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Argonne Leadership Computing Facility

Argonne Leadership
Computing Facility

ALCF User Guide

Contributing to Documentation

Python environment

To build documentation locally, you need a Python environment with mkdocs installed. Check that Python 3.6+ is installed:

$ python --version
Python 3.8.3

Then create a new virtual env to isolate the mkdocs installation:

$ python -m venv env
$ source env/bin/activate


Using Git ssh. Make sure you add ssh public key to your profile (https cloning to be deprecated soon)

$ git clone

Installing Mkdocs

To install mkdocs in the current environment:

$ cd alcf-userguide
$ make install-dev

Preview the Docs Locally

Run mkdocs serve or make serve to auto-build and serve the docs for preview in your web browser.

$ make serve

Working on documentation

  • All commits must have the commit comment
  • Create your own branch from the main branch. For this writing we are using YOURBRANCH as an example.
    $ cd alcf-userguide
    $ git fetch --all
    $ git checkout main
    $ git pull origin main
    $ git checkout -b YOURBRANCH
    $ git push -u origin YOURBRANCH
  • Commit your changes to the remote repo
    $ cd alcf-userguide
    $ git status                         # check the status of the files you have editted
    $ git commit -a -m "Updated docs"    # preferably one issue per commit
    $ git status                         # should say working tree clean
    $ git push origin YOURBRANCH         # push YOURBRANCH to origin
    $ git checkout main                  # move to the local main
    $ git pull origin main               # pull the remote main to your local machine
    $ git checkout YOURBRANCH            # move back to your local branch
    $ git merge main                     # merge the local develop into **YOURBRANCH** and
                                         # make sure NO merge conflicts exist
    $ git push origin YOURBRANCH         # push the changes from local branch up to your remote branch
  • Create merge request from from YOURBRANCH to main branch.