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CONTRIB(1)				       mrtg				       CONTRIB(1)

       contrib - Contribution Guidelines for MRTG

       If you have written an extension to mrtg or created a bug fix, please consider contribut-
       ing it to the project. As I get quite a number of contributions every week, here are a few
       guide lines which explain how to contribute so that I can use the contribution without too
       much additional work.

       MRTG messages have been translated to a number of languages. But there are still many
       which have not been covered yet. If you want to add yours, go into the mrtg-2.9.17/trans-
       late directory, and follow the instructions given in the README file.

       All documentation of mrtg is done with the perl POD system. If you want to learn about it,

	perldoc perlpod

       and read the instructions. If you have bug fixes of additions to the existing documents,
       make sure you modify the POD files and not the HTML or txt versions.

       When you have created your modification or extension to mrtg and want to submit it to me,
       please create a patch for the files which you have modified.  Do not send entire files
       unless they are new.

       To create a patch, get hold of a copy of GNU diff (Many Unix systems will have this
       installed already. In the NT world you might want to get http://sources.redhat.com/cygwin/
       to get all the nice GNU tools available.)  and type

	diff --unified --ignore-space-change file.orig file > simple.patch

       or if you have modified several files do

	diff --recursive --unified --ignore-space-change dir.orig/ dir/ >long.patch

       I take documentation very seriously. When ever you create a new feature for mrtg which you
       want to get included in the official release your patch must also contain modifications
       for the relevant pod file in the doc tree or for the documentation sections of cfgmaker
       and indexmaker.

       Send your patches, translations and contributions to Tobias Oetiker <oetiker@ee.ethz.ch>

       Tobias Oetiker <oetiker@ee.ethz.ch>

3rd Berkeley Distribution		      2.9.17				       CONTRIB(1)
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