[aur-general] [PATCH 1/1] TUs can change package names

Evangelos Foutras foutrelis at gmail.com
Wed Jun 1 09:47:16 EDT 2011

On 1 June 2011 16:04, D. Can Celasun <dcelasun at gmail.com> wrote:
> On Wed, Jun 1, 2011 at 4:00 PM, Daenyth Blank <daenyth+arch at gmail.com>wrote:
>> On Wed, Jun 1, 2011 at 05:32, Alexander Rødseth <rodseth at gmail.com> wrote:
>> > I like both the idea of it being possible to change the names of
>> > packages and the patch.
>> > But, what about dependencies? Should they be left dangling?
>> >
>> > - Alexander Rødseth
>> >
>> This patch leaves the pkgname in the PKGBUILD as the old name.
>> Probably not an issue, but the maintainer would have to submit an
>> updated PKGBUILD after the name change.
> Yeah I thought about that, but when the package name goes from "foo" to
> "bar", the maintainer might want to add replaces=("foo") etc. So it's
> probably best to leave it up to the maintainer.

An idea I wouldn't mind seeing implemented is the ability to transfer
the votes and comments to another package when deleting the old

For example, suppose the "foo" package gets a new name, say "bar".

- Its maintainer uploads a new "bar" package with provides=('foo') and
conflicts=('foo'). Then, they request the old package to be removed
and at the same time mention the name of the new package.
- A TU puts the name (or ID?) of the new package in a box next to the
delete check box and proceeds to delete it. The votes and comments get
reassigned to the new package.

The above should work much better than any attempt to rename packages
in place. We also avoid the issue that came up regarding the name
mismatch in the PKGBUILD right after the package is renamed in the AUR

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