cvs commit: ports/net-p2p/mutella Makefile

Gavin Atkinson gavin at
Thu Apr 8 14:00:10 UTC 2010

On Thu, 2010-04-08 at 12:01 +0000, Alexey Dokuchaev wrote:
> On Thu, Apr 08, 2010 at 09:28:38AM +0000, Gavin Atkinson wrote:
> > gavin       2010-04-08 09:28:38 UTC
> > 
> >   FreeBSD ports repository (src committer)
> > 
> >   Modified files:
> >     net-p2p/mutella      Makefile 
> >   Log:
> >   Mark mutella as deprecated: the last release was 2004-08-26, so it is safe
> >   to say that this is now abandonware.
> I was under impression that last release date itself is not enough to
> deprecate otherwise working software.  Is there anything else wrong
> with this port?

1) It doesn't compile with newer versions of GCC.

2) It doesn't support newer versions of the Gnutella protocol

3) It doesn't correctly implement the versions of the protocol it does
implement, leading to some other Gnutella clients actively blocking

4) There are a couple of known bugs with this version, including

5) The default configuration that comes with Mutella no longer works, as
the referenced servers disappeared years ago - backing up the assertion
that it is abandonware.

6) Despite the last four points, I've never had a single PR about this
port.  I suspect nobody is using it.

7) Debian removed it from their packages on the 8th July 2008.

8) I am no longer interested in maintaining this port due to the effort
required to fix all of the above.

9) To run, mutella requires a TCP port open to the world.  Given all of
the above, I don't feel we can confidently say that this software is
without security holes, and it's safe to say there wouldn't be fixes for
them should security issues arise.

If, despite all of the above, somebody wishes to take on the port and
maintain it, they are welcome to do so.  The expiration date is six
months away.



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