[aur-general] TU application: Ivy Foster

Ivy Foster iff at escondida.tk
Sat Jan 27 21:12:24 UTC 2018

On 26 Jan 2018, at  4:35  -0500, Eli Schwartz via aur-general wrote:
> On 01/26/2018 04:23 PM, Ivy Foster wrote:
> > I'm writing to apply to be a TU, and Alad Wenter has kindly agreed to
> > be my sponsor.

> It is great to see you take the plunge, I wish you the best of luck!


> > Arch has always been a rewarding community to contribute to, and I
> > figure that maintaining some packages and generally helping out could
> > be a good way to contribute a bit more.
> > 
> > If accepted to be a TU, my plan of action is as follows:
> > 1. Go mad with power^U
> > 1. Bring a handful of packages into [community] (see below)
> > 2. Help out with rebuilds and package updates where that does not
> > 	involve stepping on toes
> > 3. Continue to submit occasional patches to Arch projects
> > 4. Help with to-do lists. [...]

> Sounds like a (wo)man after my own heart!

Woman, and glad to hear it!

> This reminds me I still have so much to do... like all that https/gpg stuff.

There's always more to do, I guess.

> > Thanks for your consideration, and I'm of course happy to answer
> > questions and address critiques.

> But overall, quite good!


> > - ledger
> > 	This program is super useful, and I doubt I'm the only one who
> > 	dreads every boost update because this takes so long to build!

> Lukas has beaten you to it: https://packages.archlinux.org/ledger

I replied to this elsewhere already, but that's great news (-: . In
related news, I've [poked upstream][1] to see about a new release, since
there's been a year's worth of bugfixes! They're into it.

# Critiques & Responses

> We discussed this on IRC already, I'll have to check and see how you've
> adapted to my suggestions.

I've addressed most of them; see responses inline. Of course,
onlookers should judge each fix to make sure it's not a "fix" instead.

## cgo-git

> 2018-01-25 07:07:51 PM	guys	I noticed something immediately, cgo-git has
> a custom:cgo-git license, but it is really an ISC license.
> 2018-01-25 07:08:15 PM	guys	And it installs the whole source code in
> /usr/share/licenses/ instead of using sed to extract it or something. :p
> 2018-01-25 07:09:25 PM	guys	I'd just extract the first few lines using
> sed, until I hit the first  */ and call it a day

I've changed the license to ISC and used sed to extract the license
from the source. I've also [submitted a patch upstream][2] creating a
separate LICENSE file.

> 2018-01-25 07:11:25 PM	guys	Also, the upstream Makefile is terrible and
> should use CFLAGS properly :p
> 2018-01-25 07:12:27 PM	guys	I want pull requests to fix this :p

[Pull request submitted][3].

> 2018-01-25 07:14:28 PM	guys	fist, should be upgraded to use HTTPS since
> their website upgrades you anyway


## frotz-dumb-git / frotz-ncurses-git

> 2018-01-25 07:27:55 PM	guys	frotz-git conflicts and *replaces* frotz,
> which is wrong, it should provide it instead
> 2018-01-25 07:28:23 PM	guys	replaces means that if you pacman -Syu and
> find it in a repo, it gets synced as a replacement for what you
> currently have...

> 2018-01-25 07:29:11 PM	guys	I can hardly read the sed line you use in
> pkgver()
> 2018-01-25 07:29:22 PM	guys	sed 's,-\(.*\)-,.r\1.,'
> 2018-01-25 07:29:30 PM	guys	wrong place to use , as separators!
> 2018-01-25 07:33:03 PM	guys	But anyway, to modify 2.44-196-gf3ceac9
> could just use the standard sed line from the wiki page
> 2018-01-25 07:34:05 PM	escondida	that one *I* can hardly read (-:

> 2018-01-25 07:35:48 PM	guys	Use of sed to modify more than three things
> in prepare should be strictly prohibited; use a patch file

[All fixed][5]. I still refuse to use the sed line from the wiki page,
because I'm a big weirdo.

## libbulletml & rrootage

> 2018-01-25 07:39:48 PM	guys	> # upstream does not provide checksums,
> though Debian does for their patches
> 2018-01-25 07:40:04 PM	guys	This is not a reason to disable checks for
> download errors.

I've [added checksums][6], along with a note not to place too much
trust in them since they're mine and not the developer's.

