[HEADSUP]: Ports feature freeze now enforced

David Southwell david at vizion2000.net
Tue Sep 15 10:15:04 UTC 2009

> As an experiment, there will not be a complete ports freeze ahead of the
> release of 8.0.  To ensure that the tree is kept in a stable condition,
> we do need to have more discipline about the feature freeze we are
> currently using.  To achieve this, I have added a new tag to the commit
> log Feature safe: which needs to be set to yes explicitly for each
> commit.  While this is is tedious, it does mean that commits will be
> allowed without prior explicit approval from portmgr.  Portmgr is still
> working on a written set of rules for what is and isn't allowed during a
> feature freeze, so please use common sense for now, and try to err on
> the side of caution and contact portmgr when in any doubt.  Sweeping
> commits touching a large number of ports, shared library updates affect
> more than a trivial number of ports, you get the picture; anything that
> would require a rebuild of more than a trivial amount of ports is not
> allowed without prior approval from portmgr.  With the release only a
> few weeks off, we cannot afford any major mishaps, so be conservative.
> The feature freeze is enforced from right now and current plan is to tag
> the tree after RC1 is released.  There will be a short freeze while the
> tag is processed, and after that we will proceed with the ports slush as
> usual.
> Please consider your commits in this light and help make this experiment
> a success so we can avoid long freezes for future releases.
> -erwin
Please can we ensure the python bug can be fixed. I noiw have a problem 
python26 will not build and the maintainer has not fixed the port. He has not 
tested the routine that causes the failure and a lot of ports are dependent 
upon python26!!

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David Southwell

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