Subject: Re: Consulting MAINTAINER before updating a package
To: David Brownlee <>
From: Tobias Nygren <>
List: tech-pkg
Date: 06/18/2007 16:30:23
On Mon, 18 Jun 2007 14:45:30 +0100 (BST)
David Brownlee <> wrote:

>  	MAINTAINER currently has two meanings:
>  	  "Here is someone you can talk to about changes to this package"
>  	    or
>  	  "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 --

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
be assigned.