[arch-dev-public] Let's use the Maintainer tag

Phil Dillon-Thiselton dibblethewrecker at gmail.com
Mon Sep 22 11:12:08 EDT 2008

2008/9/22 Aaron Griffin <aaronmgriffin at gmail.com>:
> As Eric pointed out, Pierre is talking about the maintainer of the
> PKGBUILD, not the builder of the package.
> Additionally, if parsing shell scripts is the issue here, why not add
> some new metainfo:
> maintainer="Aaron Griffin <aaronmgriffin at gmail.com>"

I think a new metainfo is a nice idea but it'd be cool if the devs
could additionally be allocated a unique ID that can be cross-reffed
to a dbase to avoid having to update the email manually/avoid having
an out of date email in an old file.

The first thing that springs to mind as an ID is the list of names on
http://www.archlinux.org/developers/ e.g.

maintainer=(AaronG DanM)

I'm thinking these could be nicely parsed out in/by the web interface
and linked up to hopefully up to date contact details.

A few caveats instantly spring to mind, such as this is only really
implementable for official pkgs and devs, but it can also provide nice
meta info for AUR pkgs.

> Seems ok to me. We could even start doing it right now, as makepkg
> will just ignore it for now

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