Time to mark portupgrade deprecated?

Beech Rintoul beech at freebsd.org
Mon Jul 25 19:15:02 UTC 2011

On Sunday 24 July 2011 18:30:04 Steve Wills wrote:
> On 07/24/11 22:20, Eitan Adler wrote:
> > At this point noone is maintaining portupgrade any more and a large
> > number of PRs have been filed against it (see
> > http://www.freebsd.org/cgi/query-pr-summary.cgi?text=portupgrade). No
> > one has stepped up to do the work to fix these bugs so it is time to
> > officially drop it.
> Personally, I agree it's time to drop it if no one is going to do the
> work to maintain it, which at this point it seems clear is not going to
> happen. I'd be happy to be proven wrong about that.
> So the question becomes, how do we go about doing it? First step would
> be changing the handbook. Most UPDATING entries seem to include both
> portupgrade and portmaster instructions these days, so that should be
> covered. The next issue would be warning portupgrade users, perhaps by
> marking the port DEPRECATED? I'd think a date a little longer than the
> usual month would be needed before expiring.

Why pick portupgrade when a lot of people (including myself) use it? There are 
probably 100's of ports more worthy of deprecation. Maybe there should be a 
policy to deprecate all unmaintained ports if nobody steps up. You can always 
drag it out of the attic if enough people squak and probably find someone to 
maintain it in the process.

Just my .02


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