[aur-general] Delete request for "perl-docs" #22294

Justin Davis jrcd83 at gmail.com
Sun Apr 17 09:29:12 EDT 2011

On Sat, Apr 16, 2011 at 2:25 PM, Xyne <xyne at archlinux.ca> wrote:
> On 2011-04-16 12:02 -0400 (15:6)
> Dave Reisner wrote:
>> On Sat, Apr 16, 2011 at 11:57:33AM -0400, Justin Davis wrote:
>> > Please delete perl-docs. I would like to resubmit it and rename it to
>> > perldocs. This is trivial, of course, but it bugs me. Packages for
>> > perl modules are prefixed with perl- but perl-docs is simply the
>> > documentation for perl and not a "Docs" module. The file it downloads
>> > is named perldoc and there is a command for reading installed perl
>> > documentation called perldoc so it seems more appropriate to call the
>> > package perldocs.
>> >
>> > I know it sounds crazy! Please humor me! Here is the link:
>> > http://aur.archlinux.org/packages.php?ID=22294
>> >
>> > Thanks,
>> > Justin (aka aurperl)
>> Consider yourself humored.
>> dave
> It should probably be called perl-perldoc if you want to be rigorous, i.e. all
> Perl packages should be prefixed with "perl-" regardless if they begin with
> "perl" themselves.
> It makes it easier to write tools for Perl package management.

That is what I do for modules but the whole point is to differentiate
these docs from modules and avoid package name clashes. For example,
there is a module named Perldoc on CPAN. If I called the package for
these docs "perl-perldoc" like you suggest then that conflicts with
the package name of the Perldoc module, should someone want to upload
it to the AUR and name it, properly, "perl-perldoc".

The perldocs are just documentation, they don't even depend on perl,
so they are not perl packages in the same sense that packages of perl
modules are perl packages. They are perldocs, just like the perldoc
command, just like the perldoc website. Naming conventions for modules
do not need apply, and can actually cause problems as I mentioned

Really, a different naming scheme makes automation easier (avoiding a
headache) because it is now not possible to accidentally confuse
perl-docs with a module named Docs on the AUR, based solely on the
names of packages.

PS thanks dave!

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