[aur-general] Duplicate Package Names

Loui louipc.ist at gmail.com
Thu Oct 16 14:34:03 EDT 2008

On Sun, Sep 28, 2008 at 11:12:10AM +1000, Jud wrote:
> Too many recent packages have been named the same as the "official
> package", this could easily get out of hand, what can be done about it?
> Discussion Points:
> - better education and parenting?
> - better message on AUR page?

A better message can be easily done. I think that would also
cover the first point. If people don't read the AUR Guidelines
there isn't much else we can do.
> - code to detect package name and disallow/delete package?

I don't think our current systems are designed to do this
without a lot of ugly hackery.

> - hit uploader with big stick?

What? Suspend their accounts or something? I think people upload those
packages out of ignorance, or they are trying to help the community. I'd
rather not have to whack people because their good intentions are
slightly misguided.

> - faster updates of "offical" Repo packages?

Not much we can do about this in AUR. I wonder why users are not
supposed to file bug reports for outdated packages. I think it would
actually help people gauge how important certain packages are.

It would:
 - be globally readable and writable.
 - allow users to post updated PKGBUILDs.
 - allow developers to provide comments on why packages are out of date
 - help ensure that out of date notices don't get lost in the
   maintainer's mountain of other email, or wherever they go.

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