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The first step is creating your own clone. For some packages, you may also need to install the requirements necessary for building Atom in order to run
For example, if you want to make changes to the
tree-view package, fork the repo on your github account, then clone it:
git clone firstname.lastname@example.org:your-username/tree-view.git
Next install all the dependencies:
cd tree-view apm install Installing modules ✓
Now you can link it to development mode so when you run an Atom window with
atom --dev, you will use your fork instead of the built in package:
apm link -d
Editing a package in Atom is a bit of a circular experience: you're using Atom to modify itself. What happens if you temporarily break something? You don't want the version of Atom you're using to edit to become useless in the process. For this reason, you'll only want to load packages in development mode while you are working on them. You'll perform your editing in stable mode, only switching to development mode to test your changes.
To open a development mode window, use the "Application: Open Dev" command. You can also run dev mode from the command line with
To load your package in development mode, create a symlink to it in
~/.atom/dev/packages. This occurs automatically when you clone the package with
apm develop. You can also run
apm link --dev and
apm unlink --dev from the package directory to create and remove dev-mode symlinks.
You'll want to keep dependencies up to date by running
apm update after pulling any upstream changes.