[arch-general] PKGBUILD contributor, maintainer, author...

Calvin McAnarney csm at gmx.us
Sat May 8 18:15:31 EDT 2010

On Sun, May 09, 2010 at 12:02:16AM +0200, Andre Osku Schmidt wrote:
> Hello Arch,
> i'm doing (for fun) a PKGBUILD parser in javascript, and now as i was
> testing it with random PKGBUILD files from AUR, i noticed that there
> is more than one way people use to define authors...
> (/usr/share/PKGBUILD.proto shows only "Contributor")
> till now i've found:
> - Contributor
> - Maintainer
> - Author
> so i wonder what others should i parse ?
> or could you/we make a standard ?
> cheers
> .andre

Maintainer specifies the actual maintainer of a package, while
Contributor refers to previous maintainers of the package.

So when the maintainer of a package changes, the old one is listed as
Contributor from there on and the new one as Maintainer.

Source: Arch Packaging Standards[1] on the Archwiki

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