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#1 2013-05-15 21:36:58

masutu
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Registered: 2010-01-30
Posts: 40

adopt, refresh, orphan package: bad style or legit?

Hi guys,
i got a question. Sometimes i stumble across packages which are out of date and orphaned, but i want to test/ temporarly use. So i create my own working PKGBUILD (with minor patches/updates). But i wouldn't be a long term user/maintainer of the package. Is it considered bad style to adopt, refresh and instantly orphan a package, like beeing an unreliable packager? Or is it legit to do so?
Some of my own thoughts so far:

  • Pro(adopt, refresh, orphan):
    Better to have a working but unmaintained PKGBUILD than a broken, unmaintained package

  • Contra:
    Packages become more unreliable/unstable. Afaik there is no version control for AUR packages. Maybe there was a 'deeper' reason for orphaning and ood'ing the package, so a quick and dirty update makes things worse.

Looking forward to your opinions.

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#2 2013-05-15 21:44:55

karol
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Registered: 2009-05-06
Posts: 25,427

Re: adopt, refresh, orphan package: bad style or legit?

Adopting, updating and orphaning is OK.
Alternatively, you can post the updated PKGBUILD or a link to it in the comments.

There's also git for the contents of the AUR http://pkgbuild.com/git/aur-mirror.git/

Last edited by karol (2013-05-15 21:46:33)

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#3 2013-05-18 11:35:34

Mr.Elendig
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Registered: 2004-11-07
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Re: adopt, refresh, orphan package: bad style or legit?

Better than doing nothing or adopting then never updating, if you don't have the time to maintain the package in the long run. Avoids the hassle of having to post orphan request on aur-general when someone else wants to take over maintenance etc. (since noone ever responds when you email them asking for them to orphan the package)

Last edited by Mr.Elendig (2013-05-18 11:36:24)


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#4 2013-05-18 15:39:42

ewaller
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Registered: 2009-07-13
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Re: adopt, refresh, orphan package: bad style or legit?

Mr.Elendig wrote:

since noone ever responds when you email them asking for them to orphan the package

I guess I am a no one sad


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#5 2013-05-19 12:25:42

Mr.Elendig
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Registered: 2004-11-07
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Re: adopt, refresh, orphan package: bad style or legit?

ewaller wrote:
Mr.Elendig wrote:

since noone ever responds when you email them asking for them to orphan the package

I guess I am a no one sad

my-name-is-nobody.jpg


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