website: Updated contributed guidelines with `stable` branch.
Reviewed-by: Bobby R. Bruce <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Maintainer: Bobby R. Bruce <email@example.com>
Tested-by: Bobby R. Bruce <firstname.lastname@example.org>
diff --git a/_pages/contributing.md b/_pages/contributing.md
index 4e9f274..c9ae8ea 100644
@@ -7,7 +7,7 @@
This document serves as a beginners guide to contributing to gem5. If questions
arise while following this guide, we advise consulting [CONTRIBUTING.md](
which contains more details on how to contribute to gem5.
The following subsections outline, in order, the steps involved in contributing
@@ -48,15 +48,15 @@
git clone https://gem5.googlesource.com/public/gem5
-### master-as-stable / develop branch
+### stable / develop branch
-By default, the git repo will have the `master` branch checked-out. The
-`master` branch is considered the gem5 stable release branch. I.e., the HEAD
+By default, the git repo will have the `stable` branch checked-out. The
+`stable` branch is the gem5 stable release branch. I.e., the HEAD
of this branch contains the latest stable release of gem5. (execute `git tag`
-on the `master` branch to see the list of stable releases. A particular
+on the `stable` branch to see the list of stable releases. A particular
release may be checked out by executing `git checkout <release>`). As the
-`master` branch only contains officially released gem5 code **contributors
-should not develop changes on top of the `master` branch** they should instead
+`stable` branch only contains officially released gem5 code **contributors
+should not develop changes on top of the `stable` branch** they should instead
**develop changes on top of the `develop` branch**.
To checkout the `develop` branch:
@@ -194,7 +194,7 @@
the "header". The header starts with a tag (or tags, separated by a comma),
then a colon. Which tags are used depend on which components of gem5
you have modified. **Please refer to the [MAINTAINERS.md](
a comprehensive list of accepted tags**. After this colon a short description
of the commit must be provided. **This header line must not exceed 65
@@ -266,7 +266,7 @@
components you have modified should be added as reviewers. These should
correspond to the tags you included in the commit header. **Please consult
see who maintains which component**. As an example, for a commit with a header
of `tests,arch : This is testing the arch component` then the maintainers for
both `tests` and `arch` should be included as reviewers.
@@ -347,5 +347,5 @@
that the task has been completed.
Stable releases of gem5 are published three times per year. Therefore, a change
-successfully submitted to the `develop` branch will be merged into the `master`
+successfully submitted to the `develop` branch will be merged into the `stable`
branch within three to four months after submission.