Subject: Re: Updating other people's packages
To: Roland Illig <>
From: David Brownlee <>
List: tech-pkg
Date: 02/07/2006 00:03:17
On Sat, 4 Feb 2006, Roland Illig wrote:

> David Brownlee wrote:
>>     If a package is owned by tech-pkg its available for anyone
>>     to update, but if it has a maintainer then its considered
>>     poilte to notify them before updating it. This can act as
>>     a deterrant for updating packages.
>>     Many of the packages for which I am the 'maintainer' I have
>>     no problems with anyone else updating.  Would there be any
>>     sense in having some way to differentiate these cases in
>>     Makefiles?
> There had been a long, long discussion at PkgsrcCon 2005 about this topic. 
> There was a suggestion to add a new variable SUPPORTERS which would hold all 
> the mail addresses of developers that are interested in the package and maybe 
> know some of the internals, but don't want/need to be asked for 
> modifications.
> This variable would be a good addition to MAINTAINER, as it is currently 
> defined by the pkgsrc guide:

 	Wonderful idea - would packages be able to have SUPPORTERS without

 	Is there any reason why this change could not be implemented?

 		David/absolute       -- No hype required --