Want to help out and hack on NetworkManager?

Join the NetworkManager mailing list to interact with all the other NM hackers. We'd love to hear from you!

Second, read the Design Goals of NetworkManager to get an idea of why things work the way they do.

To checkout and build the latest, hottest sources of the core NetworkManager daemon from git:

git clone git://anongit.freedesktop.org/NetworkManager/NetworkManager.git
cd NetworkManager
./autogen.sh --prefix=/usr --sysconfdir=/etc --localstatedir=/var
sudo make install

Make sure to have required build dependencies installed. For example, on Fedora distribution you might want to install these packages. Also, on Fedora-like distributions you can instead build an RPM directly from the NetworkManager git tree via

./contrib/fedora/rpm/build_clean.sh -g

See also HOWTO for compiling from Git under Debian.

If you instead want to play with the GTK-based network applet, you need network-manager-applet, too, this time from Gnome git:

git clone git://git.gnome.org/network-manager-applet
cd network-manager-applet
./autogen.sh --prefix=/usr --sysconfdir=/etc --localstatedir=/var
sudo make install

There are also VPN service plugins for vpnc, openvpn, and pptp. Each has its own git module, so replace 'vpnc' as appropriate in the following example:

git clone git://git.gnome.org/network-manager-vpnc
cd network-manager-vpnc
./autogen.sh --prefix=/usr --sysconfdir=/etc --localstatedir=/var
sudo make install 

Actually hacking on it

If you make changes to NetworkManager, we'd love to receive your patch in 'git format-patch' format, but a Unified diff format (ie, diff -u) works too. Then mail the patch to the NetworkManager list or file a bug in GNOME Bugzilla and attach it. Others on the list may make suggestions, please take these into consideration. Eventually, your patch can be checked into the NetworkManager git source repositories.

Stuff to work on

The most up-to-date list of work items is kept in the TODO file in NetworkManager git. If you see anything you'd like to work on, please send a patch!

See Also

Projects/NetworkManager/Hacking (last edited 2016-10-28 14:39:39 by ThomasHaller)