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[RFC] Scriptlets Maintenance Manual


Our scriptlets repository, as it stands, lacks clear guidelines for introduction and maintenance procedures. As a result, this repository is littered with scripts without documentation and proper licensing declarations.

This manual intends to define such procedures, and also describe rules intentionally omitted (and the reasoning for such omissions).

What is a "Scriptlet"

A scriptlet is a script that provides a (very) specific functionality, which works with a larger project. For instance, our pushpkg script works with our packaging toolset (Autobuild3, ACBS, and Ciel) and repository infrastructure (LDAP account authentication, uploading, etc).

These scripts are often small and does not warrant a full GitHub repository (or really, a project) to maintain and improve. They are therefore collected in our scriptlets repository.

Introducing New Scriptlets

Since scriptlets are small, they could be introduced without much process. However, several procedures should be observed to maintain relative orderliness in the repository.

Individual scriptlet, or a group of (tightly) related scriptlets...

Maintaining Scriptlets

Maintainers may take their liberty in how their own scriptlet(s) should be maintained. However, such maintenance procedures must be documentated in a README or CONTRIBUTING document. This is to prevent an orphaned (but possibly useful) scriptlet from being left unmaintainable.