3. Contributing

3.1. Bugs

All bugs are tracked in https://bugzilla.mozilla.org/.

Write up a new bug:


There are multiple components to choose. If in doubt use General.

3.2. Docker

Everything runs in a Docker container. Thus Socorro requires fewer things to get started and you’re guaranteed to have the same setup as everyone else and it solves some other problems, too.

If you’re not familiar with Docker and docker-compose, it’s worth reading up on.

3.3. Preparing to contribute changes to Socorro

If you’re interested in helping out and taking a bug to work on, you need to do the following first:

  1. Set up a working local development environment.
  2. Read through the overview of Socorro.

We can’t assign bugs to you until you’ve done at least those two steps.

If you need help, let us know by asking on IRC or sending an email to the mailing list.

3.4. Python code conventions

All Python code files should have an MPL v2 header at the top:

# This Source Code Form is subject to the terms of the Mozilla Public
# License, v. 2.0. If a copy of the MPL was not distributed with this
# file, You can obtain one at http://mozilla.org/MPL/2.0/.

Python code should follow PEP-8.

Max line length is 100 characters.

4-space indentation.

To run the linter, do:

$ make lint

If you hit issues, use # noqa.

3.5. Javascript code conventions

4-space indentation.

If in doubt, see https://github.com/mozilla-services/socorro/blob/master/.editorconfig

3.6. Git conventions

First line is a summary of the commit. It should start with one of the following:

bug nnnnnnn: summary

which will trigger the auto-closer to add a comment to the bug when this is merged into the master branch, or:

fix bug nnnnnnn: summary

which will do that and also close the bug.

After that, the commit should explain why the changes are being made and any notes that future readers should know for context or be aware of.

3.7. Pull requests

Pull request summary should indicate the bug the pull request addresses. For example:

fix bug nnnnnnn: removed frob from tree class

Pull request descriptions should cover at least some of the following:

  1. what is the issue the pull request is addressing?
  2. why does this pull request fix the issue?
  3. how should a reviewer review the pull request?
  4. what did you do to test the changes?
  5. any steps-to-reproduce for the reviewer to use to test the changes

3.8. Code reviews

Pull requests should be reviewed before merging.

Style nits should be covered by linting as much as possible.

Code reviews should review the changes in the context of the rest of the system.

3.9. Python Dependencies

Python dependencies for all parts of Socorro are split between two files:

  1. requirements/default.txt, containing dependencies that Socorro uses directly.
  2. requirements/constraints.txt, containing dependencies required by the dependencies in default.txt that Socorro does not use directly.

Dependencies in both files must be pinned and hashed. Use hashin.

For example, to add foobar version 5:

hashin -r requirements/default.txt foobar==5

If foobar has any dependencies that would also be installed, you must add them to the constraints file:

hashin -r requirements/constraints.txt bazzbiff==4.0

Then rebuild your docker environment:

make build

If there are problems, it’ll tell you.


If you’re unsure what dependencies to add to the constraints file, the error from running make build should include a list of dependencies that were missing, including their version numbers and hashes.

3.10. JavaScript Dependencies

Frontend dependencies for the webapp are in webapp-django/package.json. They must be pinned and included in package-lock.json.

You can add new dependencies using npm (you must use version 5 or higher):

npm install –save-exact foobar@1.0.0

Then rebuild your docker environment:

make build

If there are problems, it’ll tell you.

3.11. Documentation

Documentation for Socorro is build with Sphinx and is available on ReadTheDocs. API is automatically extracted from docstrings in the code.

To build the docs, run this:

$ make docs

3.12. Running tests

The tests in socorro/unittests/ use pytest.

The tests in webapp-django/ use pytest.

To run the tests, do:

$ make test

That runs the /app/docker/run_test.sh script in the webapp container using test configuration.

To run specific tests or specify arguments, you’ll want to start a shell in the test container:

$ make testshell

Then you can run pytest or the webapp tests as you like.

Running all the unittests:

app@...:/app$ pytest

Running a directory of unittests:

app@...:/app$ pytest socorro/unittest/processor/

Running a file of unittests:

app@...:/app$ pytest socorro/unittest/processor/test_processor_app.py

Running webapp tests (make sure you run ./manage.py collectstatic first):

app@...:/app/webapp-django$ ./manage.py test

Running a directory of webapp tests:

app@...:/app/webapp-django$ ./manage.py test crashstats/home/tests/

Running a file of tests:

app@...:/app/webapp-django$ ./manage.py test crashstats/home/tests/test_views.py

3.13. Writing tests

For webapp tests, put them in the tests/ directory of the appropriate app in webapp-django/.

For other tests, put them in socorro/unittest/.

3.13.1. Mock usage

Mock is a python library for mocks objects. This allows us to write isolated tests by simulating services beside using the real ones. Best examples is existing tests which admittedly do mocking different depending on the context.

Tip! Try to mock in limited context so that individual tests don’t affect other tests. Use context managers and instead of monkey patching imported modules.

3.14. Repository structure

If you clone our git repository, you will find the following folders.

Here is what each of them contains:

Alembic-managed database migrations.
Docker environment related scripts, configuration, and other bits.
Documentation of the Socorro project (you’re reading it right now).
The Selenium tests for the webapp.
The minidump stackwalker program that the processor runs for pulling out information from crash report dumps.
Files that hold Python library requirements information.
Arbitrary scripts.
The bulk of the Socorro source code.
The webapp source code.