Contribute to Asqatasun using Git and GitHub

Foreword: welcome ! Come and have fun coding with us :)

This chapter assumes that you already have a git client (see Scott Chacon's Pro Git if you need help getting started) and a GitHub account by the name of "github_user" (but any other way of forking the original Asqatasun repository should work the same).

Fork and clone

Using the Fork button, create your own fork of the Asqatasun repository into your GitHub account. This repository will be accessible through the web interface of GitHub at and through SSH at

Make a local clone of that fork, using command line:

git clone (or the equivalent command through you favorite graphical Git client)

Don't forget to "cd" into your local repository:

cd Asqatasun

Since git clone already set up a remote named origin pointing to your fork on GitHub and a local branch named master tracking the remote origin/master, we don't need to care about that... but we want to set up a remote named upstream that links to the original repository and that we will use to keep ourselves synced:

git remote add upstream git://

Last but not least: all new development (bar hotfixes) should be based on the develop branch rather than on the master, so let's get ourselves a local branch for that:

git checkout -b develop origin/develop

Starting your own development

Whether your contribution is a full-fledged feature or a mere typo fix, the process will be the same and can be summed up as:

  1. create your work branch based on the last available state of the develop branch,
  2. work,
  3. commit locally,
  4. push your local work branch to your fork on GitHub (to prevent losing your changes in the event of data loss on your local machine),
  5. rinse and repeat step 2, 3 and 4 until satisfied,
  6. rebase your work on last available state of the develop to make sure it will merge easily and without conflicts,
  7. push one last time your local branch on your GitHub fork,
  8. send a pull request for that branch!

Let's see that process in details.

Creating the work branch from an up-to-date version of develop

First, switch to your local develop branch and update it from the official Asqatasun repository:

git checkout develop

git pull upstream develop

If some actual updates come in, you may want to push them to your fork, so as to keep it up-to-date:

git push

Now create your local work branch from that point:

git checkout -b my_work_branch


Well, you should know how to do that one ;)

Commit locally

This one should go something like:

git add .

git commit -m "my commit message with useful informations in it"

Refer to Scott Chacon's Pro Git for more information on how to work with Git.

Push to your fork

This step should be executed almost as often as the previous one (unless you don't have network access at the moment) because it makes a de-facto backup of your current work (saving you in case anything bad happens to the computer you work on) and enables other people to see your work, comment it, contribute to it, etc.

Also, it is really simple:

The first time you will run:

git push -u origin my_work_branch:my_work_branch

This will push your local branch to your fork on GitHub and set your local branch to track that new remote branch. Then each time after that you'll just have to run:

git push -f

(the -f flag being used in case your local history changed, for example after a rebase)

Getting ready for the Pull Request

Once satisfied of your work, and before actually sending the pull request, you should make sure the develop branch evolution still merge with your work. The easiest way to do that is to update your local develop (if some actual updates come in, you may want to push them to your fork) and rebase your work branch on that. It goes like this:

git checkout develop

git pull upstream develop

git push

git checkout my_work_branch

git rebase develop

At that point, you may have conflicts to solve, and you'll definitely want to check that your work is still correct and still applies as you intended (everything compiles, Unit Tests are passed, etc). Once that is done, push your work branch on your fork one last time:

git push -f

And you are ready to send your Pull Request

The actual Pull Request

There is one last catch: your Pull Request should be applied to the Asqatasun/develop branch, and not to Asqatasun/master as is the default when using GitHub web interface (see GitHub's help about creating a Pull Request, point 4).

That's it, you are ready to send us your Pull Request!