how-can-i-help - show opportunities for contributing to Debian

Property Value
Distribution Debian 9 (Stretch)
Repository Debian Main i386
Package name how-can-i-help
Package version 15
Package architecture all
Package type deb
Installed size 37 B
Download size 11.07 KB
Official Mirror
how-can-i-help hooks into APT to list opportunities for contributions to
Debian (orphaned packages, 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).


Package Version Architecture Repository
how-can-i-help_15_all.deb 15 all Debian Main
how-can-i-help - - -


Name Value
ruby >= 1:1.9.3
ruby-debian >= 0.3.8~
ruby-json >= 1.7.3-3


Type URL
Binary Package how-can-i-help_15_all.deb
Source Package how-can-i-help

Install Howto

  1. Update the package index:
    # sudo apt-get update
  2. Install how-can-i-help deb package:
    # sudo apt-get install how-can-i-help




2017-01-24 - Tomasz Nitecki <>
how-can-i-help (15) unstable; urgency=medium
[ Nicolas Braud-Santoni ]
* Use a stable sort order. Closes: #835653
* Use the sort_by idiom where needed, for clarity and consistency
[ Paul Wise ]
* Wrap and sort the Debian packaging
* Drop unneeded ${shlibs:Depends} variable
* Correct the dpkg filtering in the manual page
[ Daniel Shahaf ]
* Fix typo in manual page command
* Add support for 'help' tag. Closes: #825349
[ Tomasz Nitecki ]
* Clarified title of a section displaying package bugs tagged
'newcomer'. Closes: #842353
* Gracefully handle SIGPIPE. Closes: #845265
2016-05-17 - Tomasz Nitecki <>
how-can-i-help (14) unstable; urgency=medium
[ Paul Wise ]
* Exit with an error for download errors, actually Closes: #823193
[ Tomasz Nitecki ]
* Minor changelog adjustment (unnecessary dot removed).
2016-05-10 - Tomasz Nitecki <>
how-can-i-help (13) unstable; urgency=medium
[ Paul Wise ]
* Replace gift in the package description with newcomer
[ Tomasz Nitecki ]
* Added an option to define exit code handling. Closes: #823193
* Bumped Standards-Version to 3.9.8 (no changes required).
* Minor code cleanup.
2016-03-04 - Tomasz Nitecki <>
how-can-i-help (12) unstable; urgency=medium
[ Lucas Nussbaum ]
* Defend against invalid encoding in package descriptions (in the output of
dpkg -l). We only care about the first two columns anyway. Closes: #791515
[ Tomasz Nitecki ]
* Sort bug numbers for RC bugs. Closes: #810757
* Added an option to output data in JSON format. Closes: #794238
* Double quotes replaced with single quotes where applicable.
* Updated manpages (added --json flag description).
* Updated copyright statements.
* debian/compat, debian/control: Bumped compat level to 9.
* debian/control: Bumped Standards-Version to 3.9.7 (no changes required).
* debian/control: Switched Vcs-* fields to https.
2015-06-02 - Tomasz Nitecki <>
how-can-i-help (11) unstable; urgency=high
* Allow hcih to download data through https. Closes: #787471
Patch from Stephen Kitt <>
2014-12-01 - Tomasz Nitecki <>
how-can-i-help (10) unstable; urgency=medium
[ Tomasz Nitecki ]
* Added support for 'newcomer' tag. Closes: #769640
- Added support for 'newcomer' option
- Updated manual and help
- Added 'gift' tag depreciation warning
[ Lucas Nussbaum ]
* Fix a few typos in the manpage.
+ Re-generated the manpage from ascii. The generated format changed
slightly, causing a rather huge diff.
2014-10-25 - Tomasz Nitecki <>
how-can-i-help (9) unstable; urgency=medium
[ Lucas Nussbaum ]
* Step down from the Maintainer role and add Tomasz. He has been doing all
the great work lately anyway.
[ Tomasz Nitecki ]
* Bump standards version to 3.9.6 (no changes required).
* Added an option to show pseudo-packages tagged as 'gift'.
Pseudo-packages tagged as 'gift' will appear in a new 'infrastructure'
section, regardless of the fact if they are installed or not. They can
be hidden using 'ignore' file. Thanks to Laura Arjona Reina for the idea!
2014-10-18 - Tomasz Nitecki <>
how-can-i-help (8) unstable; urgency=medium
[ Tomasz Nitecki ]
* how-can-i-help can be configured to show only specific types of
opportunities. Closes: #742245
* Updated manpage and --help output.
* Added two more links to 'see also' section.
[ Paul Wise ]
* Use https instead of http where possible.
2014-08-29 - Tomasz Nitecki <>
how-can-i-help (7) unstable; urgency=medium
* Minor update to a TODO file.
* Gracefully exit when there is a problem with $HOME. Closes: #746780
* Reported links use https instead of http. Closes: #755425
* how-can-i-help will now use tracker.d.o instead of old PTS interface.
Closes: #756834
* how-can-i-help will always exit with a return code 0. Closes: #747490

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