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

Allan McRae allan at archlinux.org
Sun May 9 02:30:28 EDT 2010

On 09/05/10 16:08, vlad wrote:
> On Sun, May 09, 2010 at 01:09:46AM +0300, Ionut Biru wrote:
>> On 05/09/2010 01:02 AM, 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
>> in proto was fixed in the next version of pacman. The standard is
>> Maintainer and Contributor.
>> Maintainer the current person who's maintaining the packager.
>> Contributor past maintainers or persons who did contribute in a way
>> to the build(if the current maintainer wants to add them)
> Finally a clear definition!

The main principle I use when deciding on things like this is the phrase 
"Who gives a shit?".   :P

Seriously...  it is a comment so it does nothing.  Does either label 
make it less informative if it is the only one there?


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