Getting started

You can browse the source code at

For anonymous access to the Thumbslug source code, feel free to clone the repository:

$ git clone git://

Thumbslug committers can clone the repository using the ssh url, which is required if you want to push changes into the repo (and of course you need permission to do so).

$ git clone

for more information on working with Git, checkout the Spacewalk GitGuide.



Candlepin uses buildr as its build tool (primarily because we don’t like maven). For building on Fedora 17, you will need: java, tomcat6, gettext, and buildr.

  • $ sudo yum install ruby rubygems ruby-devel gcc perl-Locale-Msgfmt java-1.7.0-openjdk-devel
  • $ sudo gem update --system
  • $ sudo -s
  • # export JAVA_HOME=/usr/lib/jvm/java-1.7.0/

    You may want 1.6.0 depending on OS version

  • # gem install bundler
  • Return to your normal user account and candlepin.git checkout.
  • $ bundle install

For other options, check the buildr site:

Last modified on 24 March 2016