[CentOS-devel] How to help out for Centos 6

Kenneth Armstrong

digimars at gmail.com
Thu Jan 6 13:22:57 UTC 2011

I myself have been wanting to contribute and haven't found a good
clear "here's what you can do, step by step."  This is a good guide to
go by, if this is what it takes to give a helping hand.  I've been
pointed to the wiki a lot, but it is a bit too generic when it comes
to actually helping out with the OS core itself.

Thanks for this.

On Thu, Jan 6, 2011 at 3:05 AM, . <fp at kraptastic.com> wrote:
> Hello Centos-devel.
> As an outsider looking in, I have found that it is .. Not simple to find out
> what needs doing. I _think_ I am on the right track, but would like to be
> corrected if not. Here is what I have come up with from reading
> forums/mailing lists/irc. I hope someone can throw the below on the wiki
> somewhere appropriate once corrected. If I am way off, please let me know I
> would like to get started.
> How to help with Centos 6:
> Currently Centos 6 needs help re-branding RHEL6 as Centos 6. This is
> relatively easy to do if you know how to build RPMS, and make patch files.
> Step 1: Go here: http://wiki.centos.org/QaWiki/6/AuditStatus
> This is a list of what issues still need to be fixed.
> Step 2: Pick something that looks fun (and perhaps easy), and click the bug
> id ('bid' column)
> This will take you to the mantis bug tracker page.
> Step 3: *Optional* If you are pretty sure you can fix this problem and don't
> want someone else re-inventing the wheel with you, Signup for a new account
> with bugs.centos.org , and let people know you are going to work on this.
> Don't worry about doing this if you are not sure you can do it. If you want
> to just try, skip this step.
> Step 4: Find the package name
> The "Category" of the bug you picked should have a package name in it, this
> is the package we are going to need to download and fix. If my example
> category was:
> '[CentOS-6] xulrunner' then I would be patching the xulrunner package.
> Step 5: Download the package
> http://ftp.redhat.com/redhat/linux/enterprise/6Server/en/os/SRPMS/(mypackagename)-version-release.src.rpm
> ie:
> http://ftp.redhat.com/redhat/linux/enterprise/6Server/en/os/SRPMS/xulrunner-
> Step 6: Fix the package
> The issues should already be laid out for you in the description of the
> mantis bug tracker. Modify the files, and rebuild the RPM. Once you think
> you have fixed everything, create a patch file. Test your patch file on a
> fresh install.
> Need icons / images? Find them on a centos 5.x box.
> Do you have to do this from a RHEL6 beta installation? No you don't _have_
> to. We are after the patch, not your RPMS.
> Step 7: If you haven't created an account at bugs.centos.org, now is the
> time. Create an account and attach your patch file.
> Step 8: Give the nearest person a high-five and then go to Step 1.
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