Test Project Support Guidelines
Test Project support is provided by users and developers in their spare time
- nobody is paid to do this. So it's important that you provide enough information in your support question to resolve your problem in an efficient way - hence these guidelines.
Do not email developers or project maintainer directly
Supporting Test Project takes hours every week for the maintainers. It takes around 15-30 minutes to answer a support question.
Answers given on the Support Requests
pages or on the Mailing List
can benefit 1000s of people in the future. And many experienced Test Project users help answering questions every day.
Private emails only help one person.
Project maintainers and developers likes to help and support questions are normally answered within a few days.
'How do I do this?' questions
Questions about whether Test Project can do something are fine and don't need all the installation specifics (operating system, libraries etc.). However, please supply the Test Project version
you are using.
And if you are not using the latest version (currently 1.10) you should probably try that first.
'Something is not working' questions
For all other questions, which are where something is not working
, please read the rest of this page and supply full details.
Check for Known Issues
See the Frequently Asked Questions
and Bug Reports
Asking yourself the right questions
Any support request that just says "it's not working" is basically useless
- it doesn't help anyone understand exactly what is going on, which is an essential step to fixing your problem.
Some key questions to ask yourself are:
- What happens? Symptoms are good, but what are the exact error messages, in console and the system error logs?
- When does the problem happen? What were you doing? Does it happen on all the time?
- Did you just change your Test Project setup, e.g. activating new feature, adding new hardware, upgrading your kernel or changing the Test Project config file?
Please provide at least
the following information - additional detail is welcome where relevant.
Test Project version info
- Test Project Version. And if your version is not the latest - please try this first! Your problem may have been solved. It can also be that a newer version does not work but an older does. Then it is important to know also the old version number.
- Version of your kernel and if you customized it.
Shared Libraries Info
- Version of all relevant libraries
- Any output in the syslog (typically /var/log/messages)
- Any output to the console. Try in non-daemon mode to get more output
- The entire output from running
You can attach files to the question.