'gem release [gem_name]' and 'gem claim [gem_name]' commands

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Kieran P

23 Jan, 2010 07:07 PM

There is a gem that I pulled from Github, because I was trying to remove my Github gem source. The gem I pulled over does not belong to me, and I'd like to release it back into the public.

gem release [gem_name]

Which then leaves it ownerless. If the gem author decides to use Gemcutter, they may want to get the gem back, in which case, if it's still released, they might be able to do

gem claim [gem_name]

If the gem isn't released, claim would send an email to the owner providing the email address of the person you tried to claim it. They can then use 'gem owner --add' if they feel this person has a claim to the gem,

It would also be nice to see these controls on the web interface, though I understand if it only makes it to the gem.

  1. Support Staff 1 Posted by Nick Quaranto on 23 Jan, 2010 09:48 PM

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    This would be nice, but I really wonder how many gems are left where this is the case. I'd rather be writing features that would be helpful years down the line and not months while this transition is still happening.

  2. 2 Posted by Kieran P on 23 Jan, 2010 11:27 PM

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    Granted, for 'gem release', it might not be used once people have the right gem ownership.

    But I think 'gem claim' would still be useful down the line.

    The case I'm thinking of is like that of Capistrano. Onwer makes project, owner pushes gem, owner abandons, other person picks up work, other person wants to claim the gem to push new releases.

    Whether you decide to email the owner about the claiming, or do a 'claim moderation' panel for Gemcutter admins is up to you. Either way, getting requests for ownership transfer should be taken out of support forums and IRC channels, making it easier for all involved.

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