PEAR and PEAR2 calls its developers
classifies maintainers by their level of contribution to a package, or
role. In addition, each maintainer must choose a
handle which can be used to refer
to them in package.xml and in bug reports. A handle is an alphanumeric
word with all lower-cased letters such as
tony2001. If you are developing for pear.php.net,
pear2.php.net or pecl.php.net, this handle is the account name you use
to log into the website.
Developer roles are
helper. Only lead
maintainers have the permission to release a package. Both lead and
developer maintainers may create and modify package roadmaps, and
all developers can directly log into pear.php.net and change the status of
bugs for the packages that they maintain.
For channels outside of pear.php.net, pecl.php.net, and pear2.php.net, these handles are still required, and have no special meaning beyond what the channel defines them to be. However, both the Pyrus simple channel server and other external channel server implementations require the lead developer of a package to perform releases.