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What is Alioth?

Alioth is broken, and there is nobody around to fix it. Don't ask the remaining people who give it life support to implement fixes and changes. There may eventually be replacements for some parts of it, but that is not now (2017-08). Please subscribe to debian-devel-announce for updates. is a Debian server running FusionForge (used to be GForge). It's much like sourceforge or savannah but it's a service for Debian Developers and all other kinds of contributors together.

Benefits of registering an account on Alioth

An Alioth account provides several benefits:



Debian members ask for a new project (others need their project sponsored by a Debian member) on Alioth but it will only be approved if it respects the project approval policy. Any free software project where a Debian Developer is involved is fine. Any packaging project (whose name MUST start with "pkg-") is fine.

Please check out Alioth/PackagingProject if you plan to use an alioth project to collaboratively maintain some packages.


Alioth has these administrators (IRC nick in parenthesis):

They can all approve projects and have full administrative rights on all project if needed. They also have root rights on the machine.

They can be contacted via If you encounter a problem with alioth, you can file a support request on the siteadmin project. Sometimes, when you need to prod an administrator to do something, you can join #alioth on (OFTC) ... they may help you.

Technical details

The machine hosting is running on It is also hosting,,,,, and Those services are tightly related to Alioth since all the user accounts and the groups are taken from FusionForge database. This means that you can only create VCS repositories for existing alioth projects and that any member of that project will have access to the corresponding public repository.

All VCS repositories can be automatically created by FusionForge: enable “Source code management (SCM)” in your project (this can be done in the “Admin” tab, click on “Edit public infos”), then go the “Admin“ page in the “SCM” tab and there you can choose the type of SCM wanted. The repository will be automatically created by a cron job some hours later.

Alioth uses a modified version of FusionForge, see Alioth/FAQ#src to grab the dedicated bzr branch. Feel free to send us patches that apply to this tree if you want to get something fixed in a more timely fashion.

How can I help?

We tend to have a big number of support requests, please help us deal with those. Sometimes it requires a change to FusionForge, sometimes it only requires explanations to the submitter, you'll surely find something to do over there.

Other questions

Before asking an admin, please read the Alioth/FAQ.

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