- 1 Arch Linux Christmas Cleanup
Arch Linux Christmas Cleanup
Season's greetings, As December the 13th is approaching, I would like to extend a hand, to invite you all to a Christmas cleaning of our packages. As you may, or may not know, December the 13th is the longest night of the year, at least it were said to be so, before the Gregorian calender was introduced. If everything is not ready before Christmas, a group of restless dead souls will come at night and vandalize your property.   Also, the 13th of December is the date for several highly memorable events, which contributes to making it an appropriate date for a deadline for adopting orphans in [community] (before moving them to unsupported the 14th): * Pope Celestine V resigned the papacy, 13th of December 1294, after only five months. He was the third pope in history to resign voluntarily. Benedict IX resigned in May 1040, but soon regretted it, and returned to papacy. The reason for Pope Celestine V to resign was to hope to return to his previous life as an ascetic hermit.  * Malta became a republic within the Commonwealth of Nations, the 13th of December 1974. This occasion is marked every year as Republic Day (Maltese: Jum ir-Repubblika).  * Erik XIV, king of Sweden and ruler of Estonia was born, the 13th of December 1533. Unfortunately, he got mentally ill at the end of eight year of rule and was murdered, probably with arsenic.  * Robert Plot, the author of "Natural History of Staffordshire", was born the 13th of December 1640. He was the first man to describe the Abbots Bromley Horn Dance, an English folk dance involving reindeer antlers and a hobby horse. The event takes place each year in Abbots Bromley, a small village in Staffordshire, England.   * Niccolò Fontana Tartaglia, the first man to apply mathematics to the investigation of the paths of cannonballs, died the 13th of December 1557. His work was later validated by Galileo's studies on falling bodies.  * Ana Justina Ferreira Néri, considered to be the first Brazilian nurse, were born the 13th of December 1814.  With this freshly in mind, I hope there remains no doubt that this is the perfect date to gather up all the orphans for a big package cleanup. After the 13th of December (the 14th of December, then), we (TU's) will move all packages that are still orphans from [community] to unsupported (AUR). Maintaining [community] and unsupported are part of our mission.  For maintainers everywhere, giving extra care and attention to packages that are merely flagged is also looked upon with good favor, of course. That also goes for deleting or orphaning AUR packages that hasn't been working for a while (say, for the last 6 months). I hope you're all with me on this, and that we can stand together, as one, to move all orphans to unsupported and shed some dead weight from AUR. I'll end this with two perfectly suitable and hand-picked inspirational quotes: "Knowing is not enough; we must apply. Willing is not enough; we must do." - Johann Wolfgang von Goethe "The only way of finding the limits of the possible is by going beyond them into the impossible." - Arthur C. Clarke -- Happy Saint Lucy's Day, Alexander Rødseth Arch Linux Trusted User (xyproto on IRC, trontonic on AUR) References: Sorry, there are no available English translations for these:  http://no.wikipedia.org/wiki/Oskorei  http://no.wikipedia.org/wiki/Luciadagen#Eldre_Luciafeiring But, these are in English:  http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pope_Celestine_V  http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Republic_Day_%28Malta%29#13_December_in_Malta  http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Eric_XIV_of_Sweden  http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Robert_Plot  http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Abbots_Bromley_Horn_Dance  http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Niccolo_Fontana_Tartaglia  http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ana_N%C3%A9ri  http://aur.archlinux.org/trusted-user/TUbylaws.html#Mission
Orphaned community packages that should not be moved to unsupported
Valid reasons for keeping orphans in community are:
|dep||Dependency or optional dependency for a package in core/extra/community/multilib|
|imp||Too important for Arch Linux as a whole to move to unsupported (this is subjective, use good judgement)|
|ess||Essential for users of some languages (that typically isn't English)|
|mak||Make dependency for a package in core/extra/community/multilib|
Table of maintainers of packages that depend on one or more of the above orphans
These are also good suggestions for which maintainers might consider to adopt which orphans.
Orphaned community packages that should be moved to unsupported
If you adopt one of these, just write "adopted" next to the link in the table.
* = broken PKGBUILD (makepkg --source doesn't work)
¤ = needs to be removed from svn as well
Hi, The Christmas Cleanup became a success. Thanks to everybody that has contributed by adopting packages, editing the wiki page or giving suggestions for specific packages and how they should be handled. * At least 9 packages in [community] that were previously orphans have now been adopted. * 94 orphans have been moved to unsupported (AUR) * 61 orphans will be kept in [community] (hopefully they will be adopted later on) * 18 maintainers are being encouraged to adopt the orphans which their packages depend on Thanks. :) -- Warm wishes, Alexander Rødseth Arch Linux Trusted User (xyproto on IRC, trontonic on AUR)