Projects/KAuth/Polkit-KDE development guidelines

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This page serves as a guideline for developing and contributing to the polkit-KDE project.

Interested repositories

This guidelines are valid for:

We will assume all of the repositories are using git: this is not obviously true for KAuth - for which you can skip the branch/merge phase described below.

How to contribute


IMPORTANT: Those guidelines apply to project managers theirselves as well!

Contribution to these projects should happen by following those very simple guidelines:

  • Trivial patches, typo fixes, etc (you get the point) may be committed straight into master without authorization - but be sure to notify (CCMAIL is your friend) at least one of the project managers.
  • Anything else should be submitted for review to ReviewBoard, and get the approval of at least one of the project managers.


You should always prepare your patches in a separate branch. Once your branch is ready, post your review to ReviewBoard, where it will eventually be accepted.

Once accepted, if you don't have a KDE identity account with developer access, use git-format-patch to generate your set of commits and send it to one of the project managers (possibly the one who approved your changes) so that he can merge it.

If you have an account instead, do the following (on an updated git tree):

git checkout master
git reset --hard origin/master # Where origin should be the remote pointing to the upstream repository
git checkout your-branch-to-be-integrated
git rebase master
git checkout master
git merge --no-ff
git commit --amend

This command assures that your branch is fully rebased on top of the upstream master, and creates a merge commit. Once you enter the last command, you will be prompted to edit the merge commit's message. Add "Reviewed-By: Name Surname <mail@address>" for each one of the project managers who reviewed and approved your patch. After doing that, push your changes to master.

Coding style policy

KDELibs Coding style (Policies/Kdelibs_Coding_Style) should be used.

This page was last modified on 26 March 2011, at 23:41. Content is available under Creative Commons License SA 3.0 as well as the GNU Free Documentation License 1.2 unless otherwise noted.