[aur-general] TU Application

nathan owe. ndowens04 at gmail.com
Fri Jul 3 01:42:49 EDT 2009

Allan McRae wrote:
> nathan owe. wrote:
>> Well my name is Nathan Owe.  I am applying to be a TU, a person with 
>> the username Ghost1227 looked at some of my pkgs i have made, and he 
>> made suggestions on what i should do to improve my PKGBUILDs. well i 
>> downloaded all my packages and fixed them according to his 
>> suggestions. I do believe my packages do conform to the guidelines. 
>> The reason for applying for TU is because i love arch linux and i 
>> want to contribute back to this great OS. I love that i can 
>> contribute the way i am now, but i want to try and contribute to the 
>> development of AUR more by trying to help others as well. I have 
>> currently over 60 nearly 70 pkgs and still counting. I currently 
>> don't have a sponsor. I usually am signed into the IRC channel but 
>> usually don't talk much due to working on packages to contribute. my 
>> nickname is ndowens on both IRC and AUR.
> Hi Nathan,
> I'm not longer a Trusted User so I do not get a vote in this anymore, 
> but knowing how this works I would suggest that your application is 
> coming too soon.  In the past month, you have been asking for a lot of 
> help doing what I consider fairly easy packaging.  This is not saying 
> that asking for help is a bad thing, but rather I think that you need 
> more time to learn packaging techniques and get used to fixing problem 
> situations.
> When you maintain packages in the [community] repo as a Trusted User, 
> you are expected to be able to deal with breakages that occur.  These 
> are somewhat frequent in a rolling release distribution as updating a 
> package that is in the dependency chain of one of your packages can 
> cause your package to stop working properly.  The TUs need to be 
> confident that you will be able to handle such breakages (whether they 
> need a patch or a simple sed line).
> I encourage you to continue learning the packaging system and try to 
> become a TU at a later date.  Most TUs had been packaging for half a 
> year by the time of their application.  Remember, there is a lot you 
> can contribute to Arch without being a TU.  In fact, the only thing 
> TUs can do that you can not is put binary packages into the 
> [community] repo.  I'd suggest looking for bugs on the bug tracker and 
> seeing if you can replicate the problem, try to fix it and post the 
> fixed PKGBUILD to the bug tracker if you can.  That teaches you how to 
> deal with problems while proving your ability to become a Trusted User. 
> Also remember that it is not the number of packages you maintain, but 
> the quality of those packages.  So try to help out in irc or the 
> forums rather then taking another package just because you can.  
> Packaging only software you are genuinely interested in helps keep the 
> motivation going.
> Cheers,
> Allan
K, thanks for the nice msg and not being smart-a$$ to me. I figured it 
may be too early but i figure'd i'd atleast try

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