Thank you for your interest in contributing to the DSC Community.

There are several ways you can contribute.

  • You can submit an issue to report a bug or to request an improvement.
  • You are encourage to take part in discussions around an issue or pull request.
  • You may review pull requests.
  • You may send in a pull request to improve the DSC modules by adding a new DSC resource, fixing issues in existing DSC resources, improve the CI pipeline, or updating documentation around the DSC modules.
  • You are welcome to transfer a DSC module over to the DSC Community.
  • You may create an entire new DSC module if there is need for it (you will become a maintainer of a new empty repository in DSC Community).

If want to contribute my making changes to code or documentation but are new to contributing and GitHub, then please read the Getting Started as a Contributor guideline.

You may also join the conversation and ask for help or share your knowledge in direct communication with other members of the community.

If you need any help along the way, don’t be afraid to ask. We are here for each other.

You can read more about the different contributions here:

Submit an issue

Submitting an issue to a repository in the the DSC Community is easy! An issue can be a problem, a solution, or a question.

  1. Find the correct repository to submit your issue to. See and search a list of all repositories in DSC Community.
  2. Search open issues to make sure the issue you having have not been submitted by someone else.
  3. Open a new issue. If the repository has different issue templates choose the template that best suits the issue you are experiencing.
  4. Fill in a short but descriptive issue title.
  5. Fill in the issue description. If you chose an issue template, follow the guidance in the template text.
  6. Submit the issue.

You may also join the conversation and ask for help from other members of the community.

Open a new issue

For example, let us pretend we have a problem with the ComputerManagementDsc module that we need to report to the community.

Find the repository

Browse to the list of all repositories in DSC Community and in the search field type ‘comp’. GitHub should automatically filter the results and show the repositories that match what you typed.

GitHub Search Repository

Click on the repository name ComputerManagementDsc to open up the repository.

Search existing issues

Search the issues to check that there are no issues already submitted for the problem you are having. If someone has already opened a similar issue, please leave a comment or add a GitHub reaction on the issue description to express your interest. You can also offer help and use the issue to coordinate your efforts in fixing the issue.

If you cannot find an issue that matches the problem you are having, then you are welcome to submit a new issue.

Create a new issue

Click on the Issue tab.

GitHub Issues Tab

Click on the New issue button. At this point you must sign in to GitHub.

GitHub New Issue Button

At this point we are shown the issue templates if the repository have implemented those, otherwise this will step will be skipped.

But since we are pretending to have a problem, choose the template Problem with a resource since it best matches the issue we want to submit.

GitHub Choose Issue Template

Please read the template text in the description field. The template text is there to help you provide as much information as possible so it is easier for the community to help you with your issue.

Write a short but descriptive issue title. The issue title should be a brief summary of your issue in one sentence. While you write you will get suggestions on previous issues that can be related to that issue. Please verify so that no issue that are suggest covers the issue you are having.

If you would like to submit an issue that would include a breaking change, please also refer to our Breaking changes section below.

GitHub Write Issue Title

The issue description should contain a detailed report of the issue you are submitting. If you are submitting a bug, please include any error messages or stack traces caused by the problem. The verbose log can also be very helpful and are often requested by the issue template. You can read more about how to get the verbose log in the article How to use DSC logging.

Please reference any related issues or pull requests by a pound sign followed by the issue or pull request number (e.g. #11, #72). GitHub will automatically link the number to the corresponding issue or pull request. You can also link to pull requests and issues in other repositories by including the repository owner and name before the issue number.

Please also tag any GitHub users you would like to be notified of this issue (if any). You can tag someone on GitHub with the @ symbol followed by their GitHub account name, e.g. @johlju.

Fill in each section in the template as necessary. The more detail you provide, the easier it will be for the community to help you with your issue.

This example does not provide much context. It has also been shortened for the sake of brevity.

