duration of the ports freeze

Aryeh M. Friedman aryeh.friedman at gmail.com
Sat Dec 1 09:28:33 PST 2007

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> The balance needs shifting and a method  that does not demand a
> freeze is now IMHO essential.

I might be wrong in this but much of the freeze seems to be due to
incomplete information being maintained on the interaction of
different ports.... for example in a discussion of why xorg is so
bloated I pointed out:

1. xorg-server does a very bad job on fonts dependicies (it installs
almost no fonts)
2. many xorg-apps assume they are being installed as a part of the
metaport and do not sufficently check their own dependicies.
3. xorg and other long tool chains show some major weaknesses in the
ports system:
    a. Inconsitent overridding or lack there of the config target
    b. Due to bad management of the dependancy DAG you are forced to
use meta ports
    c. Due to c there is much less orthangonality then there should be
between ports

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