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Customization checklist

Take the following steps to fully customize Maneage for your research project. After finishing the list, be sure to run ./project configure and project make to see if everything works correctly. If you notice anything missing or any in-correct part (probably a change that has not been explained here), please let us know to correct it.

As described above, the concept of reproducibility (during a project) heavily relies on version control. Currently Maneage uses Git as its main version control system. If you are not already familiar with Git, please read the first three chapters of the ProGit book which provides a wonderful practical understanding of the basics. You can read later chapters as you get more advanced in later stages of your work.

First custom commit

  1. Get this repository and its history (if you don't already have it): Arguably the easiest way to start is to clone Maneage and prepare for your customizations as shown below. After the cloning first you rename the default origin remote server to specify that this is Maneage's remote server. This will allow you to use the conventional origin name for your own project as shown in the next steps. Second, you will create and go into the conventional master branch to start committing in your project later.

    git clone    # Clone/copy the project and its history.
    mv project my-project                            # Change the name to your project's name.
    cd my-project                                    # Go into the cloned directory.
    git remote rename origin origin-maneage          # Rename current/only remote to "origin-maneage".
    git checkout -b master                           # Create and enter your own "master" branch.
    pwd                                              # Just to confirm where you are.
  2. Prepare to build project: The ./project configure command of the next step will build the different software packages within the "build" directory (that you will specify). Nothing else on your system will be touched. However, since it takes long, it is useful to see what it is being built at every instant (its almost impossible to tell from the torrent of commands that are produced!). So open another terminal on your desktop and navigate to the same project directory that you cloned (output of last command above). Then run the following command. Once every second, this command will just print the date (possibly followed by a non-existent directory notice). But as soon as the next step starts building software, you'll see the names of software get printed as they are being built. Once any software is installed in the project build directory it will be removed. Again, don't worry, nothing will be installed outside the build directory.

    # On another terminal (go to top project source directory, last command above)
    ./project --check-config
  3. Test Maneage: Before making any changes, it is important to test it and see if everything works properly with the commands below. If there is any problem in the ./project configure or ./project make steps, please contact us to fix the problem before continuing. Since the building of dependencies in configuration can take long, you can take the next few steps (editing the files) while its working (they don't affect the configuration). After ./project make is finished, open paper.pdf. If it looks fine, you are ready to start customizing the Maneage for your project. But before that, clean all the extra Maneage outputs with make clean as shown below.

    ./project configure     # Build the project's software environment (can take an hour or so).
    ./project make          # Do the processing and build paper (just a simple demo).
    # Open 'paper.pdf' and see if everything is ok.
  4. Setup the remote: You can use any hosting facility that supports Git to keep an online copy of your project's version controlled history. We recommend GitLab because it is more ethical (although not perfect), and later you can also host GitLab on your own server. Anyway, create an account in your favorite hosting facility (if you don't already have one), and define a new project there. Please make sure the newly created project is empty (some services ask to include a README in a new project which is bad in this scenario, and will not allow you to push to it). It will give you a URL (usually starting with git@ and ending in .git), put this URL in place of XXXXXXXXXX in the first command below. With the second command, "push" your master branch to your origin remote, and (with the --set-upstream option) set them to track/follow each other. However, the maneage branch is currently tracking/following your origin-maneage remote (automatically set when you cloned Maneage). So when pushing the maneage branch to your origin remote, you shouldn't use --set-upstream. With the last command, you can actually check this (which local and remote branches are tracking each other).

    git remote add origin XXXXXXXXXX        # Newly created repo is now called 'origin'.
    git push --set-upstream origin master   # Push 'master' branch to 'origin' (with tracking).
    git push origin maneage                 # Push 'maneage' branch to 'origin' (no tracking).
  5. Title, short description and author: The title and basic information of your project's output PDF paper should be added in paper.tex. You should see the relevant place in the preamble (prior to \begin{document}. After you are done, run the ./project make command again to see your changes in the final PDF, and make sure that your changes don't cause a crash in LaTeX. Of course, if you use a different LaTeX package/style for managing the title and authors (in particular a specific journal's style), please feel free to use it your own methods after finishing this checklist and doing your first commit.

  6. Delete dummy parts: Maneage contains some parts that are only for the initial/test run, mainly as a demonstration of important steps, which you can use as a reference to use in your own project. But they not for any real analysis, so you should remove these parts as described below:

    • paper.tex: 1) Delete the text of the abstract (from \includeabstract{ to \vspace{0.25cm}) and write your own (a single sentence can be enough now, you can complete it later). 2) Add some keywords under it in the keywords part. 3) Delete everything between %% Start of main body. and %% End of main body.. 4) Remove the notice in the "Acknowledgments" section (in \new{}) and Acknowledge your funding sources (this can also be done later). Just don't delete the existing acknowledgment statement: Maneage is possible thanks to funding from several grants. Since Maneage is being used in your work, it is necessary to acknowledge them in your work also.

