[aur-general] Aurphan in community

Allan McRae allan at archlinux.org
Sat Apr 30 04:10:52 EDT 2011

On 30/04/11 17:36, Loui Chang wrote:
> On Sat 30 Apr 2011 16:12 +1000, Allan McRae wrote:
>> On 30/04/11 12:25, Loui Chang wrote:
>>> On Fri 29 Apr 2011 21:49 -0400, keenerd wrote:
>>>> I would like to move Aurphan into community.  I've added a number of
>>>> features to it lately, and it has become an automated means of
>>>> answering "what can I do to help Arch", parsing and summarizing the
>>>> todo list, the bugtracker and the orphans.  The one random dev I've
>>>> asked seems cool with it, however he thought a wider consensus should
>>>> be found.  It has enough votes but....
>>>> Aurphan could be considered an AUR helper.  By default it searches the
>>>> AUR for AUR packages you already have installed.  It does not download
>>>> anything.
>>>> I will change it so the default behavior does not search the AUR.
>>>> (New default would display the --help)  I won't change the name, on
>>>> account of it being cute.
>>>> aur page: http://aur.archlinux.org/packages.php?ID=43726
>>>> project page: http://kmkeen.com/aurphan/
>>> This script seems like a really nice idea, but if it deals with
>>> unsupported packages it should remain in that domain. Maybe move the
>>> functionality that deals with unsupported into an add-on that you can
>>> install separately?
>> We should also drop wget, curl and firefox from the repos as they can be
>> used to download unsupported packages...   In fact, this script is safer
>> because it does not even do that.
> Allan, I appreciate your work but you completely missed the point.
> wget, curl and firefox do not contain functionality to specifically
> access the unsupported packages. They are general network programs.
> I guess it depends on what your vision is. If you want more people
> expecting support for unsupported packages, then put these scripts into
> extra or community. I can't stop you, I'm just a lowly nobody and you're
> a big bad dev.

My point was that (as far as I can tell) this software does nothing with 
AUR packages other than collates a bit of information.  It does not 
allow downloading or building packages.  I find it difficult to see how 
this could be seen as supporting AUR packages.


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