[aur-dev] fwd: AUR PKGBUILD files and web searches

Simo Leone simo at archlinux.org
Mon Oct 6 11:27:26 EDT 2008

I'm forwarding this to aur-dev, as it's come up before and I want to
gather current opinions on it. A couple thoughts that come to my mind
are that spam harvesters won't honor robots.txt anyway, and in the past
people sort of agreed that by uploading a pkgbuild, you probably should
have noticed the fact that it's google searchable before you did it, and
taken countermeasures yourself.


----- Forwarded message from Tom Wizetek <mailadmin at wizetek.com> -----

To: simo at archlinux.org
Subject: AUR PKGBUILD files and web searches
Date: Sat, 4 Oct 2008 02:56:53 -0400
From: Tom Wizetek <mailadmin at wizetek.com>


I must admit that I'm a bit concerned about how certain information contained 
in PKGBUILD files hosted on archlinux.org is returned by web searches. 
Specifically, I mean email addresses.

For example, a simple search for my name:
	Contributor: Tom Wizetek <tom at wizetek.com> pkgname=tleds
linking to

This could be easily used for email address harvesting.

Any chance you can add to the site's robots.txt (seems like the file exists 
but is empty) the appropriate entries to prevent web bots from listing the 
contents of PKGBUILDs?

Thanks for hearing me out.

Tom Wizetek

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