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# Contributing

## Issues

We track OPAE design and development issues, bugs, and feature requests in
the [GitHub issue tracker]( For
usage, installation, or other requests for help, please use the [OPAE mailing
list]( instead.

When reporting a bug, please provide the following information, where

* What are the steps to reproduce the bug?
* Can you reproduce the bug using the latest [master](
* What CPU, platform, operating system/distribution, and FPGA board/device (if any) are you running? The more specific, the better.
* For crashes, please provide the backtrace (use gdb).

### Contribution Guide

We accept contributions as pull requests on GitHub. More detailed guidelines
will be added later. Please follow these simple rules for now:

* A PR should have a clear purpose, and do one thing only, and nothing more. This will enable us review your PR more quickly.
* Each commit in the PR should be a small, atomic change representing one step in development.
* Please squash intermediate steps within PR for bugfixes, style cleanups, reversions, etc., so they would not appear in merged PR history.
* Please explain anything non-obvious from the code in comments, commit messages, or the PR description, as appropriate.
* For extra brownie points, have a look at (not required, but appreciated).

### License

The OPAE SDK is licensed under the terms in
contributing to the project, you agree to the license and copyright terms
therein and release your contribution under these terms.

### Sign Your Work

Please use the sign-off line at the end of the patch. Your signature
certifies that you wrote the patch or otherwise have the right to pass it on
as an open-source patch. The rules are pretty simple: if you can certify
the below (from [](

Developer Certificate of Origin
Version 1.1

Copyright (C) 2004, 2006 The Linux Foundation and its contributors.
660 York Street, Suite 102,
San Francisco, CA 94110 USA

Everyone is permitted to copy and distribute verbatim copies of this
license document, but changing it is not allowed.

Developer's Certificate of Origin 1.1

By making a contribution to this project, I certify that:

(a) The contribution was created in whole or in part by me and I
    have the right to submit it under the open source license
    indicated in the file; or

(b) The contribution is based upon previous work that, to the best
    of my knowledge, is covered under an appropriate open source
    license and I have the right under that license to submit that
    work with modifications, whether created in whole or in part
    by me, under the same open source license (unless I am
    permitted to submit under a different license), as indicated
    in the file; or

(c) The contribution was provided directly to me by some other
    person who certified (a), (b) or (c) and I have not modified

(d) I understand and agree that this project and the contribution
    are public and that a record of the contribution (including all
    personal information I submit with it, including my sign-off) is
    maintained indefinitely and may be redistributed consistent with
    this project or the open source license(s) involved.

Then you just add a line to every git commit message:

    Signed-off-by: Joe Smith <>

Use your real name (sorry, no pseudonyms or anonymous contributions.)

If you set your `` and `` git configs, you can sign your
commit automatically with `git commit -s`.