[arch-dev-public] [arch-commits] CVS update of extra/science/plotutils (PKGBUILD)

Damir Perisa damir.perisa at solnet.ch
Fri Oct 12 22:25:59 EDT 2007

Saturday 13 October 2007, Dan McGee wrote:
 | I feel like packages like this belong in community or
 | unsupported, not extra.

plotutils is now a dependency to pstoedit (libplot link we had not in 
the pkg was also making other pkgs like inkscape having trouble with 
some functionabilities), which is in extra, so i had to move 
plotutils to extra as well. because x-repo depends are hierarchial 
and extra is higher (more official) than community.

on your subject: to a certain extend, i agree: we should not add just 
anything to official repos just because somebody is here now to 
maintain it. however, if a pkg is an active project (not a pain to 
maintain) and has a value (dont ask me how to measure this - 
archstats were once a way - no idea what happened with this project) 
i.e. is used by some archers and some devs, then there should be no 
problem in adding it to extra. 
i'm less for restricting the addition of a pkg to extra but more to 
the aspect of strict maintainence. 

about the link to the cleanup of repos you mentioned: extra has 
orphans that are old and unmaintained mainly because earlier, before 
any community repo or TU repos or AUR, extra was the only place to 
put things to... old times gone by, we grew but still there are some 
games and some other things around that are "archaic"... and of 
course because maintainers added them who left or focused on 
something else now, they stayed. this is a one-time effect we see 
now... because now, since some time now, we have community. we are 
able to move things from community to official and back if needed - 
thats how it should work.

good night, sleep well,

- D

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