Auto-saving distfiles on freebsd

Kris Kennaway kris at
Wed Jul 23 14:51:11 UTC 2008

cpghost wrote:
> On Tue, Jul 22, 2008 at 11:47:04PM -0700, Ted Mittelstaedt wrote:
>> Another problem with ports is that all of them like pulling the
>> original source from the author's site.  I've had a few where the
>> author released the code under GPL then a few years later lost
>> interest, stopped paying whatever ISP he had the main site for
>> the program at, and the porter also lost interest in the project
>> and never bothered obtaining the last available tarfile from
>> the authors site and uploading it to freebsd, then both disappeared.
>> Another one I can recall is the gated code, similar issue.
> Why not add this to pointyhat scripts? Just upload a copy of every
> *new* distfile ever encountered from the author's page to freebsd
> (unless there are legal constraints not to do so, of course)?

We've regularly collected and published port distfiles for at least a 
decade (with increasingly higher frequency as disk space came to 
permit).  It may come as no surprise that Ted is talking out of his ass 
again :)


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