Questions tagged [github]

GitHub is a web-based Git repository hosting service, which offers free accounts for FLOSS software projects. Use this tag for questions about how working with GitHub affects open source projects.

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What should I do if maintainers are unresponsive/how can I become a maintainer?

I have just a couple years of experience in software development and in the past few months have been dipping my toes in the water of making open source contributions. It was very exciting when my ...
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Documentation project containing articles and code examples with different licenses

I'm currently working on an open source collaborative project, and I am still confused regarding licenses, and weeks of research didn't really help me pinpoint my particular case. Let me expose it: ...
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Starting (not forking) a new project based on a seemingly dead one

I recently forked a small github project to work on an open issue regarding the program's execution speed. I've achieved a substantial speedup, and I'm ready to submit a pull request. However, the ...
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Must author's name be included in GNU GPL v3?

I noticed the GNU GPL v3 license created by Github is very different than the one created by Netbeans. One of the differences is the first line in Netbean's is Copyright (C) 2016 hotwisp Must the GPL ...
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How to stop/mitigate damage from abuses of the Collective Code Construction Contract (C4)

What defenses does an Open Source project utilizing the Collective Code Construction Contract (C4) have against unknown developers who may have intentions to merge malicious (but not immediately ...
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How can i grow my open source project?

I have recently started my first open source project. I want people to contribute their ideas and to help grow this project. I don't know how I should spread it. I have a guide on how to contribute, a ...
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Does the owner of the github repository own the copyright to the code?

Say I'm the only one uploading code to someone's private repository, do they own the copyright to the code? Or do I own the copyright to the code since I wrote it? Would adding a license stating ...
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Required works to put existing GPLv3 source code on GitHub, with respect to modification dates

I was looking at the GPLv3 License. It states that when I modify the Program and distribute it, I need to meet the condition of: a) The work must carry prominent notices stating that you modified it,...
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How to license website hosted on GitHub?

Assuming the following situation: I am having a GitHub open-source repository, licensed under the MIT license I want to document the software on a website with a logo and usage examples, hosted open-...
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When folks send me pull-requests on GitHub, what are their copyright/licensing terms by default?

Say I'm maintaining a GPLv3 project on GitHub with a LICENSE file, code headers and all. Now, a few folks made some code enhancements and sent me a pull-request. Does that automatically mean that they ...
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Using a GitHub Code in Android Project - Licensing Requirements [duplicate]

I want to use a java utility class from GitHub for my android project ( https://github.com/tareknaj/BigFunctions). I saw from here Android - External library license in project that there is no ...
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Licensed Projects: How many projects are licensed without a file?

I've been searching around a little bit for statistics on how many projects are licensed with a licence file in their repository. I found this article with a graph: The spike between 2013 and 2014 ...
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Common practice on GitHub and license/copyright

I have been searching the web for quite some time now, but the plethora of opinions/comments/articles about licensing questions make it difficult to verify how trustworthy the various sources are. ...
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What should I do about code style if a GitHub project is missing CONTRIBUTING.md?

I want to contribute to a C# project on GitHub, but the repository is missing a CONTRIBUTING.md file. I've already noticed a few code style inconsistencies, but I don't want to assume the project is ...
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How to indicate that I also have an issue on github?

On GitHub issue page, there doesn't seem to be a place to show that I also share this problem (e.g. upvote, +1) to let the developers prioritize this issue. Is there a way to do this? If know, how do ...
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Legality and enforceability of commercial software uploaded to Github

Semi-hypothetically speaking, let's say a company creates a piece of software and then purposefully uploads the source code for that software to GitHub. You can download it, run it, etc directly from ...
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Report a security issue to a project hosted at GitHub

If I find a security issue in a Github project should I raise it in the project's issue tracker (where it's open to public scrutiny) or try to find private means to contact the repo's maintainer so ...
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Rules/Guidelines about forking a project vs. creating a new one?

After reading these lines: make a new github project (not a fork). merge in the original repository. In this Answer, I was wondering if there are any rules or guidelines when to fork a ...
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Is it socially acceptable to star your own repositories on GitHub?

While I'm searching for a new project to start contributing to, I often check the daily email I get from GitHub that lists the most popular repositories of the day and also the repositories starred by ...
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How to store our own fork of a project to ensure pulling fixes and contributing back is as easy as possible

I work at a small company in a small IT department. We use Visual Studio Online (the Team Foundation Server flavor of VSO) to store our source code. We're interested in deploying an open source (GPL ...
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Security of GitHub.com

Recently some non-technical managers where I work found out that GitHub has a repository with code from "Hidden Tear" which is a ransomware application. The immediate reaction was to ban ...
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How to license software that implements a well-documented algorithm, but which does not borrow source from the official library?

I have implemented an RSYNC library based on the technical report by Andrew Tridgell and Paul Mackerras. The library implementation does not borrow code from the official RSYNC library and does not ...
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What's the right way to ask if a GitHub project is maintained?

It happens all the time. You come across a useful-looking project that has few or no recent commits, many long-open issues and pull requests, and nothing is changing. How do you usually ask if the ...
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What can I assume if a publicly published project has no license?

There is some code on GitHub that I would like to use. The repository has no public declaration of license that I can find. But this particular project has over 200 forks and is a pretty active ...
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Is a license bound to a commit?

Lets say there is some software hosted in a public github git repository under some license A. The owner and copyright-holder now decides to relicense the source-code to another license B. If i would ...
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What do the labels JD, JL and ES mean? [closed]

I always see these tags in the issues and pull requests on Github but do not know the meaning and find it hard to search for. For example, in this famous Caffe project.
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What tools on GitHub can help me do quality assurance for my projects?

I run a moderately successful open source project on GitHub (it is a privacy enhancing tool for public websites, based upon some PETs I developed for my thesis). I am getting quite a few feature ...
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How does GitHub's "forking right" cope with an "All rights reserved" project?

The GitHub FAQ states (emphasis mine): You're under no obligation to choose a license. It's your right not to include one with your code or project, but please be aware of the implications. ...
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Is my code FLOSS just because it is published it on GitHub?

Does publishing my code on GitHub make it FLOSS automatically? Is there some license automatically assigned to it? Is it "technically or say literally, open source"?
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How do I stop people from opening questions in the issue tracker?

I'm a collaborator in a pretty popular open source project hosted on GitHub. We have a problem where people constantly show up in the issue tracker and post questions about the library. Dealing with ...

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