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AdaBot is a friendly helper bot that works across the web to make people’s lives better. It focuses on those contributing to Adafruit’s variety of projects including CircuitPython.


Here are the instructions for one time setup. Its simpler to start once everything is installed.

Debian/Ubuntu Dependencies +++++++++++++++++++++++++++

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sudo apt-get update # make sure you have the latest packages
sudo apt-get upgrade # make sure already installed packages are latest
sudo apt-get install git python3 python3-venv python3-pip screen

Adabot ++++++++++

Once the dependencies are installed, now clone the git repo into your home directory.

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git clone
cd adabot

First, set up a virtual environment and install the deps.

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python3 -m venv .env source .env/bin/activate pip install -r requirements.txt

Secrets! +++++++++

Adabot needs a few secrets to do her work. Never, ever check these into source control!

They are stored as environment variables in

So, copy the example, edit it and save it as

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Do CTRL-X to exit and press Y to save the file before exiting.

Git +++++++++

Adabot can automatically commit information so git must know an email and name for the author.

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git config --global "<adabot's email>"
git config --global "Adafruit Adabot"
git config --global credential.helper 'store --file ~/.adabot-git-credentials'
git push

The git push won’t actually push anything but it prompt for the bot’s username and password. These will be stored in the ~/.adabot-git-credentials file which makes this not very secure. Make sure your OAUTH token has only the permissions it needs in case it ends up in someone else’s hands.

Usage Example

To run Adabot we’ll use screen to manage all of the individual pieces. Luckily, we have a screenrc file that manages starting everything up.

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screen -c adabot.screenrc

This command will return back to your prompt with something like [detached from 10866.pts-0.raspberrypi]. This means that Rosie is now running within screen session behind the scenes. You can view output of it by attaching to the screen with:

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screen -r

Once reattached you can stop everything by CTRL-Cing repeatedly or detach again with CTRL-A then D. If any errors occur, a sleep command will be run so you can view the output before screen shuts down.

To run the library statistics and validation script you must be inside this cloned adabot directory and run the following command:

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python3 -m adabot.circuitpython_libraries

Ensure you have set BOTH the Github access token and Travis token environment variables beforehand–see the for the name and where to get tokens.

Applying Patches To All CircuitPython Libraries

To apply a patch to all CircuitPython libraries (only guaranteed for files shared among all libraries, such as those included in the cookiecutter (e.g. README.rst, etc), do the following:

  1. Apply your update(s) to any library as normal, using git commit. It is recommended to give a short, detailed description of the patch. This description will be used by the next step for both the name of the patchfile and the subsequent patch messages.

  2. Create a patch file using git format-patch <>_. There are many techniques to using git format-patch; choose the one that makes sense for your updates. As a general usage example, format-patch -n will create patches for n number of commits starting with the most recent:

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# creates a patch file based on the last commit
git format-patch -1

# creates patch files based on the last 5 commits
git format-patch -5

# creates a patch file with zero lines of context (to eliminate any unique
# text that will cause the patch to not be applicable). must use
# 'git apply --unidiff-zero' flag to apply the patch.
git format-patch -1 -U0
  1. Place the new patch file into the adabot/patches directory on a fork of the adafruit/adabot repository, and git commit with a description of the patch(es).

  2. Submit a Pull Request (PR) to the adafruit/adabot repository from the updated fork.

  3. Run the patch update script after the PR has been merged.

To run the patch update script you must be inside this cloned adabot directory and run the following command:

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# note: ensure the local clone is current with the github repo that contains the patch(es)
# by using git pull before running the script.
python3 -m adabot.circuitpython_library_patches

# The 'circuitpython_library_patches' script accepts command line arguments. Use
# the help argument to display usage.
python3 -m adabot.circuitpython_library_patches -h


Contributions are welcome! Please read our Code of Conduct <>_ before contributing to help this project stay welcoming.

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