Re: How can a non-DD join/help the debian-perl group?
On Tue, Sep 15, 2009 at 2:01 PM, gregor herrmann <email@example.com> wrote:
> On Tue, 15 Sep 2009 14:22:48 +0200, Jeremiah Foster wrote:
>> On Sep 15, 2009, at 8:21, Dusty Wilson [Megagram] wrote:
> Welcome also from me!
Thank you, Gregor! (and Damyan for adding me, and Jeremiah for his
valuable info as well) I really appreciate the welcoming people in
>> >I'm not a DD. What does it take to begin helping out with random
>> >tasks in the Debian Perl group?
>> The first big step is your email that you sent, the second is
>> lurking on the IRC channel - you'll see the various repository bots
>> posting commits from the svn repo and you'll get an idea of what is
>> being done and how people do it. Look at the Package Entropy Tracker
>> as well: http://pkg-perl.alioth.debian.org/cgi-bin/pet.cgi
I've seen PET and am happy that it exists. How do I know if someone
is taking on a task already? I don't want to step on anyone's feet or
make duplicate work if I can help it.
> Ack, PET is indeed our centre for coordination, and might also answer
> a bit the question what you can do in practice:
> - if you enjoy tracking down nasty bugs start at the top and look at
> the release-critical bugs
Aye, I do enjoy fixing bugs. Fixing RC bugs would feel very good to me.
> - if you like to do general package maintainance you can help with
> upgrading the packages that have a newer upstream release available
> - the section "with bugs" closer to the bottom could also use some
> eyeballs - probably quite a few bugs need more triaging (do the
> bugs still apply? does upstream / the CPAN RT know about them?)
> than heavy coding
> - and of course new packages are possible too :)
I'd love to package a bunch of modules that are on the CPAN (and I use
frequently) but are not found in the repository yet.
> The various docs at http://pkg-perl.alioth.debian.org/ should explain
> most of the techicalities (from our subversion use till our policy
> for various aspects of packages), and always feel free to ask on the
> list or on IRC.
I will go over the documents and lurk a bit before I do any work. I'd
like to get a feel for how things are done before I do them. I'm
subscribed to this list as well as the pkg-perl-maintainers list. I
also plan to lurk around the IRC channel for awhile as well.
>> >I've been writing in Perl since sometime around 1996. I've created
>> >several modules on the CPAN .
> This experience will come in very handy for our team, thanks for
Thanks for having me! I'm sure to enjoy the work and the group.