[aur-general] TUs adopting packages from the AUR

Xyne xyne at archlinux.ca
Sat Aug 14 13:22:30 EDT 2010

On Sat, 14 Aug 2010 14:43:37 +0300
Ionuț Bîru wrote:

> On 08/14/2010 02:38 PM, Stijn Segers wrote:
> > Guys,
> >
> > When I saw this discussion about sage-mathematics I was just wondering what is customary when a TU
> > wants to adopt packages that are not his and are maintained by someone in the AUR.
> >
> > I had a couple of those (remmina-plugins and freerdp) and from one day to another my packages were
> > 'gone' from AUR. Only after that some TU sent me a message that he had taken my packages. There was
> > nothing in the AUR ML about moving it.
> >
> > Is this how this is usually done? I know developers aren't great communicators, but it sure struck
> > me as impolite, rude even.
> >
> > Thanks
> yes. this is how we handle it. eventually we have to do that since you 
> or any other contributors can't commit to community and we want all our 
> users to easy access their favorite applications.

Is that really how we're supposed to handle it?

In my opinion, a TU should contact the current maintainer in advance to
discuss moving a package to [community]. Simply taking the package is
indeed impolite, regardless of the number of votes.

Beside, the threshold (which I thought we had raised to 25 votes) is
just a guideline. It's not as though a package must be moved
immediately as soon as it has the minimum number of votes. Some packages
even end up with several times the minimum number yet remain in the AUR
indefinitely (which is a good thing, as an active and interested AUR
maintainer is better than a disinterested TU).


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