i don't really want to argue this too much, but i do think that its
pretty fallacious to propose that because Arch makes it relatively
easy (like gentoo) to wrap the use of an svn repository in a
package-related system that users of the result of this process will
understand that there is really no difference between an explicit
checkout of svn and management of one's repository, and the
package-related tool version.
the alpha testers for a3 to date have all been extremely clear that
you don't bother checking it out unless you intend to (a) get on the
commit mailing list (b) regularly svn update (possibly a few times a
day on days when they are testing). i understand (now) that there is
nothing about the pkgbuild system in Arch that prevents either of
these two from still being the case. however, i don't believe that
even a majority of people who use the method will understand the need
for (a) and (b) or even just the general nature of what they're
there were 16 commits to svn within the last 20 hours. some of these
were deep changes to the way things work (though hopefully not
resulting in any visible breakage, we don't know, which is why its not
released yet). do you really think that arch linux users who are using
a pkgbuild to try this out have any grasp of what is going on?
maybe the answer, your answer, is "yes". i'm quite a bit more skeptical.
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