LNXHC - Linux Health Checker

Contributing to the Linux Health Checker

Please read this document if you would like to help improving the Linux Health Checker. In general, all types of contributions are welcome, for example:

  • Fixes for code or documentation
  • New plug-ins for health checks or result consumers
  • Functional enhancements to the health checker framework

There are some rules that these contributions must follow to be acceptable for inclusion:

  1. Register and become a contributor.
  2. The contribution must align with the project goals of the Linux Health Checker.
  3. The contribution must follow a particular format.
  4. The contribution must be signed.

Once you have made sure that your contribution follows these rules, send it via e-mail to the Linux Health Checker mailing list.

How to become a contributor

To register as a contributor, send a registration mail to the mailing list with the following content:

By making a contribution to this lnxhc (Linux Health Checker) project on
http://lnxhc.sourceforge.net, I certify that:

  a) The contribution was created by me and I have the right to submit it
     under the terms and conditions of the open source license
     "Eclipse Public License version 1.0"

  b) The contribution is made free of any other party's intellectual property
     claims or rights.

  c) I understand and agree that this project and the contribution are public
     and that a record of the contribution (including all personal information
     I submit with it, including my sign-off) is maintained indefinitely and
     may be redistributed consistent with this project or the open source
     license(s) involved.

Signed-off-by: Your Name <your.email@example.org>

Project goals

The goal of the Linux Health Checker project is to provide a tool that checks Linux systems for problems. "Problem" in this context can mean anything from configuration errors or deviations from best practice setups to non-optimal settings of the environment in which Linux runs. If a problem is found, the Linux Health Checker generates a message that describes the problem and a possible solution in detail and in a way that is understandable by system administrators who are familiar with - but not necessarily experts in - the problem area.

If you have an idea for a contribution but are unsure if it aligns with the project goals, feel free to discuss the idea on the mailing list.

Contribution format

To contribute a change, please create a patch using the diff utility with the following command line options:

diff -uprN

Please base your changes on the most current version of lnxhc. You can use the following command line to obtain this version from the lnxhc git repository:

git clone git://lnxhc.git.sourceforge.net/gitroot/lnxhc/lnxhc

Add a meaningful description of the contribution to the top of the patch. The description should follow this format:

component: short description

detailed description

Signed-off-by: Your Name <your.email@example.org>

With your Signed-off-by, you certify the rules from your contribution registration. Be sure that your patch also contains an update of the "CONTRIBUTORS" file of the lnxhc package, which lists your contribution.