Information for Interested GSoC Students 2022

Thread 1

Yes, I knew that. Still, I was just trying to fix it by brute force there. :rofl:
Switching from py3 to py2 fixed it for me. Check this:

Thread 2

(Light Joke Alert) For a surprise, even though, I am from India. I am not using Windows. :laughing: Currently:

I am using pyenv for Mac.

Thread 3

Sure, I will be more than happy to own this up. :fire: :rocket:

So how should I approach it? After finding some common false positives should I create an issue for the same?

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I saw that, but that cannot be true. We require Sphinx >= 4.1.2. Furthermore Python 2 support was dropped in Sphinx 2.

You can go straight to a PR, no issue creation necessary.

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I had these questions regarding spellcheck task:

  1. Are - (dash) containing words breaking into two different words. Like add-ons breaks into:
    1. add
    2. ons
  2. Is the file spelling_wordlist.tx case sensitive?
  3. How are the letters being sorted in that document?

Good questions.

The Sphinx plugin for spell checking is sphinxcontrib.spelling, and its documentation explains how it works and its settings, in case you have other questions that you want to answer right away. The settings and their default values for the extension are defined in docs/, here and here. We can always change settings, if it makes sense.

  1. No.
  2. Yes. For example, if you spell "ZODB" as "zodb", that is incorrect and it will be caught by the spellchecker.
  3. Sorting is alphanumeric, where case does not matter. If we were to sort by ASCII value, where A-Z is followed by a-z, then case would matter. That would be bad because maintainers would not look in two different parts of a looooooong file to see whether the correct spelling of a word should be upper- or lower-case. It's best to keep them clustered closely.
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Issue 1

If I simply wrtite, 'ons' in the dictionary file, It reduces spelling error count by ~100. There are a lot of false positives for different versions of add-ons which is already added in the dictionary. I think that hyphen is splitting the word into two different tokens, and then applying spellcheck.

voltoaddons/ (ons)  transpiling, less loading, and so on) if they are identified as Volto add-ons.
voltoaddons/ (ons)  Notice that the add-ons should be named by their package name, plus any

Issue 2

Couldn't understand this error? How can I fix it?

Issue 3

This empty string error exists and there are 200+ instances of it.

Issue 1

I apologize, you are correct. In fact, I forgot I opened an issue with sphinx-contrib.spelling last fall for this exact issue. I just picked it up again and started a draft PR.

Let's ignore errors from hyphenated words for now. We can add them to the file as good words, and eventually we'll get that bug fixed.

Issue 2

See mastering-plone training WARNING: document isn't included in any toctree · Issue #536 · plone/training · GitHub

It is up to the authors of the Mastering Plone for both versions 5 and 6 to decide what to do with those files, @ksuess, @pbauer.

I'm not sure what the status is for theming_plone_5. That's a question for the content creators, @agitator and @MrTango.

Issue 3

For now, please ignore those errors. That training might be obsolete. It was last updated 5 or so years ago, except when we converted it from reStructuredText to MyST and moved things around. We haven't figured out what to do with obsolete trainings yet. See Handle obsolete trainings and "Plone Training 2022 documentation" in logo area · Issue #581 · plone/training · GitHub

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Need help regarding this problem, posting it here as I don't think it is an issue but rather a configuration problem in my device.

Problem Description

Followed instructions mentioned on Building and Checking the Quality of Documentation. Ran the make html command in plone/documentation project but got this error.

Steps I did to resolve this issue

  • Deleted project directory and cloned it again. To delete the Python virtual environment.
  • Uninstalled and installed enchant again.
  • Have sphinx path i.e. export PATH="/opt/homebrew/opt/sphinx-doc/bin:$PATH" in my .zshrc
  • Have restarted the terminal and operating system many times.

