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The how-can-i-help program hooks into APT to list opportunities for contributions to Debian (like orphaned packages, or bugs tagged 'newcomer') for packages installed locally, after each APT invocation. It can also be invoked directly, and then lists all opportunities for contribution (not just the new ones).


The how-can-i-help program is provided by the how-can-i-help package, which can be installed by the normal means.

Opportunities for contribution

Currently, how-can-i-help shows the following opportunities for contribution:

WNPP packages

There are different kinds of Work-Needing and Prospective Packages:

If you need more information about the process of how to go about adopting packages, please refer to the Packaging Tutorial.

'Newcomer' bugs

The newcomer tag indicates bugs that are suitable for folks who are new to the Debian community and are looking for ways to make a contribution.

how-can-i-help --old --show newcomer

list of bugs tagged newcomer, another list

newcomer tags can be set using this bts: bts tag 12345 + newcomer

For more information, see the longer description.

Bugs affecting Debian infrastructure

These list includes bugs tagged newcomer and affecting the part of the Debian infrastructure that uses pseudopackages to handle issues.

Packages removed or going to be removed from Debian testing

These are packages affected by RC bugs or other blockers (build failure, missing deps, etc), the maintainer might need help.

Need help?

TODO list