Getting Started with Development
Getting the Code
Pioneer is managed using Git, and is stored on Github. The official repository is the best one to get. To get it:
git clone git://github.com/pioneerspacesim/pioneer.git
This will get you on the "master" branch, which is where new code is merged. This is the latest and greatest development. It should be stable.
You may also need to clone the pioneer-thirdparty repository, depending on what platform you're on. It is needed to build on Windows. You should clone this in a directory next to your clone of the pioneer directory (not a sub-directory). Further instructions are in the COMPILING.txt file (linked below).
There are instructions for how to compile the code included in the repository:
Also available: Compiling
For developers on Linux, gdb can be used for debugging
gdb ./src/pioneer run
This starts pioneer in gdb. After a crash, you can get a back trace by typing into the gdb prompt "bt". Bugs, and feature requests, should be logged on the issue tracker.
Most development is done on GNU/Linux machines, although there are some developers using MS Visual Studio on Windows.