We’re always grateful for patches to Django’s code. Indeed, bug reports with associated patches will get fixed far more quickly than those without patches.
If you are fixing a really trivial issue, for example changing a word in the documentation, the preferred way to provide the patch is using GitHub pull requests without a Trac ticket.
See the Working with Git and GitHub for more details on how to use pull requests.
In an open-source project with hundreds of contributors around the world, it’s important to manage communication efficiently so that work doesn’t get duplicated and contributors can be as effective as possible.
Hence, our policy is for contributors to “claim” tickets in order to let other developers know that a particular bug or feature is being worked on.
If you have identified a contribution you want to make and you’re capable of fixing it (as measured by your coding ability, knowledge of Django internals and time availability), claim it by following these steps:
The Django software foundation requests that anyone contributing more than a trivial patch to Django sign and submit a Contributor License Agreement, this ensures that the Django Software Foundation has clear license to all contributions allowing for a clear license for all users.
Once you’ve claimed a ticket, you have a responsibility to work on that ticket in a reasonably timely fashion. If you don’t have time to work on it, either unclaim it or don’t claim it in the first place!
If there’s no sign of progress on a particular claimed ticket for a week or two, another developer may ask you to relinquish the ticket claim so that it’s no longer monopolized and somebody else can claim it.
If you’ve claimed a ticket and it’s taking a long time (days or weeks) to code, keep everybody updated by posting comments on the ticket. If you don’t provide regular updates, and you don’t respond to a request for a progress report, your claim on the ticket may be revoked.
As always, more communication is better than less communication!
Going through the steps of claiming tickets is overkill in some cases.
In the case of small changes, such as typos in the documentation or small bugs that will only take a few minutes to fix, you don’t need to jump through the hoops of claiming tickets. Submit your patch directly and you’re done!
It is always acceptable, regardless whether someone has claimed it or not, to submit patches to a ticket if you happen to have a patch ready.
Make sure that any contribution you do fulfills at least the following requirements:
If you can’t send a pull request for some reason, you can also use patches in Trac. When using this style, follow these guidelines.
.diffextension; this will let the ticket tracker apply correct syntax highlighting, which is quite helpful.
Regardless of the way you submit your work, follow these steps.
A “non-trivial” patch is one that is more than a small bug fix. It’s a patch that introduces Django functionality and makes some sort of design decision.
If you provide a non-trivial patch, include evidence that alternatives have been discussed on django-developers.
If you’re not sure whether your patch should be considered non-trivial, ask on the ticket for opinions.
There are a couple of reasons that code in Django might be deprecated:
As the deprecation policy describes, the first release of Django that deprecates a feature (
A.B) should raise a
RemovedInDjangoXXWarning (where XX is the Django version where the feature will be removed) when the deprecated feature is invoked. Assuming we have good test coverage, these warnings are converted to errors when running the test suite with warnings enabled:
python -Wa runtests.py. Thus, when adding a
RemovedInDjangoXXWarning you need to eliminate or silence any warnings generated when running the tests.
The first step is to remove any use of the deprecated behavior by Django itself. Next you can silence warnings in tests that actually test the deprecated behavior by using the
ignore_warnings decorator, either at the test or class level:
In a particular test:
from django.test import ignore_warnings from django.utils.deprecation import RemovedInDjangoXXWarning @ignore_warnings(category=RemovedInDjangoXXWarning) def test_foo(self): ...
For an entire test case:
from django.test import ignore_warnings from django.utils.deprecation import RemovedInDjangoXXWarning @ignore_warnings(category=RemovedInDjangoXXWarning) class MyDeprecatedTests(unittest.TestCase): ...
You can also add a test for the deprecation warning:
from django.utils.deprecation import RemovedInDjangoXXWarning def test_foo_deprecation_warning(self): msg = 'Expected deprecation message' with self.assertWarnsMessage(RemovedInDjangoXXWarning, msg): # invoke deprecated behavior
Finally, there are a couple of updates to Django’s documentation to make:
docs/releases/A.B.txt) under the “Features deprecated in A.B” heading.
docs/internals/deprecation.txt) under the appropriate version describing what code will be removed.
Once you have completed these steps, you are finished with the deprecation. In each feature release, all
RemovedInDjangoXXWarnings matching the new version are removed.
Use this checklist to review a pull request. If you are reviewing a pull request that is not your own and it passes all the criteria below, please set the “Triage Stage” on the corresponding Trac ticket to “Ready for checkin”. If you’ve left comments for improvement on the pull request, please tick the appropriate flags on the Trac ticket based on the results of your review: “Patch needs improvement”, “Needs documentation”, and/or “Needs tests”. As time and interest permits, committers do final reviews of “Ready for checkin” tickets and will either commit the patch or bump it back to “Accepted” if further works need to be done. If you’re looking to become a committer, doing thorough reviews of patches is a great way to earn trust.
Looking for a patch to review? Check out the “Patches needing review” section of the Django Development Dashboard. Looking to get your patch reviewed? Ensure the Trac flags on the ticket are set so that the ticket appears in that queue.
make html, or
make.bat htmlon Windows, from the
docs/releases/A.B.C.txt? Bug fixes that will be applied only to the main branch don’t need a release note.
See the Deprecating a feature guide.
flake8errors? You can install the pre-commit hooks to automatically catch these errors.