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The Serval Mesh app for Android is built from two components:
To contribute code or documentation to Serval Mesh, please observe the Serval Project's Software Development practices and refer to this page for procedures and resources that pertain specifically to Serval Mesh.
Copyright in all Batphone source code (including technical documentation) is owned by Serval Project Incorporated. Contributors must assign their copyright to Serval Project Incorporated by furnishing a signed Developer Agreement. The Batphone source code is licensed to the public under the terms of the GNU General Public License, version 3.
See Serval DNA Copyright and Licensing for information about Serval DNA.
The Batphone source code and accompanying technical documentation is held in the Batphone Git repository, which contains two main branches:
There is a single automated test case for MeshMS in the Batphone tests directory. It uses the Bash test framework and requires two Android devices connected via USB with the Serval Mesh app installed and running.
The Serval DNA component has an extensive suite of automated tests, and its own testing and quality assurance policies and procedures.
Follow the release procedure to make a new release of the Serval Mesh software.
Learn about about Serval Mesh version numbering.
See the full list of Serval Mesh releases.
Serval Mesh bugs and issues are tracked using GitHub Issues. Each component of Serval Mesh has its own GitHub repository, so each component has its own issue list. When reporting a bug in Serval Mesh, you must first choose whether to report it as a Batphone issue or a Serval DNA issue:
It can be difficult to decide between a Serval DNA issue and a Batphone issue, especially without strong technical knowledge of the source code. If in doubt, contact a Serval Project team member first, or report it as a Batphone issue by following the instructions for reporting Serval bugs.
Versions of Batphone prior to 0.90 depended on the third-party apps SMSDroid and WebSMS, which had to be downloaded and installed separately from Serval Mesh. The pre-0.90 Batphone source code included parts of the SMSDroid source code to act as a client of that app. These dependencies were removed in version 0.90 “Shiny”.