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For all of this, you might need to learn basics of Debian packaging. See [[[http://www.debian.org/devel/|this page]] and the packaging-tutorial package. For all of this, you might need to learn basics of Debian packaging. See [[http://www.debian.org/devel/|this page]] and the packaging-tutorial package.

The Debian/Ruby teams maintain the Ruby interpreters, libraries and applications. There are actually two different Ruby teams in Debian:

  • the pkg-ruby team, which maintains the interpreter
  • the pkg-ruby-extras team, which maintains libraries and applications

Both teams share some infrastructure, and have common members.

Most discussions happen on the debian-ruby mailing list. Discussions specific to pkg-ruby-extras also happen on the pkg-ruby-extras-maintainers list. You should be subscribed to both if you want to follow Ruby in Debian. We also use IRC (#debian-ruby on irc.debian.org) quite a lot.

pkg-ruby team (interpreters)

  • Packages are maintained in git using collab-maint. See PTS pages for ruby1.8 and ruby1.9.1.

How you can help ({*} indicates difficulty: {*}=easy, {*}{*}{*}=hard):

  • {*} Go through bugs, see if you can reproduce them and provide more information. Report them upstream when needed.

  • {*} Subscribe to the pkg-ruby packages (ruby1.8, ruby1.9.1, ruby-defaults) on the Packages Tracking System, and then contribute to the bug mail you get. (It is a good idea to also subscribe to bugmail from Ubuntu, see developers reference for details).

  • {*}{*} Checkout the Git repositories, see if you can provide a patch for some issues.

For all of this, you might need to learn basics of Debian packaging. See this page and the packaging-tutorial package.

pkg-ruby-extras team (libraries and applications)

How you can help:

  • {*} Subscribe to the lists, and start contributing to discussions.

  • {*} Improve documentation (that page, the ?/Ruby page, etc..

  • {*} Use the Packages overview to go through all existing bugs, and see if you can help with solving some of them.

  • {*}{*} Checkout the Git repository, and see if you can improve the existing packages. There are many things that can be improved!

Mid- and Long-term tasks

To learn about the recent stuff that happened in Debian/Ruby world, see this blog post.

Keep our packages bug-free and up-to-date

{*} Start from the packages overview mentioned above.

Finish the transition to gem2deb

{*} We are currently transitioning from a cdbs-based packaging tool to gem2deb, a modern dh-based tool. See /Packaging for details, and the transition status at http://pkg-ruby-extras.alioth.debian.org/wheezy/ and http://pkg-ruby-extras.alioth.debian.org/wheezy/details.html. Pick up a package tnat needs to be transitioned, and work on it.

Provide backports

{*} Provide backports for the key Ruby packages (interpreter, rubygems) for both Debian and Ubuntu stable releases.

Switch to 1.9 as default

{*}{*} Since we use alternatives, it is quite easy to switch to 1.9 as default. Switch to 1.9 as default using update-alternatives, and then report issues.

Package other Ruby interpreters

{*}{*}{*} It would be nice to make progress towards having the same support for Rubinius and JRuby.

  • For JRuby, it is in non-free (see http://packages.qa.debian.org/j/jruby.html) because of some dependencies. We can't depend on it if it stays non-free because it would make all ruby software part of contrib.

  • For Rubinius, there's an ITP (see #591817)

Generation of ri and rdoc documentation

{*}{*}{*} Currently we do not to generate the ri and rdoc documentation, as there are good online services providing it (like rdoc.info). We might change our mind later. :) Bonus points for solutions that do not require changing the existing packages.