Guide to FS Open and git
Getting the source: Tortoise Git
(based on Getting_the_FreeSpace2:_SCP_Source_Code)
- Download and install Git For Windows (this is a degendency for TortoiseGit)
- Download and install TortoiseGit (you probably need to reboot after installing)
- Make a new folder on your HDD where you'd like to install the code. You'll need a fair bit of space for the code + the intermediate files when building it. Press right mouse and choose Git Clone from the list.
- A new window will open up. Cut and paste the URL of the FSO Github repository into the URL of repository box (https://github.com/scp-fs2open/fs2open.github.com.git)
- Press OK to begin downloading from the repository (this may take a few minutes, depending on the speed of your internet connection)
Simple Development: Tortoise Git
Note: the guide assumes that you will be developing using a github fork (which is recommended for everyone, SCP members and non-members alike)
- Record the URL for your newly forked copy of the FSO repository
- Get the code per the guide above (fix with proper intra-page link)
- Note: you need to use the URL for your forked repository, not the main FSO repository listed above
- Right click on the repository directory and select TortoiseGit -> Create Branch
- Note: all development should be done in a new branch, instead of being done in the "master" branch. It's just simpler
- In the new window, enter the name for the new branch, verify that the branch is based on HEAD (master) and check the "Switch to new branch" box
- Write some code with your Editor of Choice
- Test your new code
- When you're happy with the code, right click on the repository directory and select TortoiseGit -> Diff
- Review your changes by double-clicking on all the files listed in the new window (ensure no unwanted changes have snuck in!).
- Note: this will start TortoiseGitMerge (also used to resolve conflicts)
- When your review is complete, press "Commit"
- In the new window, add a commit message and press OK
- Note: you can commit multiple times before pushing (e.g. you have coded a large feature with several distinct parts)
- When the commit is complete, press the "push" button to send your commit(s) to your github repository
- Select your local branch name from the drop down list and ensure your Destination -> Remote: is "origin"
- If you want to, you can give the public remote branch a different name to your local branch (this can be useful when rebasing a branch already published to your public repository)
- Finally, press OK
- Go to your Github Repository webpage and select the branch you just pushed
- When you have the correct branch selected, click on the "Pull/Review/Compare" button
- Now click on "Create Pull Request"
- Note: the previous three steps can be done as a single step if you have recently pushed a branch by selecting the "Compare and Pull Request" button
- Add comments to the pull request if you wish, then click "Send Pull Request"
- And that's it! Now you wait for the pull request to be reviewed and committed to primary FSO master branch