[aur-requests] [PRQ#8874] Deletion Request for firefox-dev

Denys Vitali denys at denv.it
Wed Aug 30 20:32:30 UTC 2017

If the package needs to be deleted, go on. Do it.
If we have to fill up a mailing list just for this, it would be better 
to just delete the package.

The package was reuploaded automatically, because I dindn't turn off the 
auto-maintainer once the first package deletion happened.
I then stopped once the package was deleted for the second time.

I proceeded to add the package again when I noticed that jnbek 
<https://aur.archlinux.org/account/jnbek> was one version behind, 
despite the numerous complains about the package not being updated.

Look, if you guys don't want an automatically updated package, it's 
okay. I'm not getting paid from nobody to keep it up and running.
My only goal was to provide a reliable AUR package for the Firefox 
Developer Edition - I never intended to break any rule, nor to turn the 
whole AUR community against me.

It is up to you, the sources for the auto-maintainer are here 
<https://github.com/denysvitali/aur-firefox-dev-automaintainer>, the 
package itself is reliable.

Sure, in the an "hands on check to ensure everything went well" before 
publishing it is not performed (because yeah, it is automaintained), but 
in 36 releases I never really needed to do anything, and there was no 
problem at all.

I guess the choice now is the following:

1) Keep firefox-dev and merge it into firefox-developer
2) Delete firefox-dev, keep firefox-developer and hope the new 
maintainer provides a release as soon as it comes out
3) Delete firefox-developer and change the way the releases are rolled out
4) Keep everything as is, and let the user choose if they want rolling 
out releases, or a more "stable" approach
5) ???

Please note that `firefox-dev-ru` follows my same principle, and also 
note that by searching for firefox-dev* 
<https://aur.archlinux.org/packages/?O=0&K=firefox-dev> half of the 
results are packages that aren't updated.

Keep also in mind that now the firefox-developer package has got a new 
maintainer, but has been updated to the newest 57.0a1.20170830-1 
version, which isn't officially rolled out yet.

I hope this message explains my reasons behind the choices of the 
firefox-dev package - I was (and still am) just trying to improve the 
Firefox Developer AUR experience.

On 30. 08. 17 19:31, John D Jones III wrote:
> On 8/28/17 13:54, notify at aur.archlinux.org wrote:
>> jnbek [1] filed a deletion request for firefox-dev [2]:
>> This package has been a hostile attempt at taking control of the
>> formerly my firefox-developer PKGBUILD, which is built by strict
>> standards for Mozilla software. This PKGBUILD autoupdates willy nilly
>> without any hands on checks to ensure everything went well.
>> [1] https://aur.archlinux.org/account/jnbek/
>> [2] https://aur.archlinux.org/pkgbase/firefox-dev/
> It's also worth noting that the firefox-dev PKGBUILD was already 
> deleted from the AUR and denvit readded it anyways.
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