VVC Software Development Workflow
The workflow on this page applies to tool adoptions as well as for bug fixes and cleanups.
It is generally advised to familiarize yourself with the usage of git and GitLab. Some sources are:
- Git Introduction: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uR6G2v_WsRA
- Git Branch Merge: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FyAAIHHClqI
- Git Remotes: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Gg4bLk8cGNo
Comments in commits and merge request
- Make sure to use proper comments in commits. Use one line for the short summary, followed by an empty line and then a detailed description (if necessary)
- Gitlab will take over summary and text body into the merge request description, if the branch has only one commit
For merge requests:
- Make sure to set a proper title for the merge request, that allow software coordinators to identify the contents of the request
- For tool integrations use the document number as a prefix, e.g.: "JVET-M0471: Long deblocking filters"
- For bug fixes refer to the bug ID in the mantis tracker, but also add a short summary, e.g. "Fix #178: Avoid referencing encoder parameter in low level MC function"
- If your merge request is not finalized, mark it as "Work in Progress", by adding "WIP:" to the beginning of the subject line. Add some explanation to the description, why the request in WIP
- All bugs should be filed in the bug tracker located at https://jvet.hhi.fraunhofer.de/trac/vvc
- If a fix is available, the fix should be submitted as merge request. A reference to the merge request should be added to the bug report.
Got to the main page at https://vcgit.hhi.fraunhofer.de and select "Register" to register for an account. Fill in all required data.
It is strongly encouraged to use your company email address to help administrators and CE coordinators verify that you are a JVET member.
You will receive an email with a confirmation link.
Note: Email delivery can take up to 30 minutes.
Ask for internal account
Write an email with your user name to the software coordinators to request conversion to an internal account
Create a fork of the VTM repository
Press the "Fork" button close to the top of the man page:
Select your own User workspace as target, e.g.
Clone the repository locally and push your changes
If you did not use git before, set up your work environment using the git config tool using your name and email address.
git config --global user.name "John Doe" git config --global user.email firstname.lastname@example.org
Also enable proper automatic handling of line endings:
git config --global core.autocrlf input
For more details see https://git-scm.com/book/en/v2/Getting-Started-First-Time-Git-Setup
To clone the (forked) git repository, type
git clone <url>
<url> of the repository that can be found in the web page of your forked repository
Change into the cloned copy of the repository and create a branch for checking in software, e.g.:
cd VVCSoftware_VTM git checkout -b K0261-SW-Cleanup
Important: You should work on a branch (other than master) even if you intend to submit only one implementation. This makes the workflow much easier. It enables you to keep your master updated and to rebase your work if necessary (see blow).
Make the required modifications. New files have to be added using the command:
git add <file(s)>
It is good practice to run
git diff before adding the files, such as to check
what changes are actually being added. If listed changes are not the ones you made,
then you shouldn't proceed.
Optionally (for advanced users), automated formatting can then be applied using the command:
Note that this requires clang-format to be installed on your system. A list of
modified files (if any) is printed. If files are modified, please check the
changes with git diff. If the changes go beyond what you expected
(for example parts that you didn't edit got reformatted), you should revert individual
git checkout -- <file>. If the changes look great, stage them with
Commit the changes to the local repository with:
git commit -a
Make sure to write a proper comment.
If you need to add changes, these can be committed using the
--amend flag to add them to the previous commit.
Push to the remote repository using the name of the previously created branch, e.g.:
git push --set-upstream origin K0261-SW-Cleanup
Create a merge request
Got to the web page of your fork and create a merge request from the menu on the left side:
Select "Merge Requests", then "New merge request", the select your source branch and the master branch of the main repository as target:
Select "Compare branches and continue"
Fill in notes for the software coordinators and submit the merge request.
Keep all other settings as defaults.
Modifying a merge request
There may be one or more issues with a merge request resulting in SW coordinators denying the request and indicating in a comment what needs to be fixed.
A merge request may be updated as follows:
- Make sure to be in the correct branch.
- Make the necessary corrections and repeat the git add/commit/push commands described in section 4.
- The merge request is then automatically updated when the push command is applied.
Note: There is no need to close the request, because the existing request will automatically be updated with the changes, after they are pushed.
Note: If a rebase operation (
git rebase) is done in step 2 a forced push may be required:
git push origin --force
Note: Discussion threads should only be marked resolved by the person who opened the discussion or a software coordinator.
Keeping your fork in sync
To pull changes from the upstream jvet repository into your own fork, first switch to the master branch
git checkout master
Add the upstream repository to the list of remotes using
git remote add upstream https://vcgit.hhi.fraunhofer.de/jvet/VVCSoftware_VTM.git
This needs to be done only once. Note that "upstream" in the above command is the name that your are giving to the remote repository. This name is then used in the pull command:
git pull upstream master
where master is the name of the branch your are pulling.
The pulled changes can then be pushed to the copy of your fork that resides on the server:
git push origin master
If you are currently working on a branch named for example feature1, you can incorporate the recent changes from master using
git checkout feature1 git rebase master
Note: The above "rebase" command works only if the changes in feature1 are committed or stashed. Stash the work-in-progress changes in feature1 (if you are maintaining more than one stash please refer to documentation of stash to ensure stashes are not overwritten), rebase the master and the apply the stash back to your branch.
git checkout feature1 git stash git rebase master git stash apply