[aur-general] Idea for AUR improvement

Alex Belanger i.caught.air at gmail.com
Fri Jun 1 12:11:06 EDT 2012

Such tracking is usually done within the MAKEPKG file, e.g. [1]. It is
indeed better practice but not mandatory. As long as we can contact the
current maintainer, why the need of previous maintainer?

Second it doesn't really matter who owns the package. We all contribute to
Arch together and benefits from everyone's work as a whole. I understand
your willingness to own your baby, but we're a community. As long as I know
the package is well maintained, it doesn't make a big difference wether
it's him or you. You can always contact the person and deal something with
them if it can help you sleep better.

Lastly, you can already pick any package orphaned and give it some love.
AUR doesn't have (and I don't think it will ever have) any kind of
automated system for that. That's why we are here, also it helps keep an
eye on what's going on and take the good decisions.

Please keep in mind I don't have the truth, I'm nowhere near TU rank here.

I'm just speaking common sense.

[1] http://aur.archlinux.org/packages/ac/ace/PKGBUILD

On Fri, Jun 1, 2012 at 10:02 AM, Marcin 'sirmacik' Karpezo <
marcin at karpezo.pl> wrote:

> Hi there!
> Few days ago I’ve installed Archlinux on my laptop again. One of the
> first changes I’ve noticed in my *.archlinux.org accounts was loosing
> all packages I was maintaining in AUR.
> It’s completely understandable because I was the one to say in one of
> my comments that I hope to never use Arch again… but here I am having
> Arch on the second partition, next to Gentoo.
> The idea is to add some tracking of AUR package maintainers (I’m not
> sure if there isn’t some system like this first part already). If they
> have more than some number of packages out of date and they haven’t
> been logged in some time lets orphan their packages. This is how it is
> working now but manually.
> The next step is retrieval. If our maintainer logged in again and he’s
> pushing some new packages to AUR lets bring him his packages. But not
> all, only those which are still orphaned.
> Such automation will be IMO a big improvement to the whole system. Just
> an idea, but if anyone is interested in implementing it I’ll be glad to
> help.
> --
> Regards
> Marcin 'sirmacik' Karpezo
> http://sirmacik.net

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