This guide explains how to submit ebuild packages through the Bugzilla tracking system.
Create A Bugzilla Account
Point your web browser to https://bugs.gentoo.org/. This is the URL for the Bugzilla bug tracking database. In the list of links, one of the items reads "Open a new Bugzilla account". If you have not done so already (e.g. for submitting a bug), click on this link and create a new account.
Don't Submit CPAN Ebuilds
Portage provides a tool called
g-cpan.pl which installs a given CPAN module on your Gentoo system using Portage, storing the necessary information (such as dependencies, provided files, etc.) in the Portage database, just like it would when you install an ebuild. It is therefore not needed (nor recommended) to submit CPAN ebuilds.
For more information on
g-cpan.pl, please consult its man page.
Submitting an ebuild
Create a new bug
At the bottom of the main page or login page, there is a yellow box. Choose the
New - Expert link. Or, you can just go to the URL https://bugs.gentoo.org/enter_bug.cgi. Either will bring you to the
Enter Bug page.
Bugzilla can track multiple products. For example, in Gentoo, other products may include documentation or tools used to administrate the website. From the list of products, Ebuilds should always be submitted to
Clicking on the
Gentoo Linux product should bring up a new bug entry form.
Completing the bug form
The first field on the form is
version. If you know which version your package belongs in, set it here. Otherwise, select
unspecified. Next, set the component. All ebuild scripts are of the component type
Priority do not need to be set for ebuilds.
Severity field should be set to
Assigned To field blank. If you haven't changed Bugzilla's mail settings, you, as a reporter, will automatically receive email on bug updates.
Fill in the
Summary field with a brief note of what package you are submitting and whether it's an update or a new submission. Something like the following is great:
foo-bar-x.y.z.ebuild (New Package) or
Description field should be filled in as completely as possible. Here's an example from bug #7:
Once the summary is complete, click
Attaching the Ebuild Script
submit on the
Enter Bug page, you will go to the
Posting Bug page. Take note of the bug number.
Toward the bottom of this page, there is a link to
Create a new attachment. Click on this link.
Select the file using the text entry box or the
Browse dialog. In the
Description field, type the name of the ebuild file, much the same as you did in the
Summary section of the last page.
Make sure that the content type is set to "text/plain", and that the radiobutton for
select from list is marked.
There are no other required fields on this form. Click
Submit and you are done!
In cases where you might submit multiple ebuilds, and some of them depend on others, it is very helpful if these dependencies are noted. Viewing the bug again should allow you to enter another note. Please add dependancy information here.
We would like to thank the following authors and editors for their contributions to this guide:
- Matt Butcher