Patch Pilot Programme starts today

Daniel Holbach daniel.holbach at
Mon Nov 22 10:01:18 GMT 2010

Hello everybody,

we all know how important code review is for Ubuntu. It's not only about
spotting mistakes, but also about teaching new contributors how things
are done. There's always been busier times when we fell back in terms of
code review and times where we did better.

At UDS we discussed this fairly extensively and decided we want to make
code review a more central activity of Ubuntu development. We'd like to
borrow an idea from the Bazaar team: the patch pilot programme [1].

Patch pilots essentially make themselves available in #ubuntu-devel, add
their names to the topic and spend their time helping patches "come
through congested waters safely in to harbor". The goal is not
necessarily to do the upload, but help as good as they can to get the
patch right and into a state where all conventions are followed.

Important points are:

 * thank the person for their work and time, make them feel welcome
 * help get it upstream
 * if you're unfamiliar with a certain package, review as good as you
   can and get the contributor in touch with somebody who knows more -
   establishing contacts is very helpful
 * communicate clearly what needs improvement
 * you can improve the patch yourself if you like, just be clear on
   what you do
 * if you notice things that should be improved in the review process
   or in the tools, please speak up

More help, review tips and everything else can be found at:

Patches and merge proposals can be picked up from:

Stats on how we are doing:

I'm incredibly happy to also let you know that Canonical made it a
requirement for Ubuntu Platform members that can do reviews to spend at
least 4 hours per month on being patch pilots.

You can see the schedule at

If you want to add yourself, please feel free to update the wiki schedule.

Have a great day,


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