Make a Larger Contribution

So you have more extensive comments or want to provide new content? Then there is a bit more that you need to understand to provide feedback of this type.

You need to set up a local environment for the documentation, perform your edits or create your new content there, and then submit it all through a pull request against the CumulusNetworks/docs repository on GitHub.

To get started:

Install Hugo

The first step is to install Hugo:

  1. Go to

  2. Select the relevant extended package based on your operating system:

    • hugo_extended_0.65.3_Linux-64bit.deb
    • hugo_extended_0.65.3_Linux-64bit.tar.gz
    • hugo_extended_0.65.3_macOS-64bit.tar.gz

You must use the extended version of Hugo to support our use of SCSS stylesheets.

  1. Decompress and install Hugo from the download.

  2. Verify Hugo is installed and running.

    From a terminal window, run hugo version:

    <computer>:<username>$ hugo server
    Hugo Static Site Generator v0.65.3-211BA42A/extended darwin/amd64

Clone the Documentation Repository

The next step is to obtain a local copy of the Cumulus Networks Documentation Repository:

  1. Create a directory where you want to store the documentation files.

  2. Navigate to

  3. Make sure the Branch is on stage, and then click Clone or download.

  4. Copy the HTTPS URL.

  5. Return to your directory in the terminal window and type git clone.

  6. Paste in the URL, and press Enter.

    <computer>:<cndocs-repo> <username>$ git clone

When it is done cloning, your directory should have a copy of all of the source files.

Run the Local Server

And the final setup step is to validate that you can view your local copy of the documentation repository using Hugo:

  1. From your terminal window, navigate to the docs subdirectory.

  2. Start the hugo server by running hugo server --baseURL localhost:1313.

    You should see output similar to this:

    <computer>:docs <username>$ hugo server
    Building sites...
                       |  EN
      Pages            |  769
      Paginator pages  |    0
      Non-page files   | 2003
      Static files     | 1925
      Processed images |    0
      Aliases          |    0
      Sitemaps         |    1
      Cleaned          |    0
    Built in 6294 ms   
    Watching for changes in /Users/<username>/<cndocs-repo>/docs/{content,data,static,themes}
    Watching for config changes in /Users/<username>/<cndocs-repo>docs/config.toml
    Environment: "development"
    Serving pages from memory
    Running in Fast Render Mode. For full rebuilds on change: hugo server --disableFastRender
    Web Server is available at //localhost:1313/ (bind address
    Press Ctrl+C to stop
  3. In the address field of a web browser, enter http://localhost:1313.

    When you make and then save changes to the source Markdown files, the updates are shown here.

    If the page does not appear to be updating, you may need to stop the Hugo server (press Ctrl+c) and restart it using hugo server --baseURL localhost:1313 --gc to rebuild the site without using cached data.

You are now ready to edit the documentation or create a new topic. Refer to Adding New Content.