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How to Contribute

We’d love to accept your patches and contributions to this project. Please review the following guidelines you’ll need to follow in order to make a contribution.


We prefer communicating asynchronously through GitHub issues and the #carvel Slack channel. In order to be inclusive to the community, if a conversation related to an issue happens outside of these channels, we appreciate summarizing the conversation’s context and adding it to an issue.

Propose a Change

Pull requests are welcome for all changes. When adding new functionality, we encourage including test coverage. If significant effort will be involved, we suggest beginning by submitting an issue so any high level feedback can be addressed early.

Please submit feature requests and bug reports by using GitHub issues.

Before submitting an issue, please search through open ones to ensure others have not submitted something similar. If a similar issue exists, please add any additional information as a comment.

Issues Lifecycle

Once an issue is labeled with in-progress, a team member has begun investigating it. We keep in-progress issues open until they have been resolved and released. Once released, a comment containing release information will be posted in the issue’s thread.

DCO Sign off

All authors to the project retain copyright to their work. However, to ensure that they are only submitting work that they have rights to, we are requiring everyone to acknowledge this by signing their work.

Any copyright notices in this repo should specify the authors as “the Carvel contributors”.

To sign your work, just add a line like this at the end of your commit message:

Signed-off-by: Your Name <>

Example: Signed-off-by: Joe Beda <>

This can easily be done with the --signoff option to git commit.

By doing this you state that you can certify the following (from

Developer Certificate of Origin
Version 1.1

Copyright (C) 2004, 2006 The Linux Foundation and its contributors.
1 Letterman Drive
Suite D4700
San Francisco, CA, 94129

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.

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