Has the port collection become to large to handle.

Spadge spadge at fromley.net
Sun May 14 15:24:47 UTC 2006

fbsd wrote:
> fbsd wrote:

> *********  so working with in that same procedure the  maintainer
> passes the packages to the audit people and they pass it on.
> No problem with this at all.

Thus removing any kind of streamlining to speed up releases of new versions?

> **** the port make method will still be there for all ports with
> limited usage history, it will just not have a package for it
> because
> it has limited usage.

And this is the crux of the matter. Would phpmyadmin have a php5/mysql4 
version? Or do the majority of users use php4 still? And are there more 
test boxes than there are production servers?

Is it fair to say the most commonly used ports are not the most commonly 
used packages? I would imagine that something like KDE would be a hugely 
popular package, on account of the sheer size of the beast, but that it 
wouldn't be the most popular port due to the number of people who don't 
run a GUI on their system.

There is also the fact that you could fairly easily abuse this system if 
you wanted your software to be included in the 'most commonly used' 
list, by just hammering the server.

> ******** There is no privacy issues. Passing cookies is normal and
> done as matter of fact by most commercial websites and any website
> that
> uses php session control makes cookies by default.
> This is a no-issue issue.

Every browser on the planet has the option to disable cookies (in the 
same way that email clients have the option of indenting quoted text - 
it's a standard required feature). This is because it is a privacy 
issue. Different people have different views on what privacy is or 
isn't, and that's nine tenths of the entire point: we don't get to 
decide what their privacy levels are, they do.

I can totally understand why you think this system would be better for 
you. I just hope you can understand why it wouldn't be better for 
everyone, nor even for the majority of people.

Now, Marc G. Fournier's dynamic personalised ports tree suggestion ... 
that's a *real* idea.


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