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Bug 51043 - A place to see which Gentoo projects need help, which packages are orphaned etc.
Summary: A place to see which Gentoo projects need help, which packages are orphaned etc.
Alias: None
Product: Gentoo Linux
Classification: Unclassified
Component: [OLD] Unspecified (show other bugs)
Hardware: All All
: High normal (vote)
Assignee: Kurt Lieber (RETIRED)
Depends on:
Reported: 2004-05-14 06:25 UTC by tklauser
Modified: 2007-07-07 16:27 UTC (History)
4 users (show)

See Also:
Package list:
Runtime testing required: ---

Conecpt draft (comments, additions are welcome) (draft-01.txt,2.42 KB, text/plain)
2004-06-07 06:37 UTC, tklauser

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Description tklauser 2004-05-14 06:25:52 UTC
Hi there

A thing I miss is a site where you can see which packages, projects etc. need help or which packages are orphaned (Somthing like Debians WNPP 

Like that, it would be much easier for users, which want to help developing Gentoo (like me) to have a starting point, join and do something useful for the project.
Comment 1 Stefan Sperling 2004-05-14 08:27:10 UTC
That's a very good idea.
Comment 2 Seemant Kulleen (RETIRED) gentoo-dev 2004-05-16 21:52:13 UTC
I'd really like to see smething like this, actually
Comment 3 Kurt Lieber (RETIRED) gentoo-dev 2004-05-17 04:28:18 UTC
If someone is willing to maintain it (including the initial setup) I'm willing to find a place for it to live on
Comment 4 Stefan Sperling 2004-05-19 15:57:27 UTC
I'd be willing to participate. I don't know anything about the internals of the gentoo website, nor how and where to collect the data needed for an "orphaned ebuilds database". [I wrote a script once that would look into the metadata.xml of all ebuilds in portage, checking for the <maintainer> field... a lot of packages did not have it. So I reckon the <maintainer> field is not that reliable... any thoughts?]

I could do some coding (php, cgi, whatever...). But I could not do the whole thing on my own, plus I am rather bad at creating fancy layouts and icons.
I guess we could use some material from the package database.
Anyone who has experience in making webpages for gentoo willing to join?
Comment 5 tklauser 2004-05-20 03:29:52 UTC
Maybe this could be just realized with the Bug Database (like the Debian people do). We could create some guidelines of what a report for an orphaned package, a help request etc. should look like. With this system there wouldn't be redundancy between two systems (as it would be, if we create a new database/application)

But maybe a standalone application would be a bit more comfortable. I'm also willing to help creating such an applicaiton, but we should ask the developers first, what they do like most.

It's also possible to have somthing like a wiki, where developers can write in their requests for help, takeover etc.

Let me know, what you like most or if you have other ideas
Comment 6 Stefan Sperling 2004-05-23 17:10:24 UTC
I have started a thread in the forum. Let's discuss the issue there.
I hope to draw more attention this way.
Comment 7 tklauser 2004-06-07 06:36:12 UTC
No work on this for a while (in the forum neither)

I worked out a concept draft which I attached to the bug report. Feel free to add any comments or additions.

Hopefully we get some new energy into this. 
Comment 8 tklauser 2004-06-07 06:37:01 UTC
Created attachment 32856 [details]
Conecpt draft (comments, additions are welcome)
Comment 9 Stefan Sperling 2004-06-07 09:55:08 UTC
Very well done. I don't see anything wrong with your proposal.

Someone should file this as a glep on
I don't have much time myself to file a glep this week though because of uni and
work. Plus the WOS3 is on this week here in Berlin ( 
and I volunteered as a helper. So I have a pretty tight schedule...
Comment 10 Stefan Sperling 2004-06-07 09:56:30 UTC
That should have been
Comment 11 Andrei Slavoiu 2005-09-01 14:09:04 UTC
A good place to start would be the list of bugs assigned to This is allready verry similar with what you 
want. I don't know how up to date it is... You can get that list using this 
Bugzilla query: 
Comment 12 Jakub Moc (RETIRED) gentoo-dev 2007-07-07 16:27:59 UTC
So, folks.. if the following doesn't quite fit your request, then please move further suggestions to gentoo-dev mailing list. (bugs for packages that lack maintainer).

Closing this dead bug, thanks everyone.