[arch-dev-public] [RFC] Removing maintainer/contributor lines from PKGBUILDs

Lukas Fleischer lfleischer at archlinux.org
Tue Aug 25 20:46:36 UTC 2020

On Tue, 25 Aug 2020 at 15:58:40, Evangelos Foutras via arch-dev-public wrote:
> I am not sure these serve any purpose. The maintainer line duplicates
> information available from the archweb or aur interfaces and could
> also be outdated. The contributor lines are mostly redundant with svn
> or git history, can take up several lines in the PKGBUILD and can
> become irrelevant after significant refactoring.
> What are your thoughts on dropping all these seemingly unnecessary
> lines from our official PKGBUILDs? Anyone feel strongly about keeping
> them (and why)?

I don't feel strongly and would welcome a better system.

One of the reasons against such a change that was brought in earlier
conversations around this topic is that original contributors are hard
to reconstruct after a package has been moved from the AUR to the
official repositories or vice versa.

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