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Well, bugs or missing features are always possible, and I will make a point of fixing them in a timely fashion. The best way to report a bug is to use the Gnome bug tracking database (make sure to use the "libxml2" module name). I look at reports there regularly and it's good to have a reminder when a bug is still open. Be sure to specify that the bug is for the package libxml2.

There is also a mailing-list for libxml, with an on-line archive (old). To subscribe to this list, please visit the associated Web page and follow the instructions. Do not send code, I won't debug it (but patches are really appreciated!).

Check the following before posting:

  • Read the FAQ.
  • Make sure you are using a recent version, and that the problem still shows up in a recent version.
  • Check the list archives to see if the problem was reported already. In this case there is probably a fix available, similarly check the registered open bugs.
  • Make sure you can reproduce the bug with xmllint or one of the test programs found in source in the distribution.
  • Please send the command showing the error as well as the input (as an attachment)

Then send the bug with associated informations to reproduce it to the list; if it's really libxml related I will approve it.. Please do not send mail to me directly, it makes things really hard to track and in some cases I am not the best person to answer a given question. Ask the list instead.

Of course, bugs reported with a suggested patch for fixing them will probably be processed faster than those without.

If you're looking for help, a quick look at the list archive may actually provide the answer. I usually send source samples when answering libxml usage questions. The auto-generated documentation is not as polished as I would like (i need to learn more about DocBook), but it's a good starting point.

Daniel Veillard