ports missing their packages.

joeb joeb at a1poweruser.com
Wed Oct 29 08:52:55 UTC 2008

On Wed, October 29, 2008 9:09 am, FBSD1 wrote:
> It's my understanding that a port maintainer has to install the port for
> real any time a change is made to the port make files or a update to the
> source of the software to test and verify the changes work as wanted.
> Creating the package after this is just one command and a ftp upload to
> the
> package server. Why are maintainers being given approval to apply their
> changes without creating the required package? This is just lax management
> on the part of the people who do the authorizing of the changes. Missing
> packages increases user frustration level and makes FreeBSD look like its
> being mis-managed.
> An alternate solution to this problem is to allow users to upload missing
> packages to the package server direct or to a staging ftp server so
> port/pkg
> management staff can review first and them populate the production package
> server.

There is a certain guideline in place which committers follow. If you have
constructive feedback surely someone will listen to it. Spitting your
frustration is not likely to help. Do note that we have a lot of
maintainers which try to satify each and everyone of us, sending messages
like this is not going to help *you*.

I would have a strong opinion -against- people uploading towarsd the FTP
server directly. That will not be done. <period>.

To give you a better understanding; We have a ports-cluster which builds
packages and uploads them to the appropriate place on the FTP servers,
sometimes that takes a little to become available, donate more facilities
so that we can do that better. Also note that QAT (a ports tinderbox) runs
periodically to make sure every thing is just fine!


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-----Original Message-----
From: Remko Lodder [mailto:remko at elvandar.org]
Sent: Wednesday, October 29, 2008 4:17 PM
To: fbsd1 at a1poweruser.com
Cc: freebsd-questions at FreeBSD. ORG; ports at freebsd.org
Subject: Re: ports missing their packages.

Well if you have this cluster build process why have some ports never been
built all the way back to release 5.0 like kdenetwork-kopete-0.12.8. That is
almost 3 years of waiting to get in the cluster build process. I am grateful
to the maintainers for the great job they do, but completing the job by
building the package is such a small additional task in light of they
already have everything in place to build the package.
Posting a email to ports at freebsd.org or posting a bug report about package
missing does not get the missing package built. Its just considered as
background noise. I have brought this problem to light in past years and new
releases keep coming out with the same packages missing.

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