Here are the current guidelines if you want to commit something :
'Core' components changes
Do not modify a 'core' component without discussing it first with the project leads.
Core components include data structures, configuration handling. If you are unsure, just ask.
Commit per file
Avoid committing a whole folder, especially navit's sourcecode root. It would almost always update timestamps in the translations files, and generate a lot of useless commit log entries. So, as a general guideline, commit each needed file namely.
Format of the commit log
Since we are too lazy to maintain a changelog, we have a script which parses the commit logs and generate a changelog for us.
We have agreed about using the following syntax :
<Action>:<component>:<log message>[|Optionnal comments]
Fix:Core:Fixed nasty bug in ticket #134 Fix:GTK:Fixed nasty bug about destination button|Thanks someguy for the patch!
Action can be something like:
It allows the changes to be sorted by categories
Component is the component field in the bug tracker. The most common are :
The comment part is optionnal. Useful for when applying a patch for example, and giving credits. The part after | will not appear in the wiki.
About the log message, it's up to you :)