    #### Details of the scenario you tried and the problem that is occurring
    It cannot find the power plan when I...
    The issue #11, #72, and PowerShell/xPSDesiredStateConfiguration#160
    is related

    #### Verbose logs showing the problem
    VERBOSE: [APPVYR-WIN]: LCM:  [ Start  Set      ]
    VERBOSE: [APPVYR-WIN]: LCM:  [ Start  Resource ]  [[PowerPlan]SetPowerPlan]
    Verbose log showing the actual error
    VERBOSE: [APPVYR-WIN]: LCM:  [ End    Resource ]  [[PowerPlan]SetPowerPlan]
    VERBOSE: [APPVYR-WIN]: LCM:  [ End    Set      ]
    #### Suggested solution to the issue

    #### The DSC configuration that is used to reproduce the issue (as detailed as possible)
    PowerPlan SetPlanHighPerformance
        IsSingleInstance = 'Yes'
        Name             = 'MyPowerPlan'

    #### The operating system the target node is running
    OsName               : Microsoft Windows Server 2019 Datacenter

    #### Version and build of PowerShell the target node is running
    Name                           Value
    ----                           -----
    PSVersion                      5.1.17763.592

    #### Version of the DSC module that was used.

Breaking changes

Breaking changes should first be proposed by opening an issue on the resource and outlining the work needed. This allows the community to discuss the change before the work is done and scopes the breaking changes to just the needed areas.

An issue that is deemed to be a breaking changed should be labelled breaking change and the issue title should be prefixed with BREAKING CHANGE:.

Breaking changes may include:

  • Adding a new mandatory parameter
  • Changing an existing parameter
  • Removing an existing parameter
  • Fundamentally changing existing functionality of a resource

A pull request (PR) that introduces a breaking change should prefix at least one entry in the change log with BREAKING CHANGE:. The entry should clearly explain what the breaking change is and how it will affect users.

Discuss an issue or pull request (PR)

Your experience as an IT professional is needed to make the DSC resources better. Regardless of your knowledge in DSC you can help make the DSC resource the best possible. In the end, DSC is installing and configuring the applications and components you use, so by discussing issues and changes in PR’s you help make the DSC resources even better.

Always keep in mind the Code of Conduct.

Resolve an issue

You may work on any issue. Issued labeled with good first issue has been deemed easy to resolve, although the level of ease can vary from issue to issue.

If you are new to contributing, then you might want to start with an issue labeled with good first issue since they are meant for you as new contributor to have something easy from where to start learning the process and workflow.

If you find an issue you would like to resolve then please comment on that issue that you are working on it. This helps others in the community to know that this is being worked on, and keeps other contributors from working on the same issue.

After you have created a pull request (PR) the PR will be reviewed by the community.

It is rare, but issues can be labeled on hold by the maintainer and these issues should normally not be worked on. The reason why it has been put on hold should have been mentioned as a comment on the issue.

Create or update a pull request (PR)

If you are new to contributing in general then please read the Getting Started as a Contributor which will help you set up an environment for developing.

Make sure there is an issue that describes your problem. If there is no issue then please create an issue prior to sending in a PR so that others in the community can discuss. You may create the issue and then directly submit in a PR.

If you are making a breaking change, please make sure to read the Breaking changes section.

Here is the general process of submitting a PR:

  1. Pick out the issue you’d like to work on, see Fixing an issue.
  2. Post a comment on the issue that you are working on resolving the issue.
  3. Create a new working branch based on branch main. See Making changes and pushing them to the fork.
  4. Write tests that will ensure that the issue in the code is fixed. See Testing Guidelines.
  5. Make changes in your working branch to solve the issue.
  6. Update the Unreleased section of the repository changelog (file in accordance to the type of changes in keep a changelog.
  7. Submit a PR targeting the branch main of the upstream repository.
  8. Make sure all tests are passing in the CI pipeline for your PR (see the PR status checks).
  9. Make sure your code does not contain merge conflicts.
  10. Address any comments brought up by the reviewers by either discussing them or resolve them by pushing changes to your working branch (to the same branch from which the PR was submitted).

Follow the style guideline

When writing code for any of the modules in the DSC Community, please follow the Style Guidelines.

These guidelines are specific to the DSC Community and may not always reflect the same PowerShell style as other projects. Code reviewers will expect you to follow these guidelines and may ask you to change your code for consistency.

When using Visual Studio Code there are also custom Script Analyzer rules that will give visual help (e.g. squiggly lines) when the code are not following the style guideline. This does not currently support every guideline in the style guidelines.

Write tests

For code changes to be accepted you should have written tests, some repositories requires both unit and integration tests.

You are required to provide adequate test coverage for the code you change.

See Testing Guidelines for more information.

