Since i became trusted users i’ve seen in the paste months an increasing number of packages submitted in AUR that are in our official repositories. But i don’t want to talk more about this since there is already a rule in our AUR User Guidelines.
I want to talk what you should do when a build already exists in AUR but for a reason needs to be updated and is not yours:
- submit in comments an up to date PKGBUILD
- if the maintainer doesn’t update it, send him an email
- ask the maintainer if he wants to orphan it
- send an email to aur-general asking for orphaning
Some user ignore the above and submit a new PKGBUILD with a different name. This in my opinion is the worst thing that can happen since users will be confused and doesn’t know what to use(in the past we had a lot of builds doing the same thing for chromium) and trusted users will have a lot of work trying to clean AUR. A good example is opera which have no more no less than 20 builds.