Subject: Re: Consulting MAINTAINER before updating a package
To: David Brownlee <>
From: Johnny C. Lam <>
List: tech-pkg
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"
>         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.

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 <>