FreeBSD ports: 1 unfetchable distfiles: mail/pop-before-smtp

Eric W. Bates ericx at
Wed Oct 8 08:21:23 PDT 2003

Sorry to reply directly.

I cannot repeat the failure to collect the distfile from the master.  In this case, the source is SourceForge; so MASTER_SITES=${MASTER_SITES_SOURCEFORGE}.  Every time I test, I collect from with no trouble.

I have just submitted a pr with a version update.

----- Original Message ----- 
From: "Bill "distfiles" Fenner" <fenner at FreeBSD.Org>
To: <ericx at>
Sent: Tuesday, October 07, 2003 1:01 PM
Subject: FreeBSD ports: 1 unfetchable distfiles: mail/pop-before-smtp

> Dear ericx at,
> You are listed as the FreeBSD port maintainer for 1 port
> whose distfiles [or main web pages] are not fetchable from their
> MASTER_SITES.  Could you please visit
> and correct the problems listed there?  The individual port with
> a problem is mail/pop-before-smtp.
> Note that the main port web page, as listed in the WWW: line
> of the pkg-descr, is checked just as though it was a port distfile.
> This is an unfortunate side effect of the architecture of the distfile
> survey reporting tool, but if you see a distfile being reported as
> not fetchable that's not actually a distfile, see if it's from the
> pkg-descr.
> If you have already corrected the problems and submitted a
> PR, please accept my thanks and apologies for the delay in getting the
> fixes into the tree.  This reminder is created automatically and does
> not (yet) have a way to know if a PR fixing the problem has been
> submitted.  Please do *NOT* send your response to me directly; I do
> not always have time to commit your fix; please instead submit a PR
> via 'send-pr' so it doesn't get lost.
> Problems are usually of two types:
> 1. The software package has been upgraded and the version in the
> port has been removed.  The best solution to this problem is to
> upgrade the port to the most current version of the software package.
> If you are a FreeBSD committer, then you can just upgrade the port
> directly.  If not, you should create the updated port on your own machine,
> test it (and maybe even run "portlint" on it), and then use "send-pr"
> to submit a "diff -uNr old-port updated-port".  If you added or deleted
> any files, please make an explicit note of it.
> 2. The mirror site being used no longer contains the software package
> in question, or no longer exists.  Solutions include:
> a) If there are other mirror sites, just remove the bad site
> from the list.  (Make sure that what appears to be a bad site
> isn't actually a problem of type 1, upgrade)
> b) If the README or other support files in the software
> documentation mention where to get the software package,
> use one of those sites.
> c) Use ftpsearch ( or other
> search engines to find another place to get the original
> DISTFILES.  Make sure that you don't pick a FreeBSD distfiles
> mirror -- if you can't find any other places where the file
> exists, it can be a LOCAL_PORT or you can simply comment out
> the MASTER_SITES= line, with a comment explaining why.
> Once you have a solution, use "send-pr" to submit a "diff -u" of the
> Makefile.
> Note that this isn't an urgent issue, as people who try to
> build the port now will just fall back to the FreeBSD distfiles mirror.
> Please just put it on your list to do and get to it when you have time.
> These messages will continue to arrive twice a month until the fix is
> committed, as a reminder.
> Thanks,
>   Bill "distfiles" Fenner.

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