- Maintain packages in the official repositories (aside from the core one).
- Maintain, manage, and watch over the operation of the AUR.
The generic term "package maintainer" is also used to describe any person maintaining a package, regardless of the repository, as described in Arch terminology#Package maintainer.
How do I become a Package Maintainer?
The minimum requirements to becoming a Package Maintainer are as follows:
- know basic shell scripting
- maintain a few packages in AUR with clean, high-quality PKGBUILDs
- basic community involvement (mailing list, forums, IRC)
- know Google-Fu
- a general idea of the kind of packages you want to maintain (basically, why do you want to become Package Maintainer?)
Even though you could become a Package Maintainer by merely fulfilling those minimum requirements, the people judging you during the standard voting procedure might expect more from you. Such as:
- involvement in the bug tracker (reporting, research, info)
- patches for Arch projects
- involvement in a few open-source projects (even if they are your own)
If you still feel up to becoming a Package Maintainer after reading these lines, the first step is to find two Package Maintainers who agree to sponsor you. Once sponsored, you should write a witty application signed with your GPG key to the aur-general mailing list.