cvs commit: ports/games/8kingdoms Makefile ports/misc/airoflash Makefile ports/graphics/autopano-sift Makefile ports/x11/avant-window-navigator-xfce4 Makefile ports/lang/boo Makefile ports/x11/cl-clx-sbcl Makefile ports/palm/coldsync ...

Pietro Cerutti gahr at
Tue Apr 10 12:21:44 UTC 2012

On 2012-Apr-10, 06:56, Mark Linimon wrote:
> On Tue, Apr 10, 2012 at 01:45:38PM +0200, Frederic Culot wrote:
> > To conciliate such a necessary action without hurting the feelings of those
> > maintainers who despite their work could not update the state of their port in a
> > timely manner, maybe it would be good to be more verbose in the log of such
> > commits. Inspired by linimon's emails, something like the following could be
> > added:
> I do get some responses from maintainers to those emails, and (except
> in the cases where the email gets stuck in my mbox) I honor their requests
> for an extension.  OTOH in general I get personal replies and not replies
> to the list, so people aren't seeing that interaction in public.
> From my standpoint, by the time something has been broken for 6 months,
> the maintainer will have already gotten multiple emails from portsmon.
> So, I'm going to have to say I'm a little frustrated if I need to send
> another round of mail even on top of that.

That's exactly my point: maintainers are very likely to know the situation
by the time these deprecation campaigns set off, and committing to their
ports without prior approval is in contrast with our policy.

I still do not see the necessity to deprecate maintained ports, even
though a port might be maintained as broken for a long period of time.
The maintainer might be waiting for something to happen either upstream
or in our infrastructure, which could release the port from brokenness.

Pietro Cerutti
The FreeBSD Project
gahr at

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