[aur-general] Orphan request

D. Can Celasun dcelasun at gmail.com
Mon Jul 16 16:00:21 EDT 2012

On Mon, Jul 16, 2012 at 10:53 PM, Allen Li <cyberdupo56 at gmail.com> wrote:
>> > > Op zondag 15 juli 2012 21:46:08 schreef D. Can Celasun:
>> > >> Wow, Déją vu! In the past another TU asked me the exact same question
>> > >> and it was decided that if the maintainer didn't update any of his
>> > >> packages for a long time (e.g a year) the wait-2-weeks-for-response
>> > >> wasn't necessary. That particular discussion is here [1]. So I'd be
>> > >> glad if you could go ahead and orphan the packages.
>> > >>
>> > >> Thanks!
>> > >>
>> > >> [1]
>> > >> http://mailman.archlinux.org/pipermail/aur-general/2011-October/016307.ht
>> > >> ml
> Now, I don't know what official rules we have, but I don't think this is right.
> Sometimes, a package may be stable without being updated upstream for a long
> time, and suddenly it's updated a year or so later, and the maintainer may be
> active but unaware of this.  A friendly email reminder should be the first
> step, and only if the maintainer doesn't respond then a TU should orphan.  Am I
> wrong?
> Allen Li

Well, in the case of these two packages (and the one mentioned in the
other thread), there were several considerations to counter your
points. The packages:

- Had more recent upstream stable versions for a long time,
- Have been flagged as out-of-date for a long time,
- Had several up-to-date PKGBUILDs in the comments without any input
from the maintainer.

Furthermore, the maintainer didn't update *any* of his packages in
more than a year. So in the end, I don't think your reasoning should
apply to cases like this. Am I wrong?


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