MS RFC 7.2: MapServer Git Push Management




Frank Warmerdam, Tom Kralidis and Thomas Bonfort


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tomkralidis at


tbonfort at

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To formalize Git push access, and specify guidelines for Git committers. More information on working with Git in MapServer can be found at

Election to Git Push Access

Permission for Git push access shall be provided to new developers only if accepted by the MapServer Project Steering Committee. A proposal should be written to the PSC for new committers and voted on normally. It is not necessary to write an RFC document for these votes; email to mapserver-dev is sufficient.

Removal of Git commit access should be handled by the same process.

The new committer should have demonstrated commitment to MapServer and knowledge of the MapServer source code and processes to the committee’s satisfaction, usually by reporting issues , submitting pull requests, and/or actively participating in the various MapServer forums.

The new committer should also be prepared to support any new feature or changes that he/she commits to the MapServer source tree in future releases, or to find someone to which to delegate responsibility for them if he/she stops being available to support the portions of code that he/she is responsible for.

All committers should also be a member of mapserver-dev mailing list so they can stay informed on policies, technical developments and release preparation.

Committer Tracking

A list of all project committers will be managed in with the following format:

  • Userid: the id that will appear in the Git commit logs for this person.

  • Full name: the user’s actual name.

  • Email address: A current email address at which the committer can be reached. It may be altered in normal ways to make it harder to auto-harvest.

  • A brief indication of areas of responsibility.

Git Administrator

One member of the Project Steering Committee will be designated the Git Administrator. That person will be responsible for giving Git commit access to folks, updating the COMMITERS file, and other Git related management.

Thomas Bonfort, Steve Lime and Daniel Morissette will be the Git Administrators.

Git Commit Practices

The following are considered good Git commit practices for the MapServer project:

  • Use meaningful descriptions for Git commit log entries. Commit messages should follow git commit conventions, i.e. a short one-line summary, followed eventually by a blank line and a paragraph giving more detail.

  • Add a GitHub issue reference like “(#1232)” as part of the commit message when possible.

  • Include an entry in HISTORY.txt for any new feature or backwards incompatible quirk implemented in the main branch. Make sure it is placed under the correct version heading and include issue numbers accordingly. Commits to stable branches should not include an update to HISTORY.txt, but instead contain a sufficiently descriptive commit message.

  • Never commit new features to a stable branch; only critical fixes. New features can only go in the main development main. This also applies to pre-release stable branches once they have been branched off of main.

  • Discuss significant changes on the -dev list before you make them. Larger changes require an RFC approved by the PSC.

  • Ensure all source code in Git is in Unix text format as opposed to DOS text mode.

  • Ensure that all commits do not break any existing tests (or that the test suite be updated with expected results if required).

  • Ensure new features get msautotest tests added, exercising the functionality in both normal and exceptional conditions.

  • When fixing subtle or non-trivially impacting bugs, add a relevant msautotest to ensure the fix remains in the long run.

  • Ensure that the committed code is in accordance with MapServer’s coding conventions as per

  • When committing new features or significant changes to existing source code, the committer should take reasonable measures to ensure that the source code continues to build and work on the most commonly supported platforms (currently Linux and Windows), either by testing on those platforms directly, or by getting help from other developers working on those platforms. If new files or library dependencies are added, then,, and related documentation should be kept up to date.

  • Use GitHub pull requests rather than directly committing to the branches as a practical way of testing proposed changes before inclusion, given MapServer’s setup for continuous integration.

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