Subject: Re: Consulting MAINTAINER before updating a package
To: Greg Troxel <>
From: Julio M. Merino Vidal <>
List: tech-pkg
Date: 06/18/2007 21:54:23
On 18/06/2007, at 20:04, Greg Troxel wrote:

> I'm not sure we have a problem.  Sometimes I want to change packages
> with MAINTAINER= someone else, and I just email them.  Just declaring
> that if the change is arguably reasonable (best guess is that  
> there'd be
> no objection) and no answer in 24 hours, or no answer in 72 hours,  
> then
> go ahead.
> But, it seems easy enough to add a
> as a way to encode the request to contact, or =weak to say "feel  
> free to
> modify, or to ask for help, as you please".
> (I'd set weak on pretty much all the packages I maintain, so would  
> make
> that the default.)

Why does this need to be a *variable*?  Will it be of any use,  
anywhere in the pkgsrc infrastructure?  If not it should be a comment  
as Johnny (IIRC) mentioned.

Julio M. Merino Vidal <>