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gpsd SUPPORT information
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GENERAL
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gpsd is developed and maintained by the open source community, and the
project does not formally offer support. Many people are usually
extremely helpful, particularly towards those people who have taken
the time to try to understand things and appear likely to contribute
to the community. This file explains how to ask for help.
(For those used to interacting with and contributing to open source
projects, note that this file is not attempting to say anything
radical or unusual.)
There is much documentation online at
https://gpsd.io/
and that documentation should be consulted before asking for help.
Details of gpsd support is described at
https://gpsd.io/faq.html#bug-reporting
The following link is very useful to give a sense of how to ask
questions:
http://www.catb.org/esr/faqs/smart-questions.html
gpsd has not adopted the policy implicit in the following link, but it
is an interesting discussion which may provide some insight into the
response to requests for help:
https://berthub.eu/articles/posts/anonymous-help/
ISSUE TRACKER
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The gpsd source control website is at
https://gitlab.com/gpsd/gpsd/
and contains an issue tracker.
Issues may be created when you believe that something is wrong in the
gpsd code, documentation, or website and can articulate why you
believe that. This is not meant to be a particularly high bar, but
asking questions in issues is not acceptable and "gpsd doesn't work"
is not acceptable. Feature requests are sometimes acceptable,
particularly when the feature is well thought out, appears
implementable, is likely to be of broad interest, and the request is
filed by someone with a history of participation in the community.
Issues may be created for the most recent formal release of gpsd, or
the current version of gpsd, the website or other project content.
(Quality bug reports with specific references to problem code still
present in the latest release are OK too.)
Issues that are not valid issues (not a bug, or lack of a reasonable
attempt to provide enough information) may be summarily closed.
USER MAILINGLIST
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The user mailinglist at
https://lists.gnu.org/mailman/listinfo/gpsd-users
is appropriate for questions about gpsd, after a reasonable attempt
has been made to answer the question by reading the documentation.
When posting to the user list, make sure to describe your question and
situation well (see the links above). Please realize that you are
asking for free help from strangers, rather than addressing your paid
consultant.
Generally, please update to at least the latest formal release before
asking for help, particularly if you are trying to do anything that is
not already known to work for everyone else. Almost no one on the
mailinglist has shown an interest in addressing issues in old
versions.
DEVELOPMENT MAILINGLIST
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The development mailinglist at
https://lists.gnu.org/mailman/listinfo/gpsd-dev
is appropriate for technical discussion about what changes should be
made to gpsd. Questions about how to do things with gpsd are
inappropriate on this list. (If you aren't reading the code, this
list is likely not for you.)
PRIVATE MAIL TO MAINTAINERS
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A quick perusal of the lists will make it clear who is maintaining
gpsd and contributing changes. Do not send private mail to these
individuals asking for help. Ask your questions in public, and expect
the conversation will remain public, so that others can help you, and
that the conversation will be of benefit to the whole community.
If you need technical help in private, then you need a consultant, not
free help from the project.
It is acceptable to send private email when disclosing a security
issue.
LONG TERM STABLE PACKAGING
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Note that there are a variety of distributions and packaging systems
that contain gpsd. Some of these are kept relatively up to date, and
some intentionally snapshot software at some point in time and then
only apply security patches, sometimes for five years. These are
typically called "long term stable" or "LTS", and are aimed at users
who wish to avoid ABI or feature changes and only get bug reports.
Occasionally, a user has appeared on the mailinglist expecting support
for an old version because it is contained in some LTS operating
system they have chosen to run. The gpsd project lacks the resources
to provide help about old versions, and support requests for old gpsd
versions in LTS operating systems should be directed at the LTS OS
supplier (or your paid consultant or support service).
A related issue is obtaining a modified version of gpsd from a GPS
chip vendor, leading to using old gpsd versions. The project
encourages improvements to gpsd to be contributed back for the benefit
of the greater gpsd community, and also to remove reasons for people
to use old versions. People using an old version from a vendor should
seek support from their vendor.