[aur-general] Unexpected aur package removal.

Yichao Yu yyc1992 at gmail.com
Wed Mar 13 00:17:13 EDT 2013

On Tue, Mar 12, 2013 at 11:49 PM, Daniel Wallace
<danielwallace at gtmanfred.com> wrote:
> On Tue, Mar 12, 2013 at 11:25:58PM -0400, Yichao Yu wrote:
>> Hi,
>> A TU "gtmanfred" have just decided to remove one of my package just
>> one minute after he commented on the package pointed out the missing
>> package() in the PKGBUILD without any further explaination.
>> The package is python-django-git[0], which I have uploaded 2-3 days
>> ago[1] to replacing two old packages including one with 3 vote that I
>> uploaded last Nov.
>> I have already re-upload the package[0] since I don't think anything
>> is wrong with the package (especially not for the package name, I can
>> fix it if anything else with the package is wrong). And I just want to
>> know if that was a delete by mistake or a missing package() somehow is
>> enough reason to remove a package within ~1min after notifying the
>> maintainer now?
>> Yichao Yu
>> [0] https://aur.archlinux.org/packages/python-django-git/
>> [1] https://mailman.archlinux.org/pipermail/aur-general/2013-March/022494.html
> Please follow packageing guidelines, anything that touches $pkgdir
> should be inside the package() function.
> repackaging without a package() function has been deprecated
> https://mailman.archlinux.org/pipermail/pacman-dev/2010-April/010620.html
> and PKGBUILDs without a package() function have been depricated
> https://patchwork.archlinux.org/patch/515/
> https://www.archlinux.org/todo/clean-up-pkgdir-usage/

I agree, and I have already fixed it.

BUT, that is NOT what I am asking!! What I am REALLY asking here is
why did you simply remove the package!!
You can leave a comment (which you did 1min before you go right to the
incorrect last step), flag it out-of-date, send me a email, or even
disown it and correct it yourself according to the AUR two-week policy
if I refuse to update. Is it what you think a TU should do to remove
(without waiting for the shortest reasonable response time or even
attempting to improve) all non-standard/old PKGBUILD on AUR.

It is fine if you have just removed it by accident (although I will
probably suggest to move the remove button and the flag-out-of-date
button farther away for TU if that's the case), but if you were doing
that on purpose, what you did is totally non-constructive. This is
definitely NOT what a TU should do. Let me remind you what a TU should
do is "check PKGBUILDs for minor mistakes, suggest corrections and
improvements"[1], I am not sure which of the three does "removing
package right away" belong to.

[1] https://wiki.archlinux.org/index.php/AUR_Trusted_User_Guidelines#The_TU_and_.5Bunsupported.5D

> --
> Daniel Wallace
> Archlinux Trusted User (gtmanfred)
> Georgia Institute of Technology

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