[aur-general] How do I

Thomas Dziedzic gostrc at gmail.com
Mon Sep 6 02:13:54 EDT 2010

On Sun, Sep 5, 2010 at 11:44 PM, Nathan O <ndowens.aur at gmail.com> wrote:
> On Sun, Sep 5, 2010 at 12:18 PM, Nathan O <ndowens.aur at gmail.com> wrote:
>> On Sun, Sep 5, 2010 at 6:39 AM, Heiko Baums <lists at baums-on-web.de> wrote:
>>> Am Sun, 5 Sep 2010 02:52:55 -0500
>>> schrieb Nathan O <ndowens.aur at gmail.com>:
>>> > At this time, I am going through the
>>> > ophaned packages and updating them to the latest versions and
>>> > adopting packages(in my opinion this helps AUR out).
>>> And this is why I don't think you should become a TU. Your deletion
>>> mania was a bit too big. You asked for package deletion obviously
>>> without reading the PKGBUILDs and other files in the packages and
>>> without comparing packages enough.
>>> If you send a removal request to the mailing list as a normal user
>>> then a TU can first make sure if a package can indeed be removed, but
>>> if you were a TU then you could remove those packages by yourself
>>> without asking another TU first.
>>> So I don't think you should be a TU until you proof that you learned
>>> reading PKGBUILDs and that you deal with packages not owned by yourself
>>> trustworthily. I don't see this, yet.
>>> And I don't want my packages be removed from AUR just because you think
>>> they can be removed because of a pointless reason. See again your
>>> removal request for alevt and alevt-dvb. Packages are not the same just
>>> because a part of the package names is identical.
>>> Heiko
>> I can understand your concern about deletion and I will work on that area.
> Also I already knew that I wasn't ready to apply for a TU posistion yet. I
> mainly meant by sponsor as more as somebody that I could go to, to see if I
> did something correct or whatever. So don't concider my question as an
> application, atleast just yet :)
> I have two questions:
>   1. Is it bad to adopt many packages to update them since they are
> orphaned(since somebody didn't want the package(s) anymore), if so why?

I don't see anything wrong with that, as long as you commit yourself
to maintain them in a timely fashion.

>   2. On the note of deciding which packages to request to delete:
>               I should mainly look at the PKGBUILDS that enable certain
> features than the other and does a package be concidered pretty much the
> same if the package uses something like, for example,  ./configure
> --disable-scrollkeeper or things like that

I think that a package should get deleted if another package provides
the exact same thing, otherwise it is a case by case matter imo.

> Thanks


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