|Submit PBI Requests|
Is an application that you need not currently available as a PBI? Making a PBI request is an excellent way to let PBI developers know which applications are most useful to PC-BSD users. Before requesting a PBI, please do the following:
- check in AppCafe™ to see if a PBI already exists. If one does but you want to request a more recent version, please wait a few days as PBIs are automatically rebuilt and tested when the underlying port changes. If the new version does not appear, it is possible that there is a problem with the new version that is preventing a successful build.
- search at Freshports to see if there is an existing FreeBSD port. If a port does not already exist, you want to generate a [port request] instead
- check to see if a request has already been made in the PBI Requests Forum.
To make your request, start a new thread in the PBI Requests Forum. If this is your first forum post, you will need to use the Register hyperlink to create a username and password so you can login to make your request.
NOTE: you don't need to login to read the content in the PC-BSD forums; you do have to login in order to start a new thread or respond to an existing one.
Once you have submitted your request, click the Thread Tools link -> Subscribe to this Thread -> and select your Notification Type so that you can be notified of any responses to your request. If you would like to receive notifications about all of the PBI requests in this forum, click Forum Tools -> Subscribe to this Forum while in the forum.
When creating a new forum thread, include the name of the PBI you are requesting in the thread name. That way it is easy for PBI developers and other PC-BSD users to know which applications have been requested.
People who create PBIs are subscribed to both the PBI Requests forum. Usually, someone will respond to a request within a few days either indicating that they are working on creating the PBI or with an explanation if creating a PBI will be problematic. The PBI process is as follows:
1. A user requests a PBI.
2. Someone responds to the request and creates a PBI module.
3. The PBI module is sent to the pbi-dev mailing list so it can be added to the PBI build server.
4. The PBI module is built on the PBI build server.
5. Once the PBI is built, PBI testers test for basic functionality such as verifying that the application starts and its menus appear to be present and working.
6. Once the PBI is tested, the PBI is uploaded to PBIDir so it can be available in AppCafe™.
7. Once the PBI is uploaded, the PBI request is moved from the PBI Requests Forum to the Finished PBIs forum.
Please note that it takes at least 2-7 days for a new PBI to go from step 3 to step 7 as it needs to be fully tested. If there is a delay, that usually means that a problem was found in the PBI and that the testers are trying to resolve the problem.
The next section explains how you can assist in the PBI testing process.
If you wish to be notified whenever a new PBI is added or an existing one is upgraded to a newer version, subscribe to the Latest PBI RSS feed.