Contribute to Jami
Contributions to Jami are always welcome and are much appreciated. There are many ways to contribute to Jami, including reporting bugs and issues, contributing code, helping package and maintain Jami for your GNU/Linux distribution or other operating system, as well as contributing to these very docs themselves.
Please see below for how to get started contributing to Jami!
Please see the Bug report guide for step-by-step instructions on how to report bugs and issues you encounter in Jami.
Contributions to these docs are always welcome and appreciated, from small corrections to whole new chapters.
This page will walk through the steps to create a new page or submit a correction. The patch review process is the same as for any other Jami project, so we will not explain every command.
By contributing to this documentation, you agree to make your contributions available under the GNU Free Documentation License, Version 1.3 or any later version published by the Free Software Foundation; with no Invariant Sections, no Front-Cover Texts, and no Back-Cover Texts.
You are also promising that you are the author of your changes, or that you copied them from a work in the public domain or a work released under a free license that is compatible with the GNU Free Documentation License. DO NOT SUBMIT COPYRIGHTED WORK WITHOUT PERMISSION.
You will need Git installed and configured to use your SSH keypair, and an account on the Jami Gerrit, where you would send your patches for review. If you need help with this, see the beginning of our patch submission guide (TODO).
$ pip install --upgrade sphinx sphinx_rtd_theme myst_parser
If you want to use the auto-build and auto-refresh feature, also install sphinx-autobuild.
$ pip install --upgrade sphinx-autobuild
Clone the repository and configure the push settings like this:
$ git clone "ssh://USERNAME@review.jami.net:29420/jami-docs.git"
$ cd jami-docs
$ git config remote.origin.push HEAD:refs/for/master
You may want to checkout a new branch for each contribution/change
before you make any change to the files, so that you could easily
git pull any future changes from upstream into your main local
$ git checkout -b my-example-change
Pages are written in either markdown or reStructuredText. You can click “View page source” at the top of any page to open the raw source of the page and see how it was written.
Go ahead and make your changes to the
From the base of the repository, run:
$ make clean && make html
You should now be able to view the documentation in your web
browser. The homepage is at
This documentation does not currently build with the latest version of sphinx. Please see this issue on GitLab for a workaround and updates regarding this problem.
To automatically build the documentation and refresh your web browser whenever you save changes, run:
$ make clean && make watch
Keep this running in the background, then navigate to http://127.0.0.1:8000 (not the local .html file).
$ git add source/file/you/edited.md
$ git commit
Your commit message should look something like this:
Short summary of your change in present tense
Longer description of your change in complete sentences, if necessary.
Jami GitLab issue numbers (e.g. GitLab: #445), if relevant.
Add new page section to contribute guide
Add a new section explaining how to add a new page to these docs,
including listing it in the `toctree` directive of the containing
The first time you try to push your changes, Gerrit will complain that
you don’t have a Change-Id in your commit, and provide an
command to install the commit hook. After running the command, you
should be able to recommit and push your change:
$ git commit --amend --no-edit
$ git push
A reviewer may ask you to make changes to your patch before merging
it. This is no problem! Simply make the changes,
git add them,
git commit --amend to modify the patch. Note the
--amend switch, which is needed to tell git to amend/tweak the
existing newest commit rather than making a new commit. This is the
workflow for updating a proposed change when using Gerrit.
If you decide to add a whole new page to the documentation, you must
also add it to the
toctree directive of that chapter.
For instance, if you added a new page called
hosting-jams-on-aws-guide.md to the Jami user manual in the
user folder, you should add it in the
toctree directive of
user/index.rst, without the file extension: