Subject: Re: Consulting MAINTAINER before updating a package
To: David Brownlee <email@example.com>
From: Tobias Nygren <tnn@NetBSD.org>
Date: 06/18/2007 16:30:23
On Mon, 18 Jun 2007 14:45:30 +0100 (BST)
David Brownlee <firstname.lastname@example.org> wrote:
> 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 -- email@example.com
I like the idea of having something in between "this is my package"
and "give it away to pkgsrc-users@". Giving packages to pkgsrc-users@
also has the negative side effect that there's nobody to whom PRs can