FreeBSD ports: 1 unfetchable distfile: net/freenx

dewey hylton freenx at
Wed Feb 7 13:40:47 UTC 2007

Quoting Bill distfiles Fenner <fenner at>:

> Dear freenx at,
> 	You are listed as the FreeBSD port maintainer for 1 port
> whose distfiles are not fetchable from their MASTER_SITES.  Could
> you please visit
> and correct the problems listed there?  The individual port with
> a problem is net/freenx.
> 	If you have already corrected the problems and submitted a
> PR, please accept my thanks and apologies for the delay in getting
> the fixes into the tree.  This reminder is created automatically
> and does not (yet) have a way to know if a PR fixing the problem
> has been submitted.  Please do *NOT* send your response to me
> directly; I do not necessarily have time to commit your fix; please
> instead submit a PR via 'send-pr' so it doesn't get lost.
> 	Problems are usually of two types:
> 1. The software package has been upgraded and the version in the
> port has been removed.  The best solution to this problem is to
> upgrade the port to the most current version of the software package.
> If you are a FreeBSD committer, then you can just upgrade the port
> directly.  If not, you should create the updated port on your own machine,
> test it (and maybe even run "portlint" on it), and then use "send-pr"
> to submit a "diff -uNr old-port updated-port".  If you added or deleted
> any files, please make an explicit note of it.
> 2. The mirror site being used no longer contains the software package
> in question, or no longer exists.  Solutions include:
> 	a) If there are other mirror sites, just remove the bad site
> 	from the list.  (Make sure that what appears to be a bad site
> 	isn't actually a problem of type 1, upgrade)
> 	b) If the README or other support files in the software
> 	documentation mention where to get the software package,
> 	use one of those sites.
> 	c) Use a search engine to find another place to get the original
> 	DISTFILES.  Make sure that you don't pick a FreeBSD distfiles
> 	mirror -- if you can't find any other places where the file
> 	exists, it can be a LOCAL_PORT or you can simply comment out
> 	the MASTER_SITES= line, with a comment explaining why.
> Once you have a solution, use "send-pr" to submit a "diff -u" of the
> Makefile.
> 	Note that this isn't an urgent issue, as people who try to
> build the port now will just fall back to the FreeBSD distfiles mirror.
> Please just put it on your list to do and get to it when you have time.
> These messages will continue to arrive twice a month until the fix is
> committed, as a reminder.
> Thanks,
>   Bill "distfiles" Fenner.

the distfiles aren't available at any (stable) site as far as i can tell. in an
effort to make this right, i looked into the "LOCAL_PORT" idea. i couldn't find
it mentioned in the porter's handbook, and this is all i found in the current
ports tree:

lamp62# find . -type f -name Makefile -exec grep -iH local_port {} \;
./japanese/makejvf/Makefile:MASTER_SITE_SUBDIR= asami/LOCAL_PORTS
./sysutils/extipl/Makefile:MASTER_SITES= \

can you point me to documentation that describes "LOCAL_PORT" please? and if
you're a committer, feel free to comment out the MASTER_SITES line as suggested
above. otherwise, i'll eventually figure something out.

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