[aur-general] Mass removal of packages.

George Rawlinson grawlinson at archlinux.org
Mon May 24 02:32:56 UTC 2021

On 21-05-23 02:05, Christian Rebischke via aur-general wrote:
> On Thu, May 13, 2021 at 10:36:55AM -0500, Derek Taylor via aur-general wrote:
> > I received a notice that several of my suckless builds (dwm-distrotube-git, st-distrotube-git, dmenu-distrotube-git) have been deleted from the AUR due to being "for one person". That's certainly reasonable but these packages are not for one person. A lot of people use these and depend on them. Again, these builds are not for one person. What can be done about this?
> > 
> > Thanks in advance,
> > DT
> Hi Derek,
> I just had a glimpse on your software and I see why it got mass-removed.
> Maybe you shouldn't describe the packages as:
> "My heavily-patched customized build of the Suckless simple terminal (st)."
> "My heavily-patched and customized build of the Suckless dmenu run launcher."
> I can only speculate, but did you use the same package description in
> the AUR?
> My suggestion to solve this: give the packages a new name and make clear
> that the software is a fork and something different.
> For example:
> pkgname: dst
> description: "dst (Derek's ST) is a suckless st inspired terminal with
> additional features"
A lot of the suckless packages being removed were removed by me and I've
had a few emails from affected people.

Just to reiterate, upstream suckless says that packaging their software
is pointless[0], because of how the software configuration is tightly
coupled with compiling.

The majority of these packages were for a single person, therefore are
not suitable to be placed on the AUR. The AUR isn't meant for people to
place dotfiles and configuration snippets as per the submission

[0]: https://dwm.suckless.org
[1]: https://wiki.archlinux.org/title/AUR_submission_guidelines#Rules_of_submission

George Rawlinson
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