How to patch and fix a broken port?

Rob Lahaye lahaye at
Sun Sep 21 21:00:31 PDT 2003


I have never done this. So I apologize for my ignorant questions...

Last week I discovered that the molden port is broken in many ways
(md5 sum wrong, install broken etc.). I reported it to the freebsd-ports
mailing list and to the maintainer. I even attached a 'sort of' patch
that fixed the build in a followup email, but never got any response,
nor has the port been fixed.

So what to do with broken ports like that?

I can imagine that ports are broken and remain broken if nobody
ever uses them or installs them. But as soon as a port is noticed
as broken, it is necessary to get it fixed.

How is the general procedure to get this done?

Please bare with me: I'm mainly a port user. I know how to install
ports etc. I have no idea about generating and maintaining ports.

So here we go again: the molden port is broken, but easy to fix
(see my earlier emails on the molden port!)


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