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# Table of Contents
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 * [Introduction](#intro)
 * [Code Repository](#repo)
 * [Bug Reports](#bug)
 * [Pull Requests](#pr)
 * [ redirector](#issues)
 * [The HACKING file](#hacking)

## <a name="intro"></a>Introduction

This file serves as a supplement to the [HACKING file](HACKING). It contains information specifically about Nmap's use of Github and how contributors can use Github services to participate in Nmap development.

## <a name="repo"></a>Code Repository

The authoritative code repository is still the Subversion repository at []( The Github repository is synchronized once per hour. All commits are made directly to Subversion, so Github is a read-only mirror.

## <a name="bug"></a>Bug Reports

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Nmap uses Github Issues to keep track of bug reports. Please be sure to include the version of Nmap that you are using, steps to reproduce the bug, and a description of what you expect to be the correct behavior.

## <a name="pr"></a>Pull Requests

Nmap welcomes your code contribution in the form of a Github Pull Request. Since the Github repository is currently read-only, we cannot merge directly from the PR. Instead, we will convert your PR into a patch and apply it to the Subversion repository. We will be sure to properly credit you in the CHANGELOG file, and the commit message will reference the PR number.
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Because not all Nmap committers use Github daily, it is helpful to send a
notification email to []( referencing the PR and including a short
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description of the functionality of the patch.

Using pull requests has several advantages over emailed patches:

1. It allows Travis CI build tests to run and check for code issues.

2. Github's interface makes it easy to have a threaded discussion of code

3. Referencing contributions by PR number is more convenient than tracking by
[]( mail archive URL, especially when the discussion spans more than
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one quarter year.

## <a name="issues"></a> redirector

For convenience, you may use []( to redirect to issues (bug reports and pull requests) by number (e.g. []( or to link to the new-issue page: [](

## <a name="hacking"></a>The HACKING file
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General information about hacking Nmap and engaging with our community of
developers and users can be found in the [HACKING file](HACKING). It describes how to get started, licensing, style guidance, and how to use the dev mailing list.