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Taking over an unmaintained package

If you want to become the new lead maintainer of a package that is marked as unmaintained on the PECL website, the following section will explain to you the necessary steps for this to happen.

  1. The first thing is to inform the PECL Developers mailing list about your intention. If you have not been involved in PECL previously, it is a good idea to write a few words about you and your motivations.

    Providing patches and tests may also help

  2. The PECL admins will then state whether you can take over the package or not along with an explanation of the decision. You can then apply for an account for the PECL website unless you already have one. The PECL admins will have to grant your account request and afterwards they will assign you as the new lead maintainer for the package.

  3. If the sources of the package are kept in the PHP git repository, you will also need an account for this. You can sign up for it on the PHP website. Please mention in the purpose field of the request form that the PECL admins have told you to get an account, so that your request can be processed faster. git accounts are managed by the PHP Group, so PECL unfortunately has only limited influence on this proces

    Note: If you already have a git account for git.php.net, it is only necessary for you to get additional "karma" for the module where the package resides. You can request this karma by sending an email to the PECL Developers list or simply tell us your account name during the request phase.

  4. If everything has worked out well, you should by now be the lead maintainer of the previously unmaintained package. If not, don't hesitate to ask the people on the PECL Developers mailing list for help.

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