If you want to become the new lead maintainer of a package that
is marked as unmaintained on the PEAR
website, the following section will explain to you the
necessary steps for this to happen.
The first thing is to inform the PEAR Quality Assurance mailing
list about your intention. If you have not been
involved in PEAR prior to that, it is a good idea to write a few
words about you and your motivations.
The QA team will then state whether you can take over the
package or not, eventually explaining why. You can then apply for an account for
the PEAR website unless you already have one. The PEAR Group
will have to grant this account, and afterwards the QA team will
assign you as the new lead maintainer for the package.
If the sources of the package are kept in the PHP CVS
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 PEAR QA team has told you to get an
account, so that your request can be processed faster. CVS
accounts are managed by the PHP Group, so PEAR unfortunately has
only limited influence on this process.
In case you already have a CVS account for
cvs.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 PEAR
Group. (Please also mention in this mail that you
have already talked to the QA team.)
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 QA mailing list for