DragonFly build are good candidates for being stripped away. These instructions assume that you have already extracted the source package into its final directory and trimmed the source files appropriately. Do not change the vendor sources before importing them on the vendor branch! Necessary changes to the vendor sources should be applied to the master branch after the import. For the following example, we will import the imaginary package foo-2.3 into contrib/foo. If this is the first import of foo, you will have to choose the name of the vendor branch. Customarily, this will be vendor/FOO. However, if you intend to maintain multiple vendor sources for the same package concurrently, you should choose a branch name that includes part of the version, e.g., vendor/FOO2. First, we need to create an orphan branch (i.e., a new branch with no history) as the vendor branch: git checkout --orphan vendor/FOO Then we remove the previous content because the vendor branch will only contain the vendor sources to be imported: git rm -rf . Next, move the prepared vendor sources to the destination, i.e., contrib/foo. Then we perform the import: git add contrib/foo git commit -m "Import foo-2.3 on the vendor branch" Next, we merge the vendor branch into master: git checkout master git merge --allow-unrelated-histories vendor/FOO Now you are free to change the sources in contrib/foo, since you are back to the master branch. The first thing to do is to add README.DRAGONFLY and README.DELETED. The former documents how the imported sources can be obtained, including basic information (e.g., version, date, checksum) of the source package. The latter lists all files and directories that have been removed from the source package. You should use the /usr/src/tools/tools/genreadmedeleted/genreadmedeleted shell script to generate this file. Commit the READMEs first: git add contrib/foo/README.D* git commit -m "foo: add our READMEs" And then commit your local changes to the sources. Finally, push master and the vendor branch to the upstream: git push crater master vendor/FOO


git(1) (devel/git), build(7), committer(7), release(7) Documentation on git's page, http://git-scm.com/documentation. Git Magic, http://www-cs-students.stanford.edu/~blynn/gitmagic/.


The development manual page was originally written by Matthew Dillon <dillon@FreeBSD.org> and first appeared in FreeBSD 5.0, December 2002. It was rewritten when DragonFly switched to git(1). DragonFly 5.9-DEVELOPMENT March 3, 2020 DragonFly 5.9-DEVELOPMENT

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