7.2. Contribution Procedure

7.2.1. Contributing updates to SIMP

We use the standard GitHub workflow for SIMP development with the exception that we use a Squash and Merge merge method for pulling in changes. This is done to maintain a more legible commit history on master.

  1. Search the SIMP JIRA for an open ticket that is relevant to the issue or open a new one.

  2. Use the GitHub GUI to fork and clone the repository (we’ll use pupmod-simp-iptables for the rest of this walkthrough)

  3. Clone the repo you want to work on:

    • git clone git@github.com:<YOUR_GITHUB_NAME>/pupmod-simp-iptables iptables

  4. Enter the directory and create a feature branch: git checkout -b SIMP-XXXX

  5. Do your work! (Including tests, of course)

  6. Commit your work. We will squash your pull request into one commit when we merge it, so you can use as many commits as you’d like.


    The first commit (and/or Pull Request) message should follow our Commit Message Conventions

  7. Push your changes to GitHub on your feature branch:

    • git push origin SIMP-XXXX

  8. Using the GitHub GUI, create a pull request from your feature branch to the branch of the original repo that you want to contribute to. Leave the ‘Allow edits from maintainers’ checkbox checked to let a team member add commits to your pull request.

  9. GitHub Actions will run the spec tests for the branch and a member of the SIMP team will review your submission. You should receive emails from GitHub as code reviews progress.

7.2.2. Commit Message Conventions

An example commit message that following the SIMP conventions:

(SIMP-999) Fix the broken thing [50 chars max]

Discussion about the fix (if needed) [each line: 72 chars max]

SIMP-998 #comment Comment on a related issue [72 chars max]
SIMP-999 #close

The first commit message should be the following format:

  • First line:

    • Start with the Issue name in parentheses [e.g., (SIMP-999)], followed by a summary of the change

    • No longer than 50 characters

    • Followed by a line of white space

  • Subsequent lines:

    • Each line should be no longer than 72 characters

    • Describe the previous behavior, why it was changed, and the changes in detail

  • Issue references:

7.2.3. Testing Your Submissions

First off, thank you again for your contribution! Things don’t get better without your help!

This section contains two sets of guidelines. First, ones that are recommended for external contributions from the community. Second, ones that are expected to be adhered to by the core development team. External Contributors

We will happily accept all levels of contributions, small, medium, or large without any tests.

However, for us to quickly and effectively assess your contribution you should either add unit (rspec-puppet) and/or acceptance (beaker) tests.

As the size of the contribution increases, this becomes increasingly important, because, depending upon the complexity of the changes, it may simply be too difficult to do a timely assessment of such a contribution without corresponding tests. In these cases, it would be best if you split your contribution into smaller pull requests that are easier to assess. Core Developer Contributions

The core development team is expected to follow these guidelines when adding code to the project.

In all cases, a cursory grep through the simp-doc project should be done and a ticket should be entered if the overall project documentation may be affected by your change.

This should also be done by the core development team for any external contributions, since it is unreasonable to expect external contributors to take the effort to dig through the simp-doc project. Trivial Contributions

Trivial contributions are those that constitute a small documentation update, code correction, or bug fix consisting of only a few lines. These contributions must not negatively impact the behavior of the user experience or code.

Trivial contributions do not require an associated ticket and may be covered under a SIMP-MAINT branch.

Trivial contributions require one maintenance team member review and may optionally add additional unit or acceptance testing. Minor Contributions

Minor contributions are those that add a feature or fix a larger bug in components that are more than five or ten lines and/or are not only documentation updates.

Minor contributions must have unit tests and should have acceptance tests. Acceptance tests may be deferred but a ticket must be filed with an explanation and a link in the PR if the acceptance test addition is deferred.

Minor contributions require one maintenance team member review. The reviewing team member may decide that acceptance tests are required based on the understandability of the contribution. Major Contributions

Major contributions are any changes that affect multiple parts of the system, any contribution of moderate or higher cyclomatic complexity, or anything that adds a breaking change to the system.

Major contributions must have unit tests that cover all major code paths and pay particular attention to edge cases.

Acceptance tests must also be provided that cover the primary usage of the code that, at a minimum, test the code in a way that end users would use it.

User facing changes should also contain documentation updates that cover the expected use cases.

Major contributions require two maintenance team member reviews. Emergency Contributions

On occasion, a fix or patch will need to be made with a very short turn around time. These may include up to Minor Contributions and may be added after two code reviews without the addition of tests. However, a ticket must be added that notes a requirement for tests to be added to the specified capability. This ticket should link directly to the PR that added the code for later reference. Experimental Contributions

Experimental contributions are changes that may not be ready for the end user, but that need reviews and/or attention.

For items that are not end-user facing, such as the testing components or frameworks, there may be a need to try out different techniques prior to releasing a full update. These may be added to the unstable master branch without testing but tests should be added if the changes will be released in the future.