duration of the ports freeze
linimon at lonesome.com
Sat Dec 1 11:29:48 PST 2007
On Sat, Dec 01, 2007 at 11:56:42AM -0600, Stephen Montgomery-Smith wrote:
> These are all reasonably good suggestions for how to get around the ports
> freeze. But they will come with a price, namely someone has to implement
> these changes (which I guess one of you would do)
fwiw, one of the pkgsrc committers estimates that it takes around 5 people
to handle the work of having a branched tree.
> Furthermore the FreeBSD project tends to be conservative and resistant to
> big changes.
We have such a large install base that we feel we have to be, in some
> So what I think you need to do is to really convince others that the port
> freeze is not just an inconvenience/frustration (and personally I agree
> with you here), but that it is a major shortcoming with the current
No one will argue that it's not an inconvenience and a frustration --
and, fwiw, a lot more work for the committers (and portmgr).
I'm still not exactly clear on why not having the latest-and-greatest
port is such a drawback. Yes, you're losing bugfixes on those in the
meantime, but we're catching up on bugfixes on the other ones. Security
updates go in in any case.
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