Not all resources currently have tests. This does not mean that you do not have to write tests for your changes. But you do not have to write the full set of tests for the resource. You only need to test the changes that you made to the resource. But adding unit tests for uncovered code that you have not altered is welcomed.

Update the changelog

Each repository has a changelog ( that is required to be updated. For each change an entry should be added to the changelog. The entry should in the past tense explain what changed, and how it affects users (if applicable). Also reference any issues that have been resolved.

For breaking changes see Breaking changes section.

The types of changes that can be used (as per keep a changelog) are:

  • ### Added - for new features.
  • ### Changed - for changes in existing functionality.
  • ### Deprecated - for soon-to-be removed features.
  • ### Removed - for now removed features.
  • ### Fixed - for any bug fixes.
  • ### Security - in case of vulnerabilities.

Example of the Unreleased section of the file

## [Unreleased]

### Added

- ActiveDirectoryDsc
  - Added DSC resource ADOptionalFeature that will enable the Active
    Directory Optional Feature of choice for the target forest
    ([issue #162](

### Removed

- ADRecycleBin
  - BREAKING CHANGE: The DSC resource was replaced by the DSC resource
    ADOptionalFeature ([issue #162](

### Changed

- ADDomain
  - The property DomainName was changed to always return the same value
    as was passed in as the parameter. For the fully qualified domain
    name (FQDN) of the domain see the new read-only property `DnsRoot`.

Open a Pull Request

A pull request (PR) allows you to submit the changes you made in your working branch of you fork to the upstream repository. There are many ways of opening a pull request, but this document covers two common methods.

New pull request from working branch

First browse to your fork, e.g.

If you just pushed a working branch to you fork GitHub will know that and suggest to send in a pull request, Just click on the button Compare & pull request.

GitHub Compare & Pull Request

If that is not shown, another way to open a PR is to choose the working branch in the list of branches of your fork, let the page refresh, and then click the button New pull request.

GitHub Choose Branch & Pull Request

Once you have used either option to get to the Open a pull request page you should make sure you are comparing the right branches. If you used either of the above methods to get to the page the compare should already be correct.

The base is the repository and branch the pull request will be targeting (or merged) into. Normally this should be the upstream repository, and normally the branch should be main.

The head repository is the repository where the working branch exists and the compare is the branch being compared to the base branch (main).

If GitHub tells you that your branches cannot automatically be merged, then you probably have merge conflicts. You can resolve these before or after sending in a pull request. The merge conflicts must be resolved before the pull request can be merged, and a reviewer might ask you to resolve them before a review can be done.

For help fixing merge conflicts see the section Resolve merge conflicts

GitHub Pull Request Target
Pull Request Title

Next, you need to write a short but descriptive PR title. The PR title should be a brief summary of the PR in one sentence. Simply putting the issue number that the PR fixes is not acceptable. Prefix the title with the DSC resource name, or the repository name if the change is not specific to one DSC resource. A suggestion is to build the title from the entries you made in the changelog.

For breaking changes see Breaking changes section.

Pull Request Description

The PR description field is populated with the pull request template to easier fill in the needed information.

  • Pull request (PR) description - A detailed report of all the changes you made. A suggestion is to use the same information that was added to the changelog which would cover this.
  • This pull request (PR) fixes the following issues - List all issues that this PR resolves in the form - Fixes #123 (this will allow GitHub to auto-close the issues once this PR is merged).
  • Task list - Fill in each entry that are true for your PR. This is a list to help contributors and maintainers to get all needed steps done.

Please also tag any GitHub users you would like to be notified of this PR (if any). You can tag someone on GitHub with the @ symbol followed by their GitHub account name, e.g. @johlju. If you have a specific contributor/maintainer you want to review your code, be sure to tag them in your pull request.

This is an example how a PR can look before submitting.

GitHub Pull Request Description
Create Pull Request

When you are done, simply click Create pull request and the pull request will be created in the upstream repository.

You will then need to wait for the PR to be reviewed. You cannot review your own code. Only maintainers can merge your code, and they do that only after a review has been completed and all review comments have been addressed and approved.

Update pull request of yours

Please see make changes to an existing pull request of yours.

Continuous integration (CI) pipeline

For each commit that is sent in to a pull request (PR) the CI pipeline will build and test the DSC module. It is the same pipeline that is used in the coding workflow.

Status of the runs can be seen in the status checks of the pull request.

