There are numerous ways to support the PEAR project, that are described
in this part of the guide.
There is a chapter devoted to reporting and fixing bugs in the
"Reporting Bugs" section of the manual, found
If you have a feature you would like to see included in a package,
don't hesitate to contact the maintainer of the package. You can
find out who the maintainer of a package is by browsing the
on the PEAR website and selecting the desired package. The
maintainer(s) is/are listed on the package information page.
If a developer has given up the maintainership of his package, you
can take over this job. If you feel brave enough to answer support
questions, fix bugs and manage release cycles, you can contact the
previous maintainer or the
PEAR developers mailing list
and announce your will to maintain the package.
For all the PEAR developers, PEAR is a project they are working
on in their free-time, which means that they don't earn any money
with it. If you or the company you are working for is using a
PEAR package in one of your/their (commercial) products, you/they can
do this for free, of course. But if you think that the author of
the package you are using desires some credits, it would be nice
to buy something from his wishlist at
Amazon or another
internet store. To see if a PEAR developer has registered his
wishlist, surf to the
page and select the developer from the list there. If he
has a wishlist, it's noted somewhere on the detail page.