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out-of-date or having invalid checksums.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
extra 5gb(!) of cloud storage on copy.com:
Jonathan Arnold Webstream: http://hieronymus.soup.io
Talent wins games, but team work and intelligence wins championships.
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.
six weeks ago, i asked for advise how to deal with the
outdated AUR package of my program xorriso, which overwrites
the executables of the properly maintained package
On advise of this list, i later posted comments to
which received no reply and did not cause any activity.
A month ago i wrote to the published mail address of the
maintainer "dreieck". No reaction since then.
What can i do to instigate the resolution of this mess ?
Meanwhile the AUR package "xorriso" overwrites the current
"libisoburn" version xorriso-1.3.2 by a xorriso version,
which is three releases and 8 months older. Between both
releases there happened 13 bug fixes.
Have a nice day :)
acpi_call-git's PKGBUILD  is currently broken, as it uses a patch
that is not necessary for long time now. This was commented, but the
maintainer doesn't fixed nor replied about. Please disown it, so I can
I like Arch (and its philosophy) and I'd like to contribute to the development
of our community. So, according to above, I'd like to become a Trusted User.
And here is some information about me.
My name is Evgeniy Alekseev and I'm a PhD student. I'm working in Moscow State
University (yep, I'm from Russia =)). My speciality is theoretical and quantum
chemistry. At leisure I write small applications on C, C++ and Python (and
some application scripts on Shell), link to the github profile may be found
below . In order not to seem like a bearded nerd sometimes I listen music
and read Robert Jordan's or George R.R. Martin's books (or other similar). =)
In the global Internet (including bbs, bugtrackers, freenode, github) I have
usually nickname "arcan1s".
About my contribution.
Unfortunately, I didn't contribute to the development of the Linux community
(I didn't commit to kernel repo for example), but I wrote (and writing now)
some applications with GPL license, that may be useful for somebody. In some
open-source projects I reported bugs (kate-cpp-helper-plugin for example) or
even suggested the solution (qmmp-qsmmp). I rarely report bugs, because it is
usually difficult to understand is this a bug or a feature. Sometimes (because
I'm a little shy) I write in our bugtracker or in mailing lists/IRC channel.
I'm maintaining several packages in AUR that may be found on the link below
. As you may see, some of this packages is my applications. For some others
(such as scidavis, qscite) I wrote patches for correct build.
About my Application.
I asked Sergej Pupykin if he could be my sponsor and he agreed to do so. I
have two laptop with Arch (both are x86-64, but I may install to one i686
system). And on one of those (that used as workstation) I'm actively using
testing repo and have a lot of packages installed from AUR.
According to list of packages that I'm maintaining (and according to the idea
that users should support only those packages that they use) I'd like to
maintain scientific applications (mathematics, physics, chemistry, some of
biology), KDE-based and some of Qt-based applications.
 Github (have "pkgbuild" repo): https://github.com/arcan1s?tab=repositories
 AUR: https://aur.archlinux.org/packages/?SeB=m&K=arcanis
С уважением, Е.Алексеев.
Sincerely yours, E.Alekseev.
On 09/13/2013 09:57 Bartlomiej Piotrowski wrote:
On 09/12/2013 06:56 PM, Sir Lucjan wrote:
> I would like to adpot three packages:
> - linux-bfs
> - nvidia-bfs
> - virtualbox-modules-bfs
> could someone mark the packages as orphaned?
> Have you tried to contact with the maintainer first?
> Bart?omiej Piotrowski
I emailed JokerBoy but have not received a reply.