GitHub Pull Status Checks

More details can be seen on the Checks pane.

GitHub Pull Status Checks Detaild

A maintainer will not merge your PR if any tests are failing, even if they have nothing to do with your changes. If test failures are occurring that do not relate to the changes you made those issue must be resolved before the PR can be merged. If you don’t know how to resolve them then please contact the maintainer of the repository.

Review a pull request (PR)

Anyone is allowed to review pull requests (PR). You are strongly encouraged to help review since you probably have some experience of the application or component the DSC resource is used for. The more minds on a PR the better the DSC resource will get, so we can help see impacts further down the road, like avoiding future breaking changes.

Please also consider that maintainers may not have expert knowledge in an area that a PR is targeting. Maintainers may also not be able to review PR’s in a timely fashion due to other commitments. However, it is hoped that help and support will come from community members such as yourself.

Only maintainers can merge your code, and a maintainer only merges after the PR has been approved in a review.

Only maintainers are allowed to review and merge their own code, but then only after 24 hours so the community has a chance to comment on the changes.

We don’t currently have dedicated maintainers for most modules, so it may take a while for a general maintainer to get around to your pull request. Please be patient. If you want to become a maintainer, please see Maintainers.

If you have an urgent issue that needs to be reviewed in a repository that does not have a maintainer, or you haven’t heard from the repository maintainer for a period of time. Then it possible to ask for reviews from the other community members or general maintainers via Slack #DSC channel.

Write documentation

All documentation is done in markdown.

Updating documentation is done by sending in a pull request (PR). The same principles as fixing an issue or submitting a feature apply here: An issue should be created first.

NOTE: The Wiki is updated from the pipeline so it cannot be updated manually. Any manually changes to the Wiki will be lost on next release.

Submitting a new DSC resource

If you would like to add a new DSC resource, please open an issue in the repository you think the new resource should be in. This will help to coordinate your work with other contributors. The repositories have a template New resource proposal that can help you provide the needed information, for example providing a proposed schema for the community to discuss, and make sure it adopts DSC resource standard patterns. Keep an eye on the issue and any discussion around the new DSC resource proposal.

A suggestion is to wait for acknowledgement from the community (or maintainer) to include the resource before you start working on the new DSC resource. For example if the proposed schema must be extended or changed in some way you might have to build the logic differently.

Once the issue is open, you may begin working on the new DSC resource. Just like submitting a pull request to fix an issue, a pull request containing the proposed DSC resource should be submitted.

Be sure to include unit and integration tests for the new DSC resource, and document it like other DSC resources.

DSC resource naming

Any test or example files for the resource should be named to match the files for the same resource. For example, if the main resource file is named DSC_Resource.psm1, then the unit test file should be named MSFT_Resource.Tests.ps1. Consistent naming helps the review process.

MOF-based DSC resource

All mof-based resources should have DSC_ prefixed before the resource name in the schema file and on files (e.g. ``DSC_Resource.schema.mof, DSC_Resource.psm1). This is per a convention that the name (or abbreviated name) of the company that provides the resource be included in the name of mof-based resource files. The friendly name of the resource that is defined in the .moffile should not have theDSC_` prefix.

Composite DSC resource

Composite resources with a configuration and a .psd1 file must have the exact same name as the resource or they will not be able to be imported. Hence, composite resource files should not have the DSC_ prefix, e.g. Resource.psm1.

Submitting a new resource module

You are welcome to transfer your DSC module to the DSC Community GitHub organization, or we will happily create a repository for your new DSC resource module. You will then be made a maintainer with administrator privileges on that repository.

The module must use the Plaster template that is generated by the Sampler project to correctly use the CI pipeline needed.

Please contact a committee member, preferably on the Slack #DSC channel, if you need a new empty repository or if you want to transfer an existing repository.

Understand the coding workflow

The normal workflow is as follows:

  1. Remove old dependencies
  2. Resolve dependencies
  3. Build module
  4. Test module

Remove old dependencies

This is only for you that have previously contributed to a repository and might have a previous local repository folder.

The file .gitignore included an entry DscResource.Tests which means that there might be a folder in your local repository folder with that name. That folder are no longer used and will give you trouble if it is still present.

