5.2-BETA and related ports issues

Mark Linimon linimon at lonesome.com
Sat Nov 29 15:02:05 PST 2003

On Sat, 29 Nov 2003, Dag-Erling Smørgrav wrote:
> Do you actually review ports Makefiles?

You _are_ kidding here, right?

Yes, the ports team does read over the ports Makefile.  Yes, the
bento cluster attempts to find all the problems that can be found
by automated processes.  Yes, my own code attempts to lint
inconsistencies in the ports collection.  Yes, other automated
scripts attempt to continually build /usr/ports/INDEX looking
for inconsistencies, and maintainers whose email address bounces,
and maintainers who might not have seen PRs about their ports
(maintainers who are not committers, in this case).  Yes,Bill
Fenner's script attempts to find all unfetchable ports.

I've seen other scripts that attempt to portlint the entire ports
hierarchy but I don't know if they run periodically.  They probably
ought to.

There are currently, as of this moment, 9722 ports in the tree.
It's not humanly possible to read over every line of every single
Makefile plus every single pkg-plist and grok them all.  The ports
folks rely on many eyes for help with this, just as with every
other line of code in FreeBSD.

There are certainly a lot of bugs in the ports tree.  If people
use send-pr for its intended purpose, specific bugs are more likely
to get fixed than by casual discussions on mailing lists.


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