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Beginners Contributing Guide

See the Contribution Guidelines for information and objectives of the wiki.


  • Docker is already running in your environment
  • You have a Github account and are logged in
  • This guide was written for linux

Note: This document will use variables throughout make sure to change them as needed.

Install Git

This section will install Git.

  1. Log in to the your computer or server you are going to use for Git.

  2. Type apt-get install git git will be installed.

  3. Type git config --global "" to set an email address that will be used when you post to GitHub.

  4. Type git config --global "John Doe" to set a username that will be used when you post to GitHub.

  5. Type git config --list to verify the email address and username.

Fork & Clone the Self-Hosted Show wiki

This section will Fork the entire Self-Hosted Show wiki to your Github account, and then clone the fork in order to enable local editing.

  1. Navigate to the upstream.

  2. Click Fork in the top right to copy the "wiki" repository to your Github account.

  3. Make sure you have ssh keys added to your account

  4. Log in to your computer or server you are going to use for Git and cd to the directory you want to download the wiki repository to.

  5. Type git clone && cd wiki.

  6. Verify the "master" branch is checked out type git checkout master.

  7. Type git remote -v to verify that the origin site was added.

    origin (fetch)

    origin (push)

  8. Specify a new upstream repository that will be synced with this fork, type git remote add upstream

  9. Verify the new upstream repository you've specified for your fork, type git remote -v, the output should look like the below.

origin (fetch)
origin (push)
upstream (fetch)
upstream (push)

Start the Wiki Docker Container

This section will start the wiki docker container in the local environment.

Note: The below path may be different, depending on where the wiki was cloned to.

Note: -f will define a docker-compose file and -d ("detached" mode) will start the wiki it in the background

  1. Type sudo docker-compose -f ~/PATHTOWIKI/wiki/docker-compose.yml up -d this will start the wiki in docker.

  2. Type docker ps to verify that the wiki container is running.

  3. Navigate to http://DockerIP:8000 and wiki website will then open.

  4. Now edit the wiki site in your editor of choice and when you save the file, the site will be updated with the changes that are made enabling real time (more or less) verifying what the site will look like with the changes.

Merging a local repository into your Fork

This Section will "merge" the local changes to your fork (your github repo that was made above in Fork & Clone the Self-Hosted Show wiki)

  1. Type git add example2.png to add the changed files to your commit.

  2. Type git commit -m "updated x,y,z" to commit the changes to your fork with comments.

  3. Type git push origin master to push your commit to your fork.

Make a New Pull Request on GitHub

This section will create a new pull request from your Github repo to the Upstream wiki site.

  1. Navigate to the Github wiki web interface.

  2. Click newpullrequest in the top(ish) left, verify the the branch is set to "master".

  3. Under Compare changes click "compare across forks" link, verify the base repository is the upstream site and the head repository is your repo.

  4. The changes that were made should come automatically, make the comment succinct and meaningful.

  5. Submit a pull request by clicking createpullrequest.

  6. The commit has now been added to the pull request the Wiki-Admins will review and if approved will get pushed to the master branch for publishing.

Syncing a Fork

This Section will "pull" from the upstream repository to your local repository. This should be done every time before you make any changes to your local wiki in order to make sure everything is in sync.

  1. Verify you are in the wiki directory.

  2. Type git fetch upstream to fetch the branches and their respective commits from the upstream repository

  3. Verify the "master" branch is checked out type git checkout master

  4. Type git merge upstream/master to bring your local branch in to sync with the upstream repository.