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RDK components are hosted at You can submit your code changes for review via that site using the workflow outlined below.

Create a JIRA ticket

  • Refer to JIRA Guidelines for creating a JIRA before pushing your code changes in

Clone the Repository

Clone the component repository from the Gerrit server into a local workspace


Code Block
$ git config "John Doe"

$ git config ""

Work on the change, commit to local clone

Each commit constitutes a change in Gerrit and must be approved separately. It is recommended to squash several commits into one that represents a change to the project.


It is important to preserve the Change-Id line when editing and there should only be one "pick" entry at the end of this process. The end result is to submit one change to Gerrit.

Push the new changes for Gerrit for review

Commits will be BLOCKED if the format of the commit message does not comply with the standard. You will see a warning as to why the commit was blocked.


  • HEAD is a Git symbolic reference to the most recent commit on the current branch. When you change branches, HEAD is updated to refer to the new branch's latest commit.
  • The refspec in the git push operation takes the form source:destination (source is the local ref being pushed, destination is the remote ref being updated).

Review notifications and addition of new reviewers

Component owners/reviewers/approvers, defined as specific groups in Gerrit, will be added to the review by default. You may request additional feedback by specifically adding reviewers via the Gerrit web GUI. 

Scan and build on code submission

BlackDuck, copyright scanning and build jobs will be triggered automatically from CMF Jenkins. The output of these jobs is integrated into the Gerrit voting process via custom labels and will reflect any 'red flag' in a file that has new code changes, whether introduced in the new change/patch-set or not. Scans will post any findings as comments in the Gerrit review. Build jobs also do that, but in addition will upload the build log to the corresponding JIRA ticket (if there is one) as an attachment.

Code review and scoring process

Reviewers can comment on and score a given change.
The default set of rules for enabling a code change for submission requires:


 Review input is generally referred to as labelling with a positive/negative score.

Submit code change

Only authorized users, i.e. component owners, component approvers or admins, can submit the change allowing Gerrit to merge it to the target branch as soon as possible. A change can be submitted, having satisfied the approval conditions described earlier, by clicking the 'Submit Patch Set n' button within the Gerrit UI. When a change has been Submitted, it is automatically merged to the target branch by Gerrit.

Abandon change

Depending on the review outcome, it might be decided to abandon the change. The component owner or an authorised user may abandon the change by clicking the "Abandon Change" button. The abandoned changes are not removed from the Gerrit database and can be restored at a later stage.

Submitted, Merge Pending

If a change depends on another change that is still in review, it will enter this state. It will be merged automatically by Gerrit once all its dependencies are submitted and merged.

Change needs to be reworked

If you need to rework a change, you need to push another commit with the same Change-ID as the original in its commit message.
This is the mechanism Gerrit uses to associate or link the two items. The `--amend` option to the Git commit command prevents a new Change-ID being generated by the commit-msg hook.


  • The 'change number' referenced above is different to underlying Git commit ID.
  • Patch-sets are numbered (starting from 1) for each review, and incremented whenever a change is amended with another Git commit.
  • FETCH_HEAD is a Git symbolic reference and shorthand for the head of the last branch fetched and is valid only immediately after the fetch operation.

Gerrit merge failure as a result of a conflict

Essentially this means that the remote branch has evolved since this change was started and now software conflicts with changes in the remote branch. The developer must resolve the merge conflicts in their local clone and then push another patch-set.
The process is resumed at step 4, with the important distinction of committing with the --amend option, once the developer pulls the latest changes. Note: A summary of the steps involved, assuming the local branch still exists: 


Code Block
$ git fetch refs/changes/58/58/2 && git checkout FETCH_HEAD
$ git rebase origin/<branch>
[Edit the conflicting file, cleaning up the <<<<, ==== >>> markers surrounding the conflicting lines]
$ git add <file>
$ git commit --amend
$ git push origin HEAD:refs/for/<branch>

RDK Components - Product Branch

Following RDK components are hosted at Follow the Instructions to submit your code changes.