Python version: 3.8.12
System: M1 Mac Air + Monterey

  • make commands like spellcheck, html work perfectly in the plone/training project locally.
  • Facing similar issue in plone/volto

The error message states:


Under the macOS heading:

If you are using Apple Silicon and it displays this error: The 'enchant' C library was not found and maybe needs to be installed., as a workaround, you may need to install an x86_64 (Intel) version of enchant. In order to do so, you need to install the x86_64 version of Homebrew in /usr/local/ and then use this version to install the corresponding version of enchant.

arch -x86_64 /bin/bash -c "$(curl -fsSL"
arch -x86_64 /usr/local/bin/brew install enchant
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I did the steps mentioned above. Had one doubt:
Do I need to uninstall the other version of enchant, which I already had?

As I am new to the python ecosystem, I am unsure whether I have made any progress or that error has got overshadowed by a new one.

The full traceback has been saved in /var/folders/0n/rwgb7dwx6blgfvxvpzycn03w0000gn/T/sphinx-err-zkvqt_an.log, if you want to report the issue to the developers.

# Sphinx version: 4.4.0
# Python version: 3.9.10 (CPython)
# Docutils version: 0.16 release
# Jinja2 version: 3.0.3
# Last messages:

# Loaded extensions:
Traceback (most recent call last):
  File "/Users/avimishra/Code/Projects/plone/documentation/lib/python3.9/site-packages/sphinx/cmd/", line 280, in build_main
    app = Sphinx(args.sourcedir, args.confdir, args.outputdir,
  File "/Users/avimishra/Code/Projects/plone/documentation/lib/python3.9/site-packages/sphinx/", line 230, in __init__
  File "/Users/avimishra/Code/Projects/plone/documentation/lib/python3.9/site-packages/sphinx/", line 387, in setup_extension
    self.registry.load_extension(self, extname)
  File "/Users/avimishra/Code/Projects/plone/documentation/lib/python3.9/site-packages/sphinx/", line 433, in load_extension
    mod = import_module(extname)
  File "/opt/homebrew/Cellar/python@3.9/3.9.10/Frameworks/Python.framework/Versions/3.9/lib/python3.9/importlib/", line 127, in import_module
    return _bootstrap._gcd_import(name[level:], package, level)
  File "<frozen importlib._bootstrap>", line 1030, in _gcd_import
  File "<frozen importlib._bootstrap>", line 1007, in _find_and_load
  File "<frozen importlib._bootstrap>", line 986, in _find_and_load_unlocked
  File "<frozen importlib._bootstrap>", line 680, in _load_unlocked
  File "<frozen importlib._bootstrap_external>", line 850, in exec_module
  File "<frozen importlib._bootstrap>", line 228, in _call_with_frames_removed
  File "/Users/avimishra/Code/Projects/plone/documentation/lib/python3.9/site-packages/sphinxcontrib/spelling/", line 11, in <module>
    from .builder import SpellingBuilder
  File "/Users/avimishra/Code/Projects/plone/documentation/lib/python3.9/site-packages/sphinxcontrib/spelling/", line 20, in <module>
    from enchant.tokenize import EmailFilter, WikiWordFilter
  File "/Users/avimishra/Code/Projects/plone/documentation/lib/python3.9/site-packages/enchant/", line 81, in <module>
    from enchant import _enchant as _e
  File "/Users/avimishra/Code/Projects/plone/documentation/lib/python3.9/site-packages/enchant/", line 161, in <module>
    e = ctypes.cdll.LoadLibrary(enchant_lib_path)
  File "/opt/homebrew/Cellar/python@3.9/3.9.10/Frameworks/Python.framework/Versions/3.9/lib/python3.9/ctypes/", line 452, in LoadLibrary
    return self._dlltype(name)
  File "/opt/homebrew/Cellar/python@3.9/3.9.10/Frameworks/Python.framework/Versions/3.9/lib/python3.9/ctypes/", line 374, in __init__
    self._handle = _dlopen(self._name, mode)
OSError: dlopen(/usr/local/lib/libenchant-2.dylib, 0x0006): tried: '/usr/local/lib/libenchant-2.dylib' (mach-o file, but is an incompatible architecture (have 'x86_64', need 'arm64e')), '/usr/lib/libenchant-2.dylib' (no such file), '/usr/local/Cellar/enchant/2.3.2/lib/libenchant-2.2.dylib' (mach-o file, but is an incompatible architecture (have 'x86_64', need 'arm64e')), '/usr/local/lib/libenchant-2.2.dylib' (mach-o file, but is an incompatible architecture (have 'x86_64', need 'arm64e')), '/usr/lib/libenchant-2.2.dylib' (no such file)

