I am the current maintainer of the AUR package
ttf-google-webfonts-hg, and I'm bothered by the mess of various
packages there are for Google's Web Fonts project. It's not at all
KISS in its current state.
There are currently four different AUR packages that
essentially supply the same files, and all four packages conflict with
each other. Around August of 2012, the package named
ttf-google-webfonts was orphaned, and user w0ng created a GitHub
repository that mirrors the Mercurial repository on Google Code
(why?). Then, the new maintainer changed the original
ttf-google-webfonts package from a VCS-type package that simply lacked
"-hg" in the name to a package that pulls tarballs from w0ng's GitHub
As you can see in the comments for ttf-google-webfonts, this has
caused all sorts of confusion and messages about the package being
out-of-date or having invalid checksums. To get around these issues,
user epinephrine created the package ttf-google-webfonts-git that
clones w0ng's GitHub repo instead of pulling tarballs from it,
which significantly reduces the maintenance required on the package.
Then, user Gently created a package named
ttf-google-webfonts-distilled that pulls a tarball from w0ng's
GitHub repo and only installs a small subset of the fonts therein.
Shortly after ttf-google-webfonts was changed from being a
Mercurial-based package and not liking the direction that the package
was taking, I reuploaded the original ttf-google-webfonts package as
ttf-google-webfonts-hg for people that simply wanted the old
package back that uses the actual Google Web Fonts repository to
download the files.
To clean up this mess, I propose that ttf-google-webfonts-distilled
and ttf-google-webfonts-git be deleted outright, for what should be
obvious reasons. I also propose that ttf-google-webfonts be deleted
because of how frequently the Web Fonts project is updated and because
the project lacks version numbers. If people really feel strongly
about keeping that maintenance nightmare, then let them have it, but I
really don't see what advantage it provides over the original
ttf-google-webfonts-hg other than one less makedepends.
I apologize for the huge email, but this situation really is a mess.
There are 2 packages for the Copy.com client software package:
copy - https://aur.archlinux.org/packages/copy/
copy-agent - https://aur.archlinux.org/packages/copy-agent/
I think both have PKGBUILD problems, from dependencies (the Copy.com
software uses Qt4, not Gtk, for instance) to poorly formed PKGBUILDs
(one has just a package() method and one has just a build() method).
I'm not really sure how this should be resolved, mostly because I
wouldn't pick one over the other right now.
Any one with more PKGBUILD confidence want to step in?
Also, if you're interested, sign up with this link and we both get an
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I'm disowning sage-mathematics, sage-mathematics-spkgs(optdepends for
sage-mathematics), fityk, and xylib(dependency for fityk).
I will move them to the aur in a week if no TU adopts them in community.
If you plan on adopting sage-mathematics, you should know that it is
currently unbuildable on archlinux, and some other newer distros due
to how it is built.
It is currently out of date, and you wont be able to update it without
http://trac.sagemath.org/sage_trac/ticket/10572 (13 month old bug
without recent comments)
http://trac.sagemath.org/sage_trac/ticket/11391 (9 month old bug I
filed without a sign of activity)
If you plan on adopting fityk, note that it needs a development
version of wxwidgets which I statically build in the same PKGBUILD.