duration of the ports freeze

Garrett Cooper youshi10 at u.washington.edu
Sat Dec 1 15:27:43 PST 2007

Stephen Montgomery-Smith wrote:
> On Sat, 1 Dec 2007, Aryeh M. Friedman wrote:
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>> David Southwell wrote:
>>> On Saturday 01 December 2007 11:54:40 Stephen Montgomery-Smith
>>> wrote:
>>>> On Sat, 1 Dec 2007, David Southwell wrote:
>>>>> On Saturday 01 December 2007 10:28:40 Erik Trulsson wrote:
>>>>>> Personally, as a user, I have never really been even slightly
>>>>>>  inconvienced by any of the ports tree freezes.
>>>>> All I can say is bully for you! The question is how do we get
>>>>> rid of a p[roblem even if it is not a disadvantage for you
>>>>> personally. It is disappointing when one hears arguments not to
>>>>> change simply because one particular individual is not
>>>>> disadvantaged by a currently illogical and antiquated solution
>>>>> to a problem that will inevitably grow as the number of ports
>>>>> increase.
>>>>> We need to grasp the nettle while we may!!
>>>> I think that you and Aryeh are not getting that it is not just
>>>> "bully for you."  There is a major effort required to change the
>>>> way we do ports. Even if the current system has some
>>>> imperfections, you have to persuade the FreeBSD community that
>>>> the benfits of fixing things are greater than the costs.
>>>> My personal assessment is that now is NOT the time to grap the
>>>> nettle. Over time the ports system will acquire more and more
>>>> problems, until perhaps in ten or twenty years time it will be
>>>> unusable.  Then it will be time to fix it, when we have a clearer
>>>> picture of what all the problems really are.  Or maybe by then
>>>> things will have happened that make this whole issue moot.  I
>>>> just don't think it is worth the effort to fix this problem now,
>>>> especially when the benefits will only be to a few power users.
>>> Just who does not get it!! This reminds me of  the presidential
>>> "there is no such thing as global warming" response to climate
>>> change debate. Wait for twenty years until events force us to fix
>>> it and then we will do something.
>>>> Look, its good that you feel the freedom to complain, and
>>>> advocate for change.  But don't get upset when others say they
>>>> like the status quo.  They need to have freedom to say their
>>>> piece too.
>>> The issue is about responsibility. Clearly the price of status quo
>>> is at minimum inconvenience for many and at worst unacceptable
>>> interference for an undefined number. What is wrong with trying to
>>> fix it now? Those who advocate change are not trying to get a fix
>>> it to make life worse for anyone. There is nothing wrong with
>>> change!!
>> I am willing to put my code where my mouth is if we can get a good
>> percentage of ports into a new system to test the two side by side
>> (say the entire xorg meta port)... note to the skeptics out there this
>> is not meant to replace ports just be a proof of concept for a
>> possible replacement.
> Excellent idea!

    Just thought I'd note: I've just restarted my SoC work on 
pkg_install and will be working into next year, so don't worry about 
that loose end..

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