FreeBSD ports that you maintain which are currently marked broken

Philip M. Gollucci pgollucci at
Thu Jan 21 08:30:34 UTC 2010

I'm all for dumping this one.  I can't for the life of me figure whats
changed with the linker.  And upgrading doesn't help.

Thoughts ?

On 1/21/2010 2:28 AM, linimon at wrote:
> Dear FreeBSD port maintainer:
> As part of an ongoing effort to reduce the number of problems in
> the FreeBSD ports system, we periodically notify users of ports
> that are marked as "broken" in their Makefiles.  In many cases
> these ports are failing to compile on some subset of the FreeBSD
> build environments.  The most common problem is that recent versions
> of -CURRENT include gcc4.2, which is much stricter than older versions.
> The next most common problem is that compiles succeed on the i386
> architecture (e.g. the common Intel PC), but fail on one or more
> of the other architectures due to assumptions about things such as
> size of various types, byte-alignment issues, and so forth.
> In occasional cases we see that the same port may have different
> errors in different build environments.  The script that runs on the
> build cluster uses heuristics to try to 'guess' the error type to
> help you isolate problems, but it is only a rough guide.
> One more note: on occasion, there are transient build errors seen
> on the build farm.  Unfortunately, there is not yet any way for this
> algorithm to tell the difference (humans are much, much better at
> this kind of thing.)
> The errors are listed below.  In the case where the same problem
> exists on more than one build environment, the URL points to the
> latest errorlog for that type.  (By 'build environment' here we
> mean 'combination of 6.x/7.x/-current with target architecture'.)
> (Note: the dates are included to help you to gauge whether or not
> the error still applies to the latest version.  The program
> that generates this report is not yet able to determine this
> automatically.)
> portname:           www/mod_musicindex
> broken because:     does not build
> build errors:       none.
> overview: 
> If these errors are ones that you are already aware of, please
> accept our apologies and ignore this message.  On the other hand, if
> you no longer wish to maintain this port (or ports), please reply
> with a message stating that, and accept our thanks for your efforts
> in the past.
> Every effort has been made to make sure that these error reports
> really do correspond to a port that you maintain.  However, due to
> the fact that this is an automated process, it may indeed generate
> false matches.  If one of these errors fits that description,
> please forward this email to the author of this software, Mark
> Linimon <linimon at>, so that he can attempt to fix the
> problem in the future.

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VP Apache Infrastructure; Member, Apache Software Foundation
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