Has the port collection become to large to handle.

Panagiotis Astithas past at ebs.gr
Mon May 15 08:18:03 UTC 2006

Mark Linimon wrote:
> On Sun, May 14, 2006 at 02:04:55PM +0300, Panagiotis Astithas wrote:
>> I believe that one solution to the scalability problem of creating and 
>> maintaining updated packages, would be to decentralize it more. Each 
>> time I submit an update for one of the ports I maintain, I've already 
>> build the relevant packages, as a QA measure. There should be no need to 
>> wait for the ports cluster to build the official version, instead of 
>> using my own, modulo perhaps the higher quality assurance you'd get from 
>> Kris's build infrastructure.
> You have built the package for one build environment (buildenv).  There
> are 12.  See http://portsmon.freebsd.org/portsoverall.py.

Quite right. But I think that would still be helpful to the majority of 
users (of packages). If a maintainer can't build a package for a 
particular build environment due to lack of resources, we can always use 
the regular cluster builds for these architectures. We just gained a 
more timely release of the most wanted package(s), no?

Frankly, the availability of up-to-date packages is the only issue from 
this thread I really care about. I've been contemplating about graphical 
package installers for FreeBSD for some time and most ideas fall short 
since there would not be much point in using a package installer 
without... er... packages :-)



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