Contributing to linux-kernel-labs¶
linux-kernel-labs is an open platform.
You can help it get better by contributing to the documentation, exercises or
All contributions are welcome, no matter if they are just fixes for typos or
new sections in the documentation.
All information required for making a contribution can be found in the
linux-kernel-labs Linux repo.
In order to change anything, you need to create a Pull Request (
from your own fork to this repository.
The PR will be reviewed by the members of the team and will be merged once
any potential issue is fixed.
The linux-kernel-labs repo is a fork of the Linux kernel repo, with the following additions:
/tools/labs: contains the labs and the virtual machine (VM) infrastructure
tools/labs/templates: contains the skeletons sources
tools/labs/qemu: contains the qemu VM configuration
/Documentation/teaching: contains the sources used to generate this documentation
Building the documentation¶
To build the documentation, navigate to
tools/labs and run the following
The command should install all the required packages. In some cases, installing the packages or building the documentation might fail, because of broken dependencies versions.
Instead of struggling to fix the dependencies, the simplest way to build
the documentation is using a Docker.
docker-compose on your host, and then run:
The first run might take some time, but subsequent builds will be faster.
Creating a contribution¶
Forking the repository¶
If you haven't done it already, clone the linux-kernel-labs repo repository locally:
$ mkdir -p ~/src $ git clone firstname.lastname@example.org:linux-kernel-labs/linux.git ~/src/linux
Go to https://github.com/linux-kernel-labs/linux, make sure you are logged in and click
Forkin the top right of the page.
Add the forked repo as a new remote to the local repo:
$ git remote add my_fork email@example.com:<your_username>/linux.git
Now, you can push to your fork by using
my_fork instead of
git push my_fork master).
Creating a pull request¶
Pull requests must be created from their own branches, which are started from
- Go to the master branch and make sure you have no local changes:
student@eg106:~/src/linux$ git checkout master student@eg106:~/src/linux$ git status On branch master Your branch is up-to-date with 'origin/master'. nothing to commit, working directory clean
- Make sure the local master branch is up-to-date with linux-kernel-labs:
student@eg106:~/src/linux$ git pull origin master
You can also push the latest master to your forked repo:student@eg106:~/src/linux$ git push my_fork master
- Create a new branch for your change:
student@eg106:~/src/linux$ git checkout -b <your_branch_name>
- Make some changes and commit them. In this example, we are going to change
student@eg106:~/src/linux$ vim Documentation/teaching/index.rst student@eg106:~/src/linux$ git add Documentation/teaching/index.rst student@eg106:~/src/linux$ git commit -m "<commit message>"
The commit message must include a relevant description of your change and the location of the changed component.
documentation: index: Fix typo in the first section
labs: block_devices: Change printk log level
- Push the local branch to your forked repository:
student@eg106:~/src/linux$ git push my_fork <your_branch_name>
- Open the Pull Request
- Go to https://github.com and open your forked repository page
New pull request.
- Make sure base repository (left side) is
linux-kernel-labs/linuxand the base is master.
- Make sure the head repository (right side) is your forked repo and the compare branch is your pushed branch.
Create pull request.
Making changes to a Pull Request¶
After receiving feedback for your changes, you might need to update the Pull Request. Your goal is to do a new push on the same branch. For this, follow the next steps:
- Make sure your branch is still up to date with the
student@eg106:~/src/linux$ git fetch origin master student@eg106:~/src/linux$ git rebase FETCH_HEAD
If you are getting conflicts, it means that someone else modified the same files/lines as you and already merged the changes since you opened the Pull Request.
In this case, you will need to fix the conflicts by editing the conflicting files manually (run
git statusto see these files). After fixing the conflicts, add them using
git addand then run
git rebase --continue.
- Apply the changes to your local files
- Commit the changes. We want all the changes to be in the same commit, so we will amend the changes to the initial commit.
student@eg106:~/src/linux$ git add Documentation/teaching/index.rst student@eg106:~/src/linux$ git commit --amend
- Force-push the updated commit:
student@eg106:~/src/linux$ git push my_fork <your_branch_name> -f
After this step, the Pull Request is updated. It is now up to the linux-kernel-labs team to review the pull request and integrate your contributions in the main project.