Developer Documentation

Build-time Dependencies

The following tools are required for app development:

Developer installation

To install the app manually:

  1. Install a development setup of nextcloud.
  2. Install the teams/circles, text and viewer apps by cloning them to the apps folder
  3. Clone this repository into the apps folder of your Nextcloud
  4. Install build tools and dependencies by running make setup-dev
  5. Compile NodeJS assets by running make build

Afterwards, you can enable the app from the Nextcloud app management menu.

Running tests

With the app available in the Nextcloud app management you should be able to run the unit tests with

make test-php-unit

In order to run the integration tests you either need to configure your Nextcloud to run with https and be availabe at https://nextcloud.local, or you need to change the default config for behat in tests/Integration/features/config/behat.yml to use a different baseUrl.

Then you can run them with

make test-php-integration

The integration tests rely on test data installed to the server. This is available in the nextcloud-docker-dev repo.

Development environment

Development environments often do not use proper hostnames and are not using ssl. In order to make the teams API work in such environments, a few configuration settings need to be adjusted.

You can do so by running the following commands on the nextcloud server:

./occ config:system:set --type bool --value true -- allow_local_remote_servers
./occ config:app:set --value 1 -- circles self_signed_cert
./occ config:app:set --value 1 -- circles allow_non_ssl_links
./occ config:app:set --value 1 -- circles local_is_non_ssl

Faster frontend developing with HMR

You can enable HMR (Hot module replacement) to avoid page reloads when working on the frontend:

  1. ☑️ Install and enable hmr_enabler app
  2. 🏁 Run npm run serve
  3. 🌍 Open the normal Nextcloud server URL (not the URL given by above command)

Development Background: Collective ownership

Usually, in Nextcloud every file/folder is owned by a user. Even when shared, the ultimate power over this object remains at the owner user. In collective workflows, this leads to several problems. Instead of individual users, we want the collective pages to be owned and maintained by the collective.

That’s why the Collectives app implements an own storage and uses mountpoints to mount the collective folders to members home directories.

Development Background: Teams integration

Every collective is bound to a team. Currently, the app automatically creates a new secret team with every new collective.

Prepare a release

Dependencies for building a new release:

Releasing a new version contains the following steps:

Backport changes to stableX branches

App development happens in the main branch. From time to time, we have to branch off due to backwards-incompatible changes in the Nextcloud server code. In these cases, we create a new branch like stable1 (for 1.X releases) that holds the Collectives version before we break compability with an old release.

To allow backporting changes from the main branch to these stableX releases later, we established the following workflow:

The last backported commit from main is tagged as backported. In order to backport all subsequent commits and prepare a stableX branch for a new release, do the following:

  1. Backport commits since backported (replace stableX with the branch name):
    git checkout origin/main -b backport/stableX
    git rebase --onto stableX backported -i
    git push origin backport/stableX
    git tag -d backported
    git push origin --delete backported
    git tag backported origin/main
    git push origin --tags
  2. Create a merge request from backport/stableX to stableX. Merge after pipeline succeeds.
  3. Remove temporary branches:
    git branch -D backport/stableX
    git push origin --delete backport/stableX