  1. Remove the folder DscResource.Tests inside your local repository folder.

Resolve dependencies

Pay attention to any new code merged into the main branch of an official repository. If this occurs, you will need to pick-up these changes in your fork using the rebase instructions in our guide to getting started with GitHub.

This needs to be repeated each time changes are made to the file RequiredModules.psd1, or if there are new releases of external modules listed in the file RequiredModules.psd1.

NOTE: If script execution is restricted this needs to be run before resolving dependencies. It changes execution policy to allow scripts to run.

Set-ExecutionPolicy -ExecutionPolicy RemoteSigned -Scope CurrentUser

Running the command below will make sure the dependencies are resolved and to prepare the build and test environment. All dependencies are downloaded and saved in the project’s output folder. There are normally no changes to the contributors machine with one exception. If the NuGet package provider is not installed, required by the PowerShellGet module, it will be installed. The only way to avoid this is to manually install the package provider (for example by downloading any package from PowerShell Gallery) prior to running this command. If the Nuget package provider is not installed it will be installed in the current user’s scope when the following command is run.

.\build.ps1 -ResolveDependency -Tasks noop

KNOWN ISSUE 1: If the project is dependent on pre-releases and the error Find-Module: A parameter cannot be found that matches parameter name 'AllowPrereleaseVersions' is thrown, restart the Windows PowerShell session and run the command again. This is due to the old version of module PackageManagement still being imported into the session (even when we remove it) so PowerShellGet calls the wrong version of the command Find-Package.

KNOWN ISSUE 2: There is currently a known issue with this task when moving between local DSC repositories in the same PowerShell session. If you have resolved dependencies in one repository, then move to a second repository and resolve dependencies all dependencies do not download (for example the module PowerShell-Yaml). This is because the module is already imported into the session. The workaround is to open each local DSC repository folder in separate PowerShell sessions.

Build module

This builds the module after which tests can be run on the built module. The built module will have the same structure as the one that is released.

This must be run each time changes have been made to files in the source folder.

.\build.ps1 -Tasks build

The application GitVersion is used in the pipeline to determine the next version if it is installed. If gitversion is not installed then the build version will always be reported as 0.0.1. To install GitVersion see install GitVersion

Test module

See Testing Guidelines for more information on how to run tests.

Knowledge base

Error cannot find "s.psd1"
Cause 1

This has been known to happen in the CI build pipeline when running in Azure DevOps. This is because the build pipeline cannot find or resolve the correct module manifest so it tries to be smart and trying to resolve the module name based on the root project folder path which is s.

Make sure the module manifest is in the correct location, can be imported.

Cause 2

This can also happen when the module ModuleBuilder is not pinned to version 1.0.0 in the file RequiredModules.psd1.

Error Missing property 'ProjectName'

Verify that the module manifest resolves with the cmdlet Test-ModuleManifest and does not return any errors. Make sure it resolves correctly in both Windows PowerShell and PowerShell Core. The build is running on Linux in the ci pipeline.

Error Cannot process argument transformation on parameter 'ProjectName'

If the old test framework folder DscResource.Tests is present in the local repository folder then the build will fail with this error. The reason is that build pipeline searches for *.psd1 files and want to use the first module manifest it finds which when the folder DscResource.Tests is present is the wrong one.

Issue with preview strings containing a dash

There are a issue with ModuleBuilder using preview strings using dash, e.g. fix0008-9. The string is compliant with SemVer 2.0 but there is a bug in Publish-Module that prevents the module to be released.

Make sure to pin the ModuleBuilder to version 1.0.0 in the file RequiredModules.psd1.

Attach your fork to a free Azure DevOps organization

We are moving to Azure DevOps because Azure Pipelines gives us better services on a free plan that can be created by all contributors for open source projects. For example it gives us longer run time per job (currently 6 hours) plus the ability to run parallel jobs.

Adding your fork to a free Azure DevOps organization means that when you push a working branch to your fork and it will be tested the same way as when you send in a PR.

This is similar to what the upstream repository is using to run CI pipeline, it is using the organization.

This can be used to test that everything works as expected before sending in a PR. It can also be used to start a test run that takes a long time without having the development environment powered on. Just commit and push the changes and the Azure Pipelines will run the CI for you.

