Subject: Consulting MAINTAINER before updating a package
To: None <>
From: David Brownlee <>
List: tech-pkg
Date: 06/18/2007 14:45:30
 	MAINTAINER currently has two meanings:

 	  "Here is someone you can talk to about changes to this package"


 	  "Consult this person before you make any changes to this package"

 	I think most packages fall into the first category (I think
 	all of mine do), but there are some of the second. I'd like
 	to suggest we add another value to Makefiles for the second
 	meaning. Something like

 	    MAINTAINER.notes = Please consult me before updating this package

 	The status quo results in some people updating packages where
 	the maintainer would prefer they did not, and others not perfoming
 	quick updates because they don't want to go to the bother of
 	passing the changes by the maintainer.

 			   David Brownlee --