[aur-requests] [PRQ#7390] Deletion Request for update-pacman-mirrorlist

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Mon Jan 30 22:53:57 UTC 2017

Eschwartz [1] filed a deletion request for update-pacman-mirrorlist

The AUR is not a hosting provider for source code, and whether that
source code uses a compiler to compile to an ELF binary is irrelevant
to that fact. Additionally, "reflector" which is in community and has
existed far longer than this program, does everything that this
program does, better than this program does (with the exception of the
systemd timer for daily mirrorlist updates, because daily mirrorlist
updates are objectively stupid).

The maintainer has previously been warned against this in the
comments, and justified using the AUR as a hosting provider because:
"No, I really do not. What advantage would that bring? It would most
certainly over complicate the PKGBUILD and management of the project,
introduce additional potential for downtime, and require another
trusted party to host code."

In addition to deleting this pkgbase, someone with backend access
should probably purge it too, since the aur.git backend really
shouldn't have to store non-buildfiles resources in perpetuity (this
is, after all, the reason the AUR code tries to reject all blobs above
a certain size, and why actual hosting providers like Github exist).

[1] https://aur.archlinux.org/account/Eschwartz/
[2] https://aur.archlinux.org/pkgbase/update-pacman-mirrorlist/

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