  1. Push the working branch to your fork if you have not done so already. We will need it for the next step.
  2. Create a free Azure DevOps organization at
  3. Install the GitVersion task
    1. Go to the{organization}/_settings/extensions and browse the marketplace and search for GitVersion.
  4. Create a new project with the same name as the GitHub repository name*, make sure to set visibility to public.
  5. In the new project under Pipelines, create a new pipeline and choose GitHub as where the source resides, choose the the fork of the repository, e.g. johlju/SqlServerDsc. You will need to authenticate Azure DevOps with GitHub, and when it asks to install the Azure Pipelines GitHub app you can choose to install it for all and future repositories or just specific ones.
  6. Once back in Azure Pipelines choose Existing Azure Pipelines YAML file and then select azure-pipelines.yml by browsing the branch you recently pushed above.
  7. On the box that says Run, instead just choose Save in the drop-down list.
  8. Overrides the continuous integration trigger by clicking on ‘Edit’ where you see the YAML file.
  9. Click on the three dots to get the sub-menu and to show the menu item ‘Triggers’.
    1. Once in Triggers pane, under Continuous Integration click the checkbox Override the YAML continuous integration trigger from here, and then change the Branch specification to * (asterisk).
    2. Under Save & queue in the drop-down menu choose Save.
  10. Go back to the new pipeline and on the pane Runs click Run pipeline.
    1. For the Branch/tag choose the branch you just pushed, and leave Commit blank (to run the last the commit).
    2. Click on Run.

Next time you push a commit to a branch in your fork, the Azure Pipeline will trigger on that and start a run.

NOTE: Even if we chose the azure-pipelines.yml file from the working branch in the previous steps that specific azure-pipelines.yml file will not always be used, instead the azure-pipelines.yml file from the branch (or the commit) being run in the pipeline will be used. So if you make changes to the file azure-pipelines.yml those changes will be reflected when you run the pipeline.

Resolve merge conflicts

If another pull request is merged while yours is in review, you will need to add those new changes into your working branch before your pull request is allowed to merge. To do this we will ‘rebase’ the branch. This means that the changes you made in your working branch for your pull request will be ‘replayed’ on top of the changes that were recently merged into main, as though you originally created your branch/fork from the current point that the main branch is at.

Note: Since it’s replayed you might get conflicts several times during the rebase process (for the first rebase command, and for each following rebase --continue).

Here are the steps to rebase your branch:

  1. Rebase the local main branch from the base main branch.
  2. Resolve merge conflicts.
  3. Rebase your working branch.
  4. Resolve merge conflicts.
  5. Update your pull request.

Note: These steps assumes that you have added the remote as described above. Run git remote -v to verify that you have the remote name my pointing to your fork repository, and remote name origin pointing to the upstream repository. If your remotes are named differently, then change the remote names accordingly.

1. Rebase the local branch main from the base branch main

In a PowerShell prompt, you need to do the following:

cd <path to cloned repository>      # This is the path to your cloned repository. I.e. cd C:\Source\ComputerManagementDsc
git checkout main                 # Checkout (move) to your local main branch.
git fetch origin main             # Get all changes from origin/main (and branch information).
git rebase origin/main            # Rebase changes from origin/main into your local main branch.

Note: If you used the main branch as your working branch, then at this point you will probably get merge conflicts that need to be resolved. Search for the word ‘CONFLICT’ in the output. If you used main as your working branch, you can skip to step 3 to learn how to resolve the merge conflicts.

Force push to your fork’s main branch to your forked repository. Make sure there were no conflicts before running this command.

git push my main --force

2. Rebase your working branch

In a PowerShell prompt, you need to do the following:

cd <path to cloned repository>      # This is the path to your cloned repository. I.e. cd C:\Source\ComputerManagementDsc.
git checkout <your PR branch>       # Checkout (move) to your working branch, i.e git checkout awesome_feature.
git rebase my/main                # This will rebase your working branch from your forks main branch.

NOTE! At this point you will most likely get merge conflicts that need to be resolved before you continue with the next step. Search for the word ‘CONFLICT’ in the output. See step 3 to learn how to resolve the merge conflicts.

3. Resolve merge conflicts

If you get a message saying something like below, then you have merge conflicts that must be manually resolved. Below there is a conflict between the main branch and your pull request branch for the file You can read more about how to resolve a merge conflict on the GitHub help page.

CONFLICT (content): Merge conflict in
error: Failed to merge in the changes.

