[aur-requests] [PRQ#10039] Deletion Request for visual-studio-code

Duru Can Celasun can at dcc.im
Mon Dec 18 19:25:59 UTC 2017

On Mon, 18 Dec 2017, at 19:27, notify at aur.archlinux.org wrote:
> Earnest [1] filed a deletion request for visual-studio-code [2]:
> Since the required request type doesn't exist, I'd like to suggest
> this package *needs* to be named with a -bin suffix as it does not
> build the actual package.
> This is what https://aur.archlinux.org/packages/visual-studio-code-oss
> seems to do, but it should not need to call itself "-oss".
> So if I may request, this package be renamed to visual-studio-code-
> bin.
> [1] https://aur.archlinux.org/account/Earnest/
> [2] https://aur.archlinux.org/pkgbase/visual-studio-code/

I wish this was opened as a comment first, instead of a deletion

As I've mentioned in the pinned comment, this package doesn't have a
-bin suffix for historical reasons. Specifically, when Visual Studio
Code was released it was not an open source project and there was no
indication it ever would be.

By the time Microsoft decided to release it with the MIT license, the
package was already widely used. Currently,  it's one of the 3 most
popular packages on AUR [1]. The idea at the time was to avoid breaking
updates for so many people by renaming. That reasoning is even more
valid today.

Nevertheless, I've pushed a new package with the -bin suffix [2].
However, I'd like to urge everyone to reject this rename request.
Assuming the -oss package renames itself to remove the suffix, it will
cause tremendous confusion among users of the binary package, especially
since the "new" package would have reduced functionality (no extension
gallery) compared to the current binary package. 

As far as I can see, there is no way to use conflicts/replaces in the
PKGBUILD to avoid the above situation. So please, let's not do this.


[2] https://aur.archlinux.org/packages/visual-studio-code-bin

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