[aur-requests] Answer to: [PRQ#10517] Orphan Request for ndi-sdk

Eli Schwartz eschwartz at archlinux.org
Wed Feb 7 16:47:40 UTC 2018

On 02/07/2018 11:00 AM, Daniel Bermond via aur-requests wrote:
> The AUR user named 'pschichtel' have posted a comment on the ndi-sdk
> package webpage _nine_days_ ago, and I still have not answered it yet,
> mostly because it's just a suggestion about changes that he likes to be
> made on the PKGBUILD. I have not yet got the time to analyse everything,
> because it looks likes to be a total rewrite of the PKGBUILD. I don't
> even think that I should answer such posts because I, as the maintainer,
> don't agree with many of his proposed changes that I could gather at a
> quick and first look. He also have emailed me, but only now I can see
> that his e-mail got into the spambox, so I could still not answer yet.
> His e-mail is from February 3rd, 2018.

I too agree with your reasoning, and in some cases like the proposed
change to actually running the installer.sh feel that this is totally
wrong, serving no purpose except to run an obtuse script rather than
extracting a tarball.

Moving the headers to /usr/include/ndi-sdk does *not* make a lot of
sense considering that they are extremely unlikely to clash with
anything else, and moving to a subdirectory would cause the Arch Linux
package to require specifying -I/usr/include/ndi-sdk for projects that
need it rather than relying on the global /usr/include path. And there
is no pkg-config file to standardize this...

See how many repo packages have top-level headers...

> Of course the PKGBUILD can be improved, like adding a 'glibc' dependency
> and other things. But I don't think that this should be sufficient to
> raise an orphan request.

glibc does not "need" to be a dependency. A majority of packages in the
repos *and* the AUR require a working glibc, but we don't usually list
it as a dependency. glibc is in the base group, and dozens of vital
system components rely on it. If you don't have glibc installed, your
system is so completely and utterly borked, that ndi-sdk will not even
be noticed in the mess. ;)

That being said, there is certainly no rule against adding it. I
certainly wouldn't, though, just as I don't add dependencies on, say, bash.

It is really up to the maintainer.

> I don't think either that an unanswered post from _nine_days_ ago on the
> package webpage and an unanswered e-mail from _four_days_ ago should be
> sufficient for accepting an orphan request.
> So, I gently ask the AUR admins to reject this orphan request.

Some AUR users are nudniks. Ignore them. We do...

> Best regards,
> --
> Daniel M. Bermond
> e-Mail: danielbermond at yahoo.com

Eli Schwartz
Bug Wrangler and Trusted User

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