To fix this you need to manually open the file in an editor of your choosing and find the conflict. You find the conflict by searching for seven equals sign: =======. Below is an example of how it could look like.

### Unreleased
<<<<<<< HEAD
* Added tests for resources
  - xSQLServerPermission
* Fixes in xSQLServerAvailabilityGroupListener
  - In one case the Get-method did not report that DHCP was configured.
* Added resources
  - xSQLServerReplication
>>>>>>> my/main

  • Above the equal characters ======== is what is currently in the
  • Below the equal characters ======== is the incoming change from the current commit being replayed.

To resolve this we have to manually change this section. The file can be changed in any way you need to solve the conflict. Note: You must remove the lines <<<<<<< HEAD, ======== and >>>>>>> origin/main.

After resolving the conflict, could look like this:

### Unreleased
* Added resources
  - xSQLServerReplication
* Added tests for resources
  - xSQLServerPermission
* Fixes in xSQLServerAvailabilityGroupListener
  - In one case the Get-method did not report that DHCP was configured.


When you are happy with the file, save it and continue with the next file, if there was more merge conflicts. Only when all the merge conflicts are resolved can you continue with the rebase.

To continue with the rebase. In the same PowerShell prompt as you started the rebase, you need to do the following:

git status            # (optional) If you unsure of the name, you can use this to see the files that was in conflict.
git add <file>        # Do this for each file that you fixed merged conflicts in. I.e 'git add'. This stages the file for commit. You could also use 'git add *' to stage all files at once.
git rebase --continue

You may now get more merge conflicts. If so, then you have to resolve those again. Repeat the same procedure as before for these new conflicts. You might need to do this step several times.

Continue to step 4 only when you no longer have any merge conflicts you need to resolve (and no longer need to run the command rebase --continue).

4. Update your pull request

Force push to your branch in your forked repository. The pull request will then be updated automatically by GitHub. Force push “overwrites” the branch in the fork, and is always needed after rebase.

git push my <pull request branch> --force     # I.e git push my awesome_feature --force

How to continue working on a pull request (PR) when an author (contributor) is unable to complete it

Anyone in the community is allowed to continue the work on pull requests (PR’s) if either of these are true.

  • If the original contributor is unable to continue the work on a pull request.
  • If the pull request have been labeled with the abandoned label.

It is polite to tell the original author of the PR that you will be continuing the work, by commenting on the original PR.

You can continue the work by getting the changes from the original contributors branch to a new working branch in your fork. Once you have create a new working branch with the original contributors changes, then you can create a new pull request into the original repository. It’s important that when you create a new pull request from someone elses work, that you mention the original pull request, and also acknowledge the original author and mention the work it is based on. For example mention the original author in the descriptive field when you create the new pull request.

So, to continue working on a pull request, first you should rebase the changes in the original pull request branch onto your new working branch. This is pretty much the same as when you have to resolve merge conflicts.

In a PowerShell prompt, you need to do the following.

  1. Create a new working branch in your fork.

    cd <path to cloned repository>
    git checkout -b changes-from-PR#<number>  # Change to the PR number, i.e. git checkout -b changes-from-PR#34
  2. Add a remote to the original contributors fork. In this example we use the users name as the remotes name.

    git remote add <username> <url>           # I.e git remote add johlju
  3. Rebase your working branch using the fork and branch from the original contributor.

    git fetch <username>
    git rebase <username>/<branch>
  4. Fix conflicts and when all conflicts are resolved stage all files and continue with the rebase. This step might have to be done several times until all conflicts are resolved

    git add <file>                            # i.e git add
    git rebase --continue
  5. Push changes to your forked repository

    git push my changes-from-PR#<number> --force  # Change to the PR number, i.e. git push my changes-from-PR#34 --force
  6. Now we rebase again, this time against my/main (which should already be rebased against origin/main, see section Resolving merge conflicts on how to do that).

    git rebase `my/main`
  7. Again, fix conflicts and when all conflicts are resolved stage all files and continue with the rebase. This step might have to be done several times until all conflicts are resolved

    git add <file>                            # i.e git add
    git rebase --continue
  8. Push to your forked repository again

    git push my changes-from-PR#<number> --force  # Change to the PR number, i.e. git push my changes-from-PR#34 --force
  9. Now, go to you forked repository on GitHub and create the pull request the normal way.