> 2018-01-25 07:41:09 PM	guys	Why does libbulletml.so need to modify
> 2018-01-25 07:41:21 PM	guys	And why does it overwrite LDFLAGS, instead?
> 2018-01-25 07:41:41 PM	guys	Does it derp on the LDFLAGS from makepkg.conf?
> 2018-01-25 07:42:17 PM	guys	Why does it create libbulletml.a anyway, if
> makepkg automatically strips staticlibs?

This library's build process is simply bizarre. I've left the build as
is, since that seems to be what it takes to get it to, well, build.

> 2018-01-25 07:51:23 PM	guys	rrootage: the pkgdesc is self-referential,
> remove the first two words
> 2018-01-25 07:52:12 PM	guys	And it downloads from
> http://downloads.sourceforge.net, but that can be upgraded to https://
> even if the website cannot
> 2018-01-25 07:53:05 PM	guys	Is http://ftp.de.debian.org/ really the best
> download url? I would assume they have something that redirects to the
> right country mirror

I found a better Debian download url and upgraded the Sourceforge url
to https; [fixes here][7].

I've also sent an email to the mysterious Evil Mr. Henry, the porter
(portreeve?) who brought it to Linux, to see whether he'd be
interested in accepting the Debian patches officially, since they're
required to build these days.

## lua-cosmo-git

> 2018-01-25 07:49:02 PM	guys	lua-cosmo-git: is built, in package().
> 2018-01-25 07:49:27 PM	guys	If it cannot be built separately from the
> install command, build it in build() and cp -a it in package()
> 2018-01-25 07:50:12 PM	escondida	Oh, right, I meant to drop that one.
> Instead, I'll update it and then drop it.

To be honest, I ended up simply dropping this package. As far as I can
tell, luarocks really seems to expect you to build and intall in one
step. I can pick it back up again if anybody has particularly strong
feelings on this point.

## netsurf et al.

> 2018-01-25 07:43:58 PM	guys	libcss-git should probably use git+https://
> for TLS security purposes
> 2018-01-25 07:45:31 PM	guys	Same with the other netsurf related packages

Sadly, I got SSL errors when I tried to pull netsurf libs from https.
They seem to be available only over http for now. I didn't try *all*
of them, granted, but I figure what's true for the css is true for the

I need to update these in general, to tell the truth. Part of me wants
to do them all as a massive split PKGBUILD, because the dependency
order is fairly intricate (I have them in directories numbered in
stages on my machine, but that doesn't translate well to the AUR).

## sndio-git

> 2018-01-25 07:56:23 PM	guys	Is
> sndio-git/0001-put-cookie-somewhere-better.patch upstreamable?
> 2018-01-25 07:56:32 PM	guys	Or have you tried and they rejected it

I haven't written the better version to submit yet; that'll probably
be sometime in the next few days.

## translate-shell

> 2018-01-25 07:56:59 PM	guys	http://www.soimort.org/translate-shell/ is
> available over HTTPS
> 2018-01-25 07:57:00 PM	phrik	Title: Translate Shell (at www.soimort.org)
> 2018-01-25 07:57:09 PM	guys	As is the github repo via git+https:// ;)

> 2018-01-25 07:57:29 PM	guys	pkgver=v0. # should have the
> leading v stripped

> https://github.com/soimort/translate-shell/blob/develop/Makefile
> 2018-01-25 07:59:10 PM	phrik	Title: translate-shell/Makefile at develop
> · soimort/translate-shell · GitHub (at github.com)
> 2018-01-25 07:59:22 PM	guys	latest commit to that file says "Implement
> DESTDIR support"
> 2018-01-25 07:59:39 PM	guys	Complete with mkdir -p ;)

> 2018-01-25 08:00:44 PM	guys	And /usr/share/licenses/${_gitname}/LICENSE
> is technically quite wrong, that is not the package the license is for
> at all

> 2018-01-25 08:00:57 PM	guys	besides which it does not conflict/provide
> the non-git version

[All fixed][8].

# Concluding thoughts

Who's next? Bring it on!


# Links

[1]: https://github.com/ledger/ledger/issues/523
[2]: https://github.com/kieselsteini/cgo/pull/10
[3]: https://github.com/kieselsteini/cgo/pull/9
[4]: https://aur.archlinux.org/cgit/aur.git/log/?h=fist
[5]: https://aur.archlinux.org/cgit/aur.git/log/?h=frotz-git
[6]: https://aur.archlinux.org/cgit/aur.git/log/?h=libbulletml
[7]: https://aur.archlinux.org/cgit/aur.git/log/?h=rrootage
[8]: https://aur.archlinux.org/cgit/aur.git/log/?h=translate-shell-git

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