Re: Splitting pkgmgr and portmgr

From: Tomoaki AOKI <>
Date: Fri, 07 Oct 2022 11:38:35 UTC
On Fri, 7 Oct 2022 12:49:23 +0200
Baptiste Daroussin <> wrote:

> Hello everyone,
> It's been a while since the ports management team (portmgr) needed some
> modernization and updates. To meet today's requirements, we are taking a first
> step: spliting portmgr and pkgmgr.
> While portmgr's charter does not change, the part of the responsibility
> regarding the packages management will now be delegated to pkgmgr under the
> portmgr umbrella.
> Package management (pkgmgr) team:
>   - its role is to work on the technical side of the package production:
>       + building official packages.
>       + running exp-runs.
>       + maintaining and upgrading the package build infrastructure.
>   - This team will be composed of people that are not part of the portmgr team
>     (no votes for instance) but still will receive the portmgr emails (like
>     lurkers) in a advisory function. Working on the package build

It would be worth considering to contain INDEX build.
Not all, but some of the causes of broken INDEX also causes package

For these cases, giving the authority of forcibly fix/revert
offending commit(s) to pkgmgr should greatly help, especially for
commits just before weekly package build starts.

>     infrastructure side they may have insights on subjects that are not clear
>     to most portmgr members.
> pkgmgr charter is:
>   - Make sure the ports tree remains functional, this includes running test
>     builds of proposed changes and reverting/fixing broken commits that break
>     the build.
>   - Maintain the automated package building cluster, and provide the resulting
>     packages for download by FreeBSD users.
> As such, bdrewery@ and antoine@ have stepped down from portmgr and joined
> pkgmgr.
> This change allows portmgr to focus on other areas of its charters, such as
> communicate more with the community, help and advise any member of the ports
> community to work on framework related changes, etc.
> More changes may happen in the near future when this change has landed.
> We would like to take the opportunity of this email to thank both antoine and
> bdrewery for the work and the time spent on portmgr, and whish them luck in
> their new role as pkgmgr.
> Best regards,
> Bapt on behalf of portmgr

Tomoaki AOKI    <>