    • reproduce/analysis/make/ Delete the delete-me line in the makesrc definition. Just make sure there is no empty line between the download \ and verify \ lines (they should be directly under each other).

    • reproduce/analysis/make/ In the final recipe, under the commented line Verify TeX macros, remove the full line that contains delete-me, and set the value of s in the line for download to XXXXX (any temporary string, you'll fix it in the end of your project, when its complete).

    • Delete all delete-me* files in the following directories:

      rm tex/src/delete-me*
      rm reproduce/analysis/make/delete-me*
      rm reproduce/analysis/config/delete-me*
    • Disable verification of outputs by removing the yes from reproduce/analysis/config/verify-outputs.conf. Later, when you are ready to submit your paper, or publish the dataset, activate verification and make the proper corrections in this file (described under the "Other basic customizations" section below). This is a critical step and only takes a few minutes when your project is finished. So DON'T FORGET to activate it in the end.

    • Re-make the project (after a cleaning) to see if you haven't introduced any errors.

      ./project make clean
      ./project make
  7. Don't merge some files in future updates: As described below, you can later update your infra-structure (for example to fix bugs) by merging your master branch with maneage. For files that you have created in your own branch, there will be no problem. However if you modify an existing Maneage file for your project, next time its updated on maneage you'll have an annoying conflict. The commands below show how to fix this future problem. With them, you can configure Git to ignore the changes in maneage for some of the files you have already edited and deleted above (and will edit below). Note that only the first echo command has a > (to write over the file), the rest are >> (to append to it). If you want to avoid any other set of files to be imported from Maneage into your project's branch, you can follow a similar strategy. We recommend only doing it when you encounter the same conflict in more than one merge and there is no other change in that file. Also, don't add core Maneage Makefiles, otherwise Maneage can break on the next run.

    echo "paper.tex merge=ours" > .gitattributes
    echo "tex/src/ merge=ours" >> .gitattributes
    echo "tex/src/ merge=ours" >> .gitattributes
    echo "reproduce/analysis/make/ merge=ours" >> .gitattributes
    echo "reproduce/software/config/TARGETS.conf merge=ours" >> .gitattributes
    echo "reproduce/analysis/config/delete-me-num.conf merge=ours" >> .gitattributes
    git add .gitattributes
  8. Copyright and License notice: It is necessary that all the "copyright-able" files in your project (those larger than 10 lines) have a copyright and license notice. Please take a moment to look at several existing files to see a few examples. The copyright notice is usually close to the start of the file, it is the line starting with Copyright (C) and containing a year and the author's name (like the examples below). The License notice is a short description of the copyright license, usually one or two paragraphs with a URL to the full license. Don't forget to add these two notices to any new file you add in your project (you can just copy-and-paste). When you modify an existing Maneage file (which already has the notices), just add a copyright notice in your name under the existing one(s), like the line with capital letters below. To start with, add this line with your name and email address to paper.tex, tex/src/preamble-header.tex, reproduce/analysis/make/, and generally, all the files you modified in the previous step.

    Copyright (C) 2018-2023 Existing Name <existing@email.address>
    Copyright (C) 2023 YOUR NAME <YOUR@EMAIL.ADDRESS>
  9. Configure Git for fist time: If this is the first time you are running Git on this system, then you have to configure it with some basic information in order to have essential information in the commit messages (ignore this step if you have already done it). Git will include your name and e-mail address information in each commit. You can also specify your favorite text editor for making the commit (emacs, vim, nano, and etc.).

    git config --global "YourName YourSurname"
    git config --global
    git config --global core.editor nano
  10. Your first commit: You have already made some small and basic changes in the steps above and you are in your project's master branch. So, you can officially make your first commit in your project's history and push it. But before that, you need to make sure that there are no problems in the project. This is a good habit to always re-build the system before a commit to be sure it works as expected.

    git status                 # See which files you have changed.
    git diff                   # Check the lines you have added/changed.
    ./project make             # Make sure everything builds successfully.
    git add -u                 # Put all tracked changes in staging area.
    git status                 # Make sure everything is fine.
    git diff --cached          # Confirm all the changes that will be committed.
    git commit                 # Your first commit: put a good description!
    git push                   # Push your commit to your remote.
  11. Start your exciting research: You are now ready to add flesh and blood to this raw skeleton by further modifying and adding your exciting research steps. You can use the "published works" section in the introduction (above) as some fully working models to learn from. Also, don't hesitate to contact us if you have any questions.

Other basic customizations

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