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4 Exim is an open-source project licensed under the GNU General Public License.
5 At time of writing, all the developers work on Exim on a volunteer basis.
6 We welcome patches and contributions. There is no copyright assignment
7 policy; if you offer a patch, it is assumed to be under the GPL, of whichever
8 version the main developers see fit to use.
10 Mistakes or inadequacies in the documentation are treated as bugs. The main
11 documentation is called "The Exim Specification" for a reason. So if you
12 can't code there are still places where your help will be very appreciated.
14 General discussion, requests for help, and initial "is this a bug?" questions
15 go to <exim-users@exim.org>. Many suspected bugs turn out to not be bugs, so
16 asking first is appreciated.
18 Our main website is at http://www.exim.org/ and contains links to our wiki,
19 where many frequent setups are walked through. You will also find our
20 bug-tracking system linked there.
22 Development takes place in part on exim-users, when bugs or missing features
23 are spotted based on feedback from people actually using the product. In
24 large part, discussion takes place on <exim-dev@exim.org>. While you can use
25 the bug-tracking system, everyone working on Exim, a mail transfer agent, is
26 comfortable dealing with just email too, so you can use whichever you're most
27 comfortable with.
29 If you have an idea for a new feature, please do raise it on exim-users first.
31 Our code is maintained in a Git repository. The master repository, together
32 with some others, can be found on http://git.exim.org/ and we welcome patches,
33 whether of documentation or of code. If you have a request for a new feature
34 and can accompany it with working code, then it stands a much greater chance
35 of being incorporated in a timely manner.
37 If you're planning on working on a major new feature or redesign, please do
38 talk to us first.
40 We do not have a formal code-review process, but posted patches are subject to
41 being reworked before being pulled in, or requests for modification made;
42 we're a small enough pool of developers that we rely on the good judgement and
43 discretion of the committer rather than formal process.
45 We prefer new features to be accompanied by documentation patches, but if no
46 new documentation is provided, we can write it and, in the process, perhaps
47 uncover issues to work over with you. Note that the PDF form of the
48 documentation is faster to build than the TXT form.
50 We do have a test harness and appreciate it if new features can be accompanied
51 by new tests; if this is awkward for you, please do include sufficient
52 description to allow someone else to write the test.
55 -The Exim Maintainers
56 July 7th, 2010