[aur-general] changing the status of the maintainer field

Daenyth Blank daenyth+arch at gmail.com
Fri May 22 17:26:06 EDT 2009

2009/5/22 Angel Velásquez <angvp at archlinux.com.ve>:
> Actually, you can export an env var with the value of that..
> i.e: PACKAGER="Angel 'angvp' Velasquez" makepkg
> But now talking about the topic, you can also set the "Maintainer"
> flag with an env var and adding it to the .PKGINFO (I thought Andrei
> Thorp suggested this anyway) and past maintainers can be parsed in
> another .PKGINFO Field. This will need modifications of the makepkg
> script (and adding this to pacman in the -i option), but I think this
> is a good solution, for having the *actual* maintainer with -Qi or
> -Si.
> In code the thing will be like:
> MAINTAINER="Angel 'angvp' Velasquez" makepkg
> And then the makepkg will do these new jobs:
> 1.- Add the value of the env var MAINTAINER as the current maintainer
> 2.- Add the value of the env var MAINTAINER  (if the value isn't in
> the array) to an array of pasts_maintaners to the .PKGINFO ..
> Note 1: If the MAINTAINER var wasn't set it will use the value of
> PACKAGER if isn't empty, or the classical "None" in case both vars are
> empty
> Note 2: Because is annoying to set the name everytime you will build a
> package that you maintain, you can add this var in something like
> .bashrc or on a script, BUT if you are building a package from another
> tu/dev (cause he asked the favour to you or something like), you
> should have to set it with the value of the *actual* maintainer with
> the ugly way:
> MAINTAINER="John Doe <foo at bar.com>" makepkg
> Note 3: to see past maintainers you should have the unpack the
> packages and see it on the .PKGINFO file, (because in my opinion,
> adding this information to -i is too much)
> Note 4: there are a web interface which actually parse the value of
> PACKAGER on the .PKGINFO [1]
> This Isn't something hard to do at all .. but I know that many people
> wouldn't like it this idea :/, actually I have to say, for me will be
> the same to implement or not this solution.
> [1] http://www.archlinux.de/?page=Packagers
> --
> Angel Velásquez
> angvp @ irc.freenode.net
> Linux Counter: #359909

Noone is going to do this if it were implemented, which I really don't
think it needs to be.

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