Question about creating a port for saga gis

B. Estrade estrabd at
Sun Nov 15 14:41:14 UTC 2009

On Sun, Nov 15, 2009 at 10:10:39AM +0100, Rainer Hurling wrote:
> On 15.11.2009 09:35 (UTC+1), Scott Bennett wrote:
> >     On Sat, 14 Nov 2009 10:41:58 +0100 Rainer Hurling <rhurlin at>
> >wrote:
> >>I am working on a new port math/saga. It is my first port.
> >>
> >>Now that I am able to directly download the sources of SAGA GIS from 
> >>sourceforge (thanks to Eygene Ryabinkin and Sergey V. Dyatko), there is 
> >>another problem with porting where I need some help.
> >>
> >>The original configure script of SAGA GIS expects 'wx-config', but in 
> >>newer FreeBSD systems there only is e.g. wxgtk2-2.8-config.
> >>
> >>The porters handbook shows how to configure the ports Makefile to let 
> >>the port know what wxWidget version to use. I patched the original 
> >>configure script but obviously that's not enough. The attached files are 
> >>saved under math/saga and show what I have tried.
> >>
> >     Why are you putting saga into math?  It should be in databases, like
> >grass and postgis are, or conceivably in science.  I don't see any reason
> >for it to be in math.
> For me SAGA is clearly a mathematical application. In the porters 
> handbook you can read at chapter 5.3.2 for 'science' category:
> "Scientific ports that do not fit into other categories such as astro, 
> biology and math."
> So I chose 'math'.

If I may "bikeshed", it's probably more appropriately in 'science'
given that there is no 'geo' category similar to 'astro' or 'biology':

It seems to be much more than a mere plotting tool, and is certainly
not a math library or "laboratory" (e.g., Octave).

Take a look at the types of applications in 'math' vs 'science', and it
should be clear that it is general enough to belong in

Just my $0.02...


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