[aur-general] AUR Cleanup Day organization
t-r-a-y at mbnet.fi
Sat May 3 15:19:17 EDT 2008
Allan McRae wrote:
> Alessio Bolognino wrote:
>> On Fri 2008-05-02 12:08 , Eric Belanger wrote:
>>> On Sat, 3 May 2008, Allan McRae wrote:
>>>> Luká Jirkovský wrote:
>>>>> But in other way, packages without arch field are usually very,
>>>>> very old.
>>>> Then they probably fall in this category of the suggest removal
>>>> - outdated and orphaned packages with few or no votes
>>>> This situation is behind my reasoning to create a list of potential
>>>> removals first. I think we need to be careful of removing too many
>>>> packages, especially in our first cleanup attempt. Just the really
>>>> unneeded ones as a first step. I had even considered that once the
>>>> list was made, then I would archive all the relevant PKGBUILDs
>>>> before deleting them. But it would be better to just not delete
>>>> useful packages in the first place...
>>> I don't think it's a good idea to remove orphaned packages simply
>>> because they are out-of-date. Even out-of-date they can still be
>>> useful as it's better than having no PKGBUILD at all and maybe
>>> someone will adopt them eventually. That's the reason why we call
>>> it unsupported: the PKGBUILD can be out-of-date, unmaintained or not
>>> very good quality-wise. A lot of work has been invested in these
>> I totally agree with Eric here. I'm a bit worried about this "cleanup
>> frenzy": there is a package in the
>> AUR that is out-of-date and doesn't even compile. Why should we
>> remove it? As Eric said, it's better than nothing.
>> Unless the package is obsolete (e.g. gaim/pidgin) or it is a package
>> already in the repos, IMHO there is no need to remove it.
>> If a PKGBUILD contains errors, fix it, if you want to, but do not remove
>> it. What about a "bug-fix day" instead of a "cleanup day" ?
> Let me be clear here that I will in now way encourage the deletion of
> anything that may be useful in the future. I now how annoying it can
> be to have packages you have spent time on deleted from the AUR even
> if you have orphaned them (who deleted dpkg & rpm... I am actually
> quite pissed off about that). This is my reasoning behind creating a
> list first. That way there is time for people to object to the
> removals before it happens.
> As an example, look at the alienarena packages. I'm reasonably sure
> alienarena2007 is replaced by alienarena. And I only looked at a
> couple of pages...
Btw OT but I was the one who added dpkg (along with po4a), mainly used
dpkg-deb from it to play with deb packages.
Still should have old PKGBUILDs lying around if you want :p
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