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Sahana Eden uses the Git DVCS & hosts active branches on GitHub

Developer Workflow

Fork a fresh Branch

  • Sign-up for an account on GitHub
    • So that you can contribute code back to the project you will need an SSH public key. There is on-line help at github (select Beginner - Set Up Git and then scroll down to Set Up SSH Keys)
  • Fork the Eden Branch:
  • Use Git to clone this down to your PC:
    cd web2py/applications
    git clone
    cd eden
    git remote add upstream git://

Ongoing Coding

We suggest adopting the Story Branch pattern, which allows squashing commits in order to keep the main Trunk as clean as possible

cd <mybranch>
# Update your working directory with latest code from Trunk
git pull upstream master
git checkout -b <mystory>
# Write Code
git commit -am "My Story"
# Quick review of code (no test code left in, etc)
git diff master
# Merge latest Trunk
git checkout master
git pull
git checkout <mystory>
git rebase master #The rebase command will apply your commits ON TOP of the latest revisions from trunk, so that they are committed in the right order.
# Push to your branch on GitHub
git checkout master
git merge <mystory>
git push
# Cleanup
git branch -d <mystory>

Resolving Merge Conflicts

If you encounter conflicts during the rebase, the conflicts will be tagged in the files with:

<<<<<<< HEAD
# Commits from Trunk
# Commits from <mystory>
>>>>>>> "My Story"

You can correct these conflict in your code text editor, then add them andcontinue the rebase:

git add -u
git rebase --continue

You can create the .THIS & .OTHER files using:

git show :2:file.txt > file.txt.THIS
git show :3:file.txt > file.txt.OTHER

You can use the changes to a file in the remote branch (theirs / OTHER):

git checkout --theirs filename.c
git add filename.c
git commit 

...or the changes to a file in your local branch (ours / THIS):

git checkout --ours filename.c
git add filename.c
git commit

...or the changes to ALL files in the remote branch (theirs / OTHER):

git checkout --theirs . # checkout our local version of all files
git add -u             # mark all conflicted files as merged
git commit             # commit the merge

Or the changes to ALL files in your local branch (ours / THIS)

git checkout --ours . # checkout our local version of all files
git add -u            # mark all conflicted files as merged
git commit            # commit the merge

Although on Windows this seems by default to produce UTF-16 files! ('UCS-2 Little Endian'). A script to make this process easier for Windows users is attached: merge.cmd

Reverting to last committed code

If you want to throw away all uncommitted changes (i.e. 'bzr revert'), then:

git reset --hard HEAD

Developer Configuration

git config --global "Your Name"
git config --global
git config --global github.user yourgithubusername
git config --global github.token yourtoken
git config --global core.editor "'C:/Program Files (x86)/Notepad++/notepad++.exe' -multiInst -notabbar -nosession -noPlugin"
git config --global merge.tool diffmerge
git config --global diff.tool diffmerge
git config --global difftool.diffmerge.cmd 'C:/Program Files (x86)/Git/etc/wrappers/' "$LOCAL" "$REMOTE"
git config --global difftool.prompt false
git config --global merge.tool diffmerge
git config --global mergetool.diffmerge.cmd 'C:/Program Files (x86)/Git/etc/wrappers/' "$PWD/$LOCAL" "$PWD/$BASE" "$PWD/$REMOTE" "$PWD/$MERGED"
git config --global mergetool.prompt false
git config --global mergetool.trustExitCode false
git config --global mergetool.keepBackup false


Install Console & Diffmerge & configure Powershell.

Developer Tools

.gitattributes runs to update the VERSION file on commit

Possibly we could add a pre-commit hook to run tests, e.g. based on or


You can subscribe to commits via RSS, e.g. to subscribe to Trunk, use:

If you wish to receive email notification of commits, then you can use an Email to RSS service like:

Alternate Developer Workflow

This is an alternate woerkflow which we shoudl deprecate after seeing whether anythign should be moved up

  • Make sure your work is fully tested.
  • Tell git about any new files you've added. If you've added a new directory, you can just add the files in the directory and git will add the directory too. (Do "git help add" for a description of how to use the bzr add command.)
    git add filename...
  • Commit your changes -- this records them in your local git repository. Provide a message that describes what the change is for. If it fixes a bug, include the ticket number.
    git commit -a -m "Describe your change here."
  • It is really important, that the forked and the main eden repositorys are in sync here as we want to avoid merge-conflicts. To do that we need a branch of the eden master-repository:
     * Make sure that you are in the Eden directory here!
    git remote add upstream git://
    git fetch upstream
  • Now you have a branch of the original Eden repository. If you want to update your master-branch, you can fetch it again and merge both branches:
    git fetch upstream
    git merge upstream/master
  • Solve the conflicts if there were any
  • Finally commit the merged version, push it to GitHub and send a Pull-Request on the GitHub site:
    git status
    ... add missing files ...
    git commit -a -m "Some message"
    git push




Sahana Eden has decided to move from Bzr/LaunchPad to Git/GitHub

  • The current repository is huge & bloated, taking too long to download.
  • Even simple changes take an age to Pull down to servers
  • Web2py no longer supports Bzr/LaunchPad, so we want to be able to maintain a common tool to work with both repositories.
  • New developers are likely to be more familiar with Git/GitHub


The preferred approach is to have a clean repository, in order to get the maximum benefit from the migration...although it is technically possible to migrate the commit history. Commit History will instead be maintained on the LaunchPad site as an archive

Migrating existing Branches

Merge branch with trunk using normal Bzr tools

Assuming that you have already forked Eden Trunk, then you will need to create a new repository manually for additional branches, as you cannot fork your own project on GitHub:

    cd web2py/applications
    git clone <mybranch>2
  • Move .git & .gitignore from <mybranch>2 to <mybranch>
  • Delete the rest of <mybranch>2
  • Edit .git/config:
    [remote "origin"]
        fetch = +refs/heads/*:refs/remotes/origin/*
        url =<mygitusername>/<mybranch>.git
  • Create the initial repo for this new branch
    cd <mybranch>
    git add .
    git commit -am "Initial Git version of My branch"
    git push -u origin master
    git remote add upstream git://

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