Tracking and participating in aptitude development

Getting the aptitude development source tree
Mailing list
Submitting patches
Tracking changes to the aptitude source tree
Building aptitude from the development tree

Getting the aptitude development source tree

If you want to test the latest bleeding-edge source code for aptitude, you can download unreleased aptitude source code using Mercurial. Install Mercurial (available from http://www.selenic.com/mercurial/) and execute the command hg clone http://hg.debian.org/hg/aptitude/head aptitude to retrieve the most recent source code.

[Warning]Warning

The aptitude Mercurial repository is an active development tree; it will change as bugs are fixed and features are added, and there is absolutely no guarantee that it will even compile, let alone run properly! Bug reports are welcome, but be aware that you use development code entirely at your own risk![1]

Mailing list

The primary mailing list for aptitude development is . Archives of the list are located at http://lists.alioth.debian.org/pipermail/aptitude-devel/. To subscribe, visit the Web page http://lists.alioth.debian.org/mailman/listinfo/aptitude-devel.

Submitting patches

Ideally, patches should be submitted to the aptitude mailing list, . But if you prefer sending them by private email, you may email them to or . A brief description of the motivation behind your patch, and an explanation of how it works, are greatly appreciated.

Tracking changes to the aptitude source tree

The aptitude source tree is regularly updated with new features, bugfixes, and new bugs. Once the source code is available on your computer (see the previous section), you can cd into it and type hg pull && hg update to update it with any changes made to the main repository.

To automatically receive notifications when changes are made to the aptitude codebase, subscribe to the RSS feed available at http://hg.debian.org/hg/aptitude/head?cl=tip;style=rss.

Building aptitude from the development tree

To build aptitude from the Mercurial repository, you must have the programs autoconf and automake installed. Type sh ./autogen.sh to generate the files needed to compile aptitude, then execute make and make install.



[1] Of course, all free software is used at your own risk, but the risk involved in using an active development tree is much higher.