[php-maint] C and PHP Developer who would like to help out!

Ondřej Surý ondrej at debian.org
Thu Aug 23 08:43:12 UTC 2012

On Tue, Aug 21, 2012 at 5:39 PM, Sean Dubois <seander13 at gmail.com> wrote:
> If thats what you guys need I am up for it! Doing QA will be a great way for
> me to actually learn the Debian way of doing things.
> I think it would be best for me to start out this way and move my way up.
> When I feel ready I will take on more Debian related work in another package
> to get my programming fix.
> So the best place to start is going through the PHP bugs and follow up on them?

Subscribe to BTS here: http://packages.qa.debian.org/p/php5.html
(bottom left corner of the page).

Then open:


and read through the list, pick ones you like to see fixed and search
for solution :).

Just to give you a start, f.e. these two bugs:

are probably worth fixing.

And reading Debian Policy Manual, Developer's Reference and New
Maintainers' Guid from http://www.debian.org/devel/ is also very

> After that read patch headers and figure out their status upstream?
> Sorry for so many questions!
> On Tue, Aug 21, 2012 at 10:45 AM, Ondřej Surý <ondrej at debian.org> wrote:
>> Hi Sean,
>> thanks for your offer. I think that main problem with packaging PHP in
>> Debian is the QA; e.g. handling the bug reports, confirming if they
>> are valid, searching upstream git for patches, etc.  That's also
>> related to security updates.
>> Also we carry a quite high number of patches on top of vanilla PHP,
>> and it would be nice if someone could do a review and pick patches
>> which make sense to be send to PHP upstream (e.g. real bugs).
>> So, not much programming, but a lot of god forsaken work :).  If you
>> are up to it, then welcome on board.
>> O.
>> On Tue, Aug 21, 2012 at 6:38 AM, Sean Dubois <seander13 at gmail.com> wrote:
>>> Hi I am Sean DuBois!
>>>    I have been mooching off of Debian for a very long time and would
>>> like to start giving back. I am a C developer for fun, and a
>>> Asterisk/Linux/Web Dev for pay. I use PHP all the time and would love
>>> to give back, and learn lots more about Debian and PHP.
>>>    I am open to helping in anyway possible. I would prefer to do
>>> programming in C, but am willing to help out in any way I could be
>>> helpful. I can also help out in other places, but this seems to be the
>>> best way to get started. The Debian Developers corner recommended
>>> joining a team and this one seems to be the most relevant to me.
>>>    I also am a *decent* MySQL/Postgresql, Python and Javascript
>>> programmer. I really just want to get started helping out Debian and
>>> learn along the way. Thanks guys!
>> --
>> Ondřej Surý <ondrej at sury.org>
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