Apache Kylin is always looking for contributions of not only code, but also usage document, performance report, Q&A etc. All kinds of contributions pave the way towards a Kylin Committer. There is opportunity for everyone, especially for those come from analysis and solution background, due to the lacking of content from user and solution perspective.

Source Branches

Both code and document are under Git source control. Note the purpose of different branches.

  • master: Main development branch for new features
  • 2.[n].x: Maintenance branch for a certain major release
  • document: Document branch

Components and owners

Apache Kylin has several sub-components. To better help the community’s growth, we arrange one or multiple component owners for each component.

  • Component owners are volunteers who are expert in their component domain. The owner needs to be an Apache Kylin committer or PMC at this moment.

  • Owners will try and review patches that land within their component’s scope.

  • Owners can rotate, based on his aspiration and community need.

  • When nominate or vote a new committer, the nominator needs to state which component the candidate can be the owner.

  • If you’re already an Apache Kylin committer or PMC memeber and would like to be a volunteer as a component owner, just write to the dev list and we’ll sign you up.

  • All the project plan, decisions are still managed by Apache Kylin PMC.

  • If you think the component list need be updated (add, remove, rename, etc), write to the dev list and we’ll review that.

Component owners is listed in the description field on this Apache Kylin JIRA components page. The owners are listed in the ‘Description’ field rather than in the ‘Component Lead’ field because the latter only allows us to list one individual whereas it is encouraged that components have multiple owners.

Pick a task

There are open tasks waiting to be done, tracked by JIRA. To make it easier to search, there are a few JIRA filters.

  • A list of tasks managed by Yang Li.
  • A list of tasks opened by Ted Yu, important small bugs and some are easy fixes.
  • Also you can search for tag “newbie” in Kylin JIRA.

Do not forget to discuss in mailing list before working on a big task.

If create a new JIRA for bug or feature, remember to provide enough information for the community:

  • A well summary for the problem or feature
  • A detail description, which may include:
    • the environment of this problem occurred
    • the steps to reproduce the problem
    • the error trace or log files (as attachment)
    • the metadata of the model or cube
  • Related components: we will arrange reviewer based on this selection.
  • Affected version: which Kylin you’re using.

Making Code Changes

  • Setup dev env
  • Raise a JIRA, describe the feature/enhancement/bug
  • Discuss with others in mailing list or issue comments, make sure the proposed changes fit in with what others are doing and have planned for the project
  • Make changes in your fork
    • No strict code style at the moment, but the general rule is keep consistent with existing files. E.g. use 4-space indent for java files.
    • Add test case for your code change as much as possible.
    • Make sure “mvn clean package” and “mvn test” can get success.
    • Sufficient unit test and integration test is a mandatory part of code change.
  • Run tests to ensure your change is in good quality and does not break anything. If your patch was generated incorrectly or your code does not adhere to the code guidelines, you may be asked to redo some work.
  • Generate a patch and attach it to relative JIRA.

Generate Patch

  • Using submit-patch.py (recommended) to create patches, upload to jira and optionally create/update reviews on Review Board. Patch name is automatically formatted as (JIRA).(branch name).(patch number).patch to follow Yetus’ naming rules.
$ ./dev-support/submit-patch.py -jid KYLIN-xxxxx -b master -srb
  • Use -h flag for this script to know detailed usage information. Most useful options are:
    • -b BRANCH, –branch BRANCH : Specify base branch for generating the diff. If not specified, tracking branch is used. If there is no tracking branch, error will be thrown.
    • -jid JIRA_ID, –jira-id JIRA_ID : If used, deduces next patch version from attachments in the jira and uploads the new patch. Script will ask for jira username/password for authentication. If not set, patch is named .patch.
  • By default, it’ll also create/update review board. To skip that action, use -srb option. It uses ‘Issue Links’ in the jira to figure out if a review request already exists. If no review request is present, then creates a new one and populates all required fields using jira summary, patch description, etc. Also adds this review’s link to the jira.
  • To install required python dependencies, execute pip install -r dev-support/python-requirements.txt from the master branch.

  • Alternatively, you can also manually generate a patch. Please use git rebase -i first, to combine (squash) smaller commits into a single larger one. Then use git format-patch command to generate the patch, for a detail guide you can refer to How to create and apply a patch with Git

Code Review

The reviewer need to review the patch from the following perspectives:

  • Functionality: the patch MUST address the issue and has been verified by the contributor before submitting for review.
  • Test coverage: the change MUST be covered by a UT or the Integration test, otherwise it is not maintainable. Execptional case includes GUI, shell script, etc.
  • Performance: the change SHOULD NOT downgrade Kylin’s performance.
  • Metadata compatibility: the change should support old metadata definition. Otherwise, a metadata migration tool and documentation is required.
  • API compatibility: the change SHOULD NOT break public API’s functionality and behavior; If an old API need be replaced by the new one, print warning message there.
  • Documentation: if the Kylin document need be updated together, create another JIRA with “Document” as the component to track. In the document JIRA, attach the doc change patch which is againt the “document” branch.

A patch which doesn’t comply with the above rules may not get merged.

Patch +1 Policy

Patches that fit within the scope of a single component require, at least, a +1 by one of the component’s owners before commit. If owners are absent — busy or otherwise — two +1s by non-owners but committers will suffice.

Patches that span components need at least two +1s before they can be committed, preferably +1s by owners of components touched by the x-component patch.

Any -1 on a patch by anyone vetoes a patch; it cannot be committed until the justification for the -1 is addressed.

Apply Patch

  • Committer will review Pull Requests and Patches in JIRA regarding correctness, performance, design, coding style, test coverage
  • Discuss and revise if necessary;
  • Finally committer merge code into target branch
    • For a git patch, use “git am -s -3 patch-file” command to apply;
    • If it is from a github Pull Request, need add “This closes #" as part of the commit messages. This will allow ASF Git bot to close the PR.
    • Use git rebase to ensure the merged result is a streamline of commits.

Making Document Changes

Check out How to Write Document.