ports freeze and portaudit alerts
cswiger at mac.com
Sun Oct 10 14:04:00 PDT 2004
Dick Davies wrote:
> But I'm a little alarmed by the pre 5.3 release ports freeze - portaudit has
> flagged an awful lot of packages as having holes and refused to install them.
[ ... ]
> I just wondered if there is a policy to not upgrade ports under any
> circumstances, or if this is just an oversight? I can imagine this would make
> me very twitchy if I was running production boxes during a freeze....
> or have I missed something, and this doesn't affect 4.* users?
The ports freeze slows down the rate at which changes are made to ports, but
important changes like security fixes will still happen, and permitted after
approval from <portmgr at freebsd.org>.
Your question prompts another, however, which is:
"How long is too long to keep the ports tree frozen?"
I suspect that there would exist less busywork between portmgr@ and maybe re@
if the ports tree was frozen not during the entire beta cycle, but starting a
week or so before the RC versions come out.
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