Contributing Guide for the Python open source software packaging book#

This is a community resource. We welcome contributions in the form of issues and/or pull requests to this guide.

  • If you have an idea for something that should be included in the guide, please open an issue here.

  • If you find a typo, feel free to submit a pull request to modify the text directly. Or, if you are less comfortable with pull requests, feel free to open an issue.

  • If you want to see a larger change to the content of the guide book, please submit an issue first!

How this guide structured#

Most of this repository is structured for Sphinx, a documentation engine built in Python. We are using the Sphinx Book Theme and the myST syntax to create each page in this book.

If you wish to contribute by working on the guide book locally, you will first need to

  1. Fork this repository

  2. Clone it locally

  3. Build the documentation locally

Instructions for building the documentation locally on your computer#

The easiest way to build the documentation in this repository is to use nox, a tool for quickly building environments and running commands within them. Nox ensures that your environment has all the dependencies needed to build the documentation.

To do so, follow these steps:

  1. Install nox

    pip install nox
  2. Build the documentation:

    nox -s docs_build

This should create a local environment in a .nox folder, build the documentation (as specified in the configuration), and the output will be in _build/html.

To build live documentation that updates when you update local files, run the following command:

nox -s docs_live