Call for feedback on a Ports-collection change

Garance A Drosihn drosih at
Fri Jan 9 10:56:07 PST 2004

At 12:55 PM +0100 1/9/04, Roman Neuhauser wrote:
>  >
>>  Basically, I don't have a finalized idea on that.  That's
>>  the kind of feedback that I need from developers who are
>>  more experienced with ports than I am.
>     that won't work. you'll have to convince all the port
>     maintainers and submitters that the change you propose
>     won't make port creation and maintanance more laborous
>     than it is, and if you want to convince anybody, you
>     need a proof backed by experience.

I would like to think that asking the people who DO have the
experience, and making changes to my proposal based on THEIR
experience, would be enough.  There is no way that I am able
to become more-experienced than everyone who is already
working on ports.

There are a few things which are clear to me.  One of them is
that I have no direct access to the ports repository.  Thus, I
can not force this change upon the ports-committers unless they
themselves are attracted to the change.  So, here I am, asking
for input.  My goal is not to force something down anyone's
throats.  My goal is to come up with some workable changes
which would improve the ports collection.  I'm not even too
fixed on what "improve" has to mean.  I've got some ideas, but
if those ideas don't catch on then I'll just move on to other

I know I'm asking for time from everyone just to *think* about
my proposals, and that everyone is already busy.  But I can not
think of any other way to suggest changes to anything as large
and as constantly-dynamic as the ports collection.

Garance Alistair Drosehn            =   gad at
Senior Systems Programmer           or  gad at
Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute    or  drosih at

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