How to get help#

If you need assistance with one of your contributions, there are a few places you can go for help.

For better efficiency and chances of success, you should try contacting individuals or groups with more specific knowledge first:

  • If your contribution is for a package in Nixpkgs, look for its maintainers in the maintainers attribute.

  • Check out if any teams are responsible for the relevant subsystem:

  • Look at the git log for the files you need help with, and take note of the email addresses of people who committed.

Once you’ve found the people you’re looking for, you can contact them via:

  • GitHub

    Mention the GitHub username found in the maintainers-list.nix file in issue or pull request descriptions, or comments.

  • Discourse

    Try the GitHub username found in the maintainers-list.nix file to mention or directly contact a specific user. Note that some people use a different username on Discourse.

  • Matrix

    Use the Matrix handle found in the maintainers-list.nix file. If no Matrix handle is present for a specific maintainer, try searching for them using their GitHub username, as most people tend to use the same one across channels.

  • Email

    Use email addresses found with git log.

If you haven’t found any specific users or groups that could help you with your contribution, you can resort to asking the community at large, using one of the following official communication channels: