Random Bugs and Testing RCs

At the PHP UK Conference Rasmus mentioned that he wants more people contributing to PHP. There are plenty of ways how you can do that.

The first one is testing release candidates RCs of PHP releases. You can do a very basic test by running "make test" after compiling PHP, but it's even a lot more important to test your own code with the RCs. This often catches more things as the PHP Development Team doesn't quite know how everybody uses PHP. It's a little bit late in the game now for PHP 5.4, but head over to http://qa.php.net/rc.php for a quick intro and a link to where to download the RC8. PHP 5.4.0 is not released yet, so testing the RC is still very valuable. Hurry up though, as this is most likely the last RC for 5.4.0! Also, you are not allowed to complain about PHP 5.4 breaking stuff unless you've tested RCs :-)

The second thing that Rasmus brought up is a new feature on http://bugs.php.net It's modelled like the "random cute cat picture" features that sites like http://cuteoverload.com use for giving you a random cat picture. Except that we don't show cute cats, but a random PHP bug. If you have a few spare minutes go hit http://bugs.php.net/random until there is either an unconfirmed bug report that needs triage, or perhaps you can just fix it because you're a C wizzard. This is hopefully a better time waster than random cute cats.

Oh, yeah, go test the PHP 5.4.0 RC! 🐱

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As a long-time PHP user, but novice C coder.....I'm unsure how I could assist on bugs.php.net.

Are you suggesting that, in the least, I could attempt to repro bugs -- and then vote aka. "Have you experienced this issue?".

@Ken: Absolutely. Try out if you can reproduce it. If so, add a comment, and possibly as much information extra that you found. If you can't, ask for more information from that user.

How can I run tests when using the precompiled (Debian/dotdeb) PHP package?

@Simon: I'm not sure how to do that either (I'm using a precompiled Win32 build), and qa.php.net seems to only have instructions for building tests from source. Maybe it's not possible at this point for precompiled releases?

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