Hi everyone!

We have noticed a huge amount of pull requests submisssions on our GitHub repositories from GSoC candidates.
We definitely love your enthusiasm :heart:, nevertheless be aware people in charge of reviewing and merging PRs are also busy with many other things.

So I would like to make our expectations clearer: we do think trying to fix easy issues is a nice way to start learning about the Plone development process, but we are not necessarily expecting a pull request from you.
If you have something valuable to contribute, that's very nice, but if that's not the case, that is totally fine and we will not misconsider your GSoC application for that.
Also, if you do have an interesting PR, be aware review and merge might take time as the core contributors can be busy (and if your PR is not merge at the time your candidacy will be analysed, it is perfectly ok).

Thank you!

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Hi @ebrehault, first of all, thank you for that clarification. Will totally respect the availability of every (core) contributor. :grinning_face_with_smiling_eyes: If it will be okay to ask, I would like to ask a counter-question :smiley:

Being a new member, I am unable to understand valuable/interesting changes as it sounds vague. Please, can you be more specific like what type of changes are considered valuable/interesting?

It sounds like your Python virtual environment linked to the previously installed enchant library. I recommend wiping your project once again, then:

git clone
cd documentation
make html
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Thank you, for helping me once again. :relaxed: But still getting the above error. :zipper_mouth_face: Even restarted my Mac. M1 Chip issues. :sneezing_face: :face_with_head_bandage: I will try to resolve it on my own.

Finally was able to run, sphinx in plone projects. I wasn't able to run enchant in Apple Silicon. Sharing what worked for me:-

  1. Using rosetta.
  2. Using x86 Homebrew to install x86 Python3 and enchant.
  3. Changed the python3 path to x86 instead of Arm64.


  1. I wasn't successful in using pyenv to install x86 python version.
  2. I think there are some support issues with enchant on Apple Silicon. Couldn't make it work natively.

2 posts were split to a new topic: GSoC idea of creating a new Volto theme

Hey i had a few questions ... (1) Is the volto theme a 3 month project or a pre-gsoc task to prove one's self? (2) is there a section where project ideas are given? (3) what are some ways to prove myself because i'm late to the party :frowning:? Is it too late for me?

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Hello everyone,

My name is Arya Pandey and I am a 20 year-old-girl living in Delhi. I am currently pursuing my B. Tech in Software Engineering from Delhi Technological University and I have always had a keen interest in Web Development.

I have a vast knowledge of ReactJS and I have worked on various government-related web development projects previously. I have also made 5+ websites using ReactJS. I am very new to GSOC and I wanted to get an idea of how I could apply to the Plone community's open-source projects. I have been observing the website for quite a while and have gained quite a lot of interest in working on its projects.

It would be really helpful if a mentor could guide me in on that!


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please see my answer in GSoC idea of creating a new Volto theme - #7 by tkimnguyen

hi @aryapandey – very glad to welcome you to Plone! Volto is Plone's React front end and we would love to have your help. You can see some discussion about the idea of creating multiple Volto themes in GSoC idea of creating a new Volto theme but feel free to start a new topic to discuss your ideas.

Thank you so much for the help, @tkimnguyen sir! I will go through the code once and try to complete my proposal as per all ideas I can brainstorm for inculcation with the community.