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We love seeing people contribute patches to the Jetty project and the process is relatively simple. The requirements to commit are modest but very important to the Eclipse Foundation and the intellectual property of the open source project. The following is the general process by which we operate.
When the pull request is made, a git-hook will validate the email address.
Not everything is specifically relevant since we are at GitHub but the crux of things are detailed there. The CLA is critically important to the process.
The Eclipse Foundation has a strong Intellectual Property policy which tracks contributions in detail to ensure that:
A contributor needs to e-sign a Contributor Licence Agreement (for more explanation see the Eclipse CLA FAQ ) regardless of how their contribution patch is provided. You can familiarize yourself with the Eclipse wiki page at Contributing via Git. In order to have a pull request accepted by any Eclipse project you must complete this agreement.
Log into the Eclipse projects forge (you will need to create an account with the Eclipse Foundation if you have not already done so); click on "Contributor License Agreement"; and Complete the form. Be sure to use the same email address when you create any Git commit records.
GitHub has copious amounts of quality documentation on how to interact with the system and you will minimally need to configure the user.email property. Check out the following guide on GitHub for more information.
When making the commit for the pull request it is vital that you "sign-off" on the commit using "git commit -s" option. Without this sign-off, your patch cannot be applied to the Jetty repository because it will be rejected.
You can check out the guide at Github for more information.
One way to think of this is that when you sign the CLA you are indicating that you are free to contribute to eclipse, but that doesn’t mean everything you ever do can be contributed. Using the commit signing mechanism indicates that your commit is under the auspices of your agreement.
If a pull request is for a particular issue in our repository then the format of the commit message is important. The message should follow the form "Issue #123 <description of the commit>". When the Jetty project runs releases we have an automated process that scans for commits with this format for inclusion in our VERSION.txt file.
git commit -s -m "Issue #123 resolving the issue by adding widget"
Pull requests are very much a GitHub process so best explained by Github.
We wholeheartedly welcome contributions to Jetty and will do our best to process them in a timely fashion. While not every contribution will be accepted as is our commitment is to work with interested parties on the things they care about. With that in mind, short of some simple contributions we can only handle pull requests with actively engaged parties. We reserve the right to abandon pull requests whose authors do no respond in a timely fashion. We will generally adhere to the following time frames for contributions.
Invalid Pull Requests - 1 week
Valid Pull Requests - 2 weeks