[arch-dev-public] Website updated- package maintainer changes

Dan McGee dpmcgee at gmail.com
Mon Mar 29 00:45:27 CEST 2010

On Sun, Mar 28, 2010 at 5:30 PM, Allan McRae <allan at archlinux.org> wrote:
> On 29/03/10 08:01, Dan McGee wrote:
>> Hey guys,
>> I just pushed a website update today that improves something everyone
>> has been clamoring for- package maintainers. The quick hits:
>> * Package maintainership is now by 'pkgbase'. If you "adopt" one
>> package, you become a maintainer for all packages with that same
>> pkgbase (including across all architectures). This also means when a
>> package is converted from arch-specific to arch-independent, you won't
>> have to re-adopt it.
>> * We will never lose package maintainer info if we lose packages and
>> they come back in a later processing of the DB. Eric will be glad to
>> hear this.
>> * Multiple maintainers are supported. See
>> http://www.archlinux.org/packages/extra/x86_64/thunderbird/ for an
>> example. All maintainers will get an email when the package is marked
>> out of date (if they are signed up to do so).
>> With all that said, the concept of package adoption is now not an
>> exclusive affair- multiple people can adopt packages and all be listed
>> as maintainers.
>> Let me (and the list) know if you have any questions.
> Thanks for doing this Dan.  These all are really useful improvements to the
> system.  It looks like it is time to do a package adoption push and get rid
> of some of the old and genuine orphans.

If someone would adopt the thunderbird language packs, that would wipe
36 packages off the orphan list. :)


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