Request: A beginner's guide to dive into xfce development

Alex acs82 at
Thu Nov 2 21:24:46 CET 2017

Hi Hanno,

always happy to see that somebody wants to contibute ! 

Andre already told most of the stuff I wanted to tell ;) ... just a few
more notes regarding the workflow for gtk3 porting:

- Clone the related repo and do your changes ( in the branch of your
choice )

- When everything works fine with gtk3 and you think you fixed all
regressions, ask some other devs to test your changes. Either post a
link to your patch on #xfce-dev, or provide a fork of your repo e.g. via
some public git webhoster.
( Infrastructure-people are currently evaluating to move the xfce repos
to gitea ... so hopefully we will have support for pull-requests soon )

- After others tested and approved your patch, either it will be applied
on master, or you will get permissions to do so yourself.

Probably you will have more questions ... feel free to ask! But remember
to be patient, these people all have a real-life. Unfortunately most of
them need to go to work and such things :X
So best get some irc-bouncer ( I use a free one from
and idle in #xfce-dev on freenode to keep track on ongoing changes.


Alex ( alexxcons)

On 02.11.2017 03:26, André Miranda wrote:
> Hi Hanno,
> As Igor suggested, join #xfce-dev and let us know what parts of Xfce
> you're more interest to work on, what's missing and etc.
> New features and enhancements are not the currently our focus, but are
> welcome and might be released in 4.14.
> Things are slow due the port, it's far from exciting, but most of the
> job is done, only few apps and some plugins need work, obviously the
> ones that are not so popular. If by any chance you use one of them, I
> suggested that you try to port it to gtk3.
> Another way to help with the migration is to test development releases
> and report regressions (patches are a plus), some components (e.g.
> panel and thunar) still have pending regressions to be solved. If
> you're interested ask for directions on #xfce-dev (please be patient,
> we're all volunteers in multiple timezones).
> All in all, independent of the OSS project, you can always start
> "scratching your own itch"[1], that's how I started a few years ago,
> fixing bugs that annoyed me and making small improvements (e.g.
> closing windows with middle-click on panel).
> 1 -
> Cheers,
> Andre Miranda
> On 11/01/2017 11:28 AM, Hanno Zulla wrote:
>> Hi there,
>> it would be helpful to have a Wiki document that will guide a
>> semi-interested beginning developer to dive into contributing.
>> I did read these
>> But right now, I'm at a loss at where to start. XFCE is a big code base
>> and it's unclear which parts need work.
>> There's status information on the roadmap, but some entries there have a
>> percentage > 0 yet haven't been worked on in a while, so apparently work
>> on them has stalled.
>> The roadmap states that the current focus is on the GTK transition, yet
>> the Wiki suggests that a beginning developer should try to fix easy bugs
>> instead.
>> So it's difficult to find a good entry to contributing. It's unclear
>> which branch to work on, where to fix bugs, the proper way to contribute
>> patches or how to choose a subproject that needs work and e.g. what are
>> the common steps of GTK transition work.
>> Kind regards,
>> Hanno
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