ports system woes

Frank Mayhar frank at exit.com
Wed Mar 26 07:16:01 PDT 2008

On Wed, 2008-03-26 at 15:00 +0100, Michel Talon wrote:
> Frank Mayhar wrote:
> > Portupgrade is, in fact, my preferred application, although
> > lately I've had to move to portmaster just because of the O(n^2)
> > inefficiencies.  It doesn't need to be replaced, it needs to be fixed,
> I have rarely seen such a wonderful contradiction between the two halves
> of the same sentence.

There's no "contradiction," Michel.  "Fixing" isn't the same thing as
"rewriting" and despite the fact that I'm using portmaster at the
moment, portupgrade _is_ my preferred application.

> > Oh, please.  The FreeBSD ports system works as well.  Instead of
> No, it doesn't or it does barely.

Do you even _use_ it?  It's working fine for me, modulo the few problems
that have been caused solely by the increase in size of the collection.

> > complaining, why don't you actually do someting about it?  Code speaks
> > louder than mere words.
> We have learnt recently that many people have brought code to the table,
> including myself,

You mean your python code?  What does it do that's useful?  I ran it and
it gives me a lot of output that's just not very interesting or useful
and doesn't offer to correct anything.  And what "many people?"  When
code is offered, I've seen it generally accepted, if it's complete.

If you think the ports system should be rewritten, rewrite it.  If it's
better than the existing solution, I'm sure the world will beat a path
to your door.  Otherwise, well, them's the breaks.

>  only to be scorned by people of your sort. I have yet
> to see people like you contributing any testing or discussion when code
> is offered, all you are good for is parrotting "Code speaks louder than
> mere words".

I'm not the one who is complaining that the ports system is "broken," Michel.
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