This is a mailing list where developers can contribute to nixpkgs without needing to go through GitHub, or requiring a GitHub account.
View the mailing list here: nixpkgs-dev
How does it work
Submit a patch to nixpkgs using
git send-email, see git-send-email.io for instructions.
Reviews are handled through regular email replies. Once patches are accepted on the mailing list, a maintainer will open a PR on GitHub on behalf of the original author.
Sending patches over email has some advantages over web-based submissions like GitHub:
- works with many different email clients and tools
- doesn't require lots of bandwidth, or any persistent connection
- allows for PGP signing of messages (you can't sign GitHub comments)
- more open tooling
- doesn't rely on any central authority
And besides, not everyone uses GitHub, or likes to use GitHub. This mailing list is a alternative for those cases.