[arch-dev-public] Fwd: The Final Cleanup

Pierre Schmitz pierre at archlinux.de
Sun Dec 8 11:48:08 EST 2013

Am 07.12.2013 14:06, schrieb Thomas Bächler:
> Am 06.12.2013 18:20, schrieb Alexander Rødseth:
>> * Arch Linux has vanilla packages, so we should try to avoid including
>> files that are hand-crafted by packagers
> If the files are needed, we include them. It's that simple.
>> * It clutters the repository
> One or two extra files per package is not a problem.
>> * Including .desktop files is basically the same as patching. And this
>> quote: "Patching only occurs in extremely rare cases, to prevent
>> severe breakage in the instance of version mismatches that may occur
>> within a rolling release model." from
>> https://wiki.archlinux.org/index.php/Arch_Linux
> That is nonsense. A .desktop file is a simple configuration file. We
> ship custom default configurations for our packages whenever necessary.
> More importantly, we should never compromise functionality for
> ideological or political reasons - for me, that is part of Arch's
> simplicity.
> In short, whenever upstream provides a correct .desktop file, we should
> use it. Otherwise, we should provide our own (exactly like we do with
> .service files).

I agree; let's not make things more complicated than needed. If a dev
wants to maintain his own desktop file, that's fine. We should try to
push these upstream though (similar to service files).

Pierre Schmitz, https://pierre-schmitz.com

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