Subject: Consulting MAINTAINER before updating a package
To: None <firstname.lastname@example.org>
From: David Brownlee <email@example.com>
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 -- firstname.lastname@example.org