Subject: Re: Consulting MAINTAINER before updating a package
To: David Brownlee <email@example.com>
From: Johnny C. Lam <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Date: 06/18/2007 10:43:24
David Brownlee 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.
This could easily be done (and is currently done in some packages) by
putting a comment above the MAINTAINER variable. Nothing fancy needed
there, and if you're updating the package, presumably you're reading the
Makefile already to determine the MAINTAINER.
-- Johnny Lam <email@example.com>