Port Maintainer?

Chris Maness chris at chrismaness.com
Sat Mar 18 17:45:09 UTC 2006

Mark Linimon wrote:
> On Thu, Mar 16, 2006 at 05:49:17PM -0800, Chris Maness wrote:
>> How does a person go about finding out if a port is being maintained?
> The canonical answer is cd <portname>;make maintainer but I only include
> that for completeness since you probably already know that.
> To find out if it is being _actively_ maintained, you can pull up the
> GNATS search page, enter the category/portname, and click 'closed reports
> too'.  Also, checking the CVS web page will reveal information.
> portsmon only keeps track of current PRs and ignores closed ones but you
> can at least see if there is a backlog.  portsmon's algorithm for assigning
> PR to portname is far better than using the GNATS search, which depends on 
> submitters correctly inserting the category/portname into the Synopsis.
>> or if the maintainer seems to be asleep at the wheel, what is the most 
>> tactful way to wake him up?  I have tried e-mailing the maintainer with 
>> no results.
> The correct thing to do is this case is to email portmgr at FreeBSD.org off-list
> and it's our duty to find out what's going on.
> mcl
Thanks for the response, it looks like the port maintainer finally fixed 
the problem though he never returned my e-mail.  Another user was also 
trying to get in touch, but no response.  In the future, who do you 
notify if a maintainer seems to be unresponsive?

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