[aur-requests] Why were my makepkg forks deleted?

Caleb Maclennan caleb at alerque.com
Mon Aug 2 07:20:09 UTC 2021

Having any recopies on the AUR that blow up systems (such as destroying 
pacman) even for a few minutes could be considered a few minutes too 
much. I wasn't involved with the deletion and haven't even looked up who 
was, but I can easily defend that decision. Packages that broken can and 
should be removed post-haste and fixed versions discussed and posted 

In this case it looks like you have fixed the sources so it's probably 
fine to upload them again. You'll notice when you do that you need to 
pick up with the Git repository where you left off.

Also if you still expect this to be deployed only in an environment 
where `pacman` is not present or that has any other conflicting tooling 
I suggest adding `conflicts=(pacman)` or similar to block installation 
on places it does not belong.

But also if that is the case you should know that you're pretty deep in 
a grey area on the AUR where packages are *expected* to make some sense 
on regular Arch Linux systems even if they are only applicable for 
certain hardware or environments. Have you been following the 
aur-general discussions along those lines (e.g. Manjaro, arm platforms, 


On 2021-08-01 23:23, Hunter Wittenborn via aur-requests wrote:

> As of this morning, it looks like the following packages I'm 
> maintaining were deleted:
> - makedeb-makepkg
> - makedeb-makepkg-beta
> - makedeb-makepkg-alpha
> The reasoning for deletion for all three was as follows:
> "this package replace pacman with a empty file"
> This can be seen in the sources for the PKGBUILDs [1], but this was 
> just a packaging mistake that was left over from the Debian releases of 
> makepkg [2, 3] that I'm packaging (where pacman wouldn't normally be 
> present).
> These appear to have been deleted in less than 24 hours of the deletion 
> request going through, without me even having a chance to be able to 
> fix anything.
> Is it OK if I republish the packages? I can fix the issue, but I'm not 
> really sure what I did wrong in the first place that even deemed a 
> deletion that quickly.
> [1]: https://github.com/makedeb/makepkg/tree/alpha/PKGBUILDs/AUR
> [2]: https://github.com/makedeb/makepkg/tree/alpha/PKGBUILDs/MPR
> [3]: https://github.com/makedeb/makepkg/tree/alpha/PKGBUILDs/LOCAL
> ---
> Hunter Wittenborn
> https://www.hunterwittenborn.com
> https://github.com/hwittenborn
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