How to determine the history of a port

Charlie Kester corky1951 at
Mon May 24 01:07:28 UTC 2010

On Sun 23 May 2010 at 17:05:04 PDT Julien Laffaye wrote:
>On Sun, May 23, 2010 at 4:46 PM, Paul Hoffman <phoffman at> wrote:
>> Greetings again. A few years ago, I proposed editors/emacs-nox11 and submitted a patch to create it, and thus became listed in the comments at the beginning of the Makefile (but I am not the package maintainer, I believe). Today I got a report that the package does not build; I verified this. I want to help the user, but I have no idea how the change that broke the build was added to the Makefile.
>> How do I find the history so I can find out who added the problematic line and figure out what they actually meant?
>You can find the CVS history via :
>- cvsweb at
>- freshports at

Another thing that is sometimes useful is to query the GNATS database
for closed PR's related to the port.  For example:

Interestingly, the only thing this turns up for emacs-nox11 is the
original PR that created the port -- which means any subsequent changes
were probably the result of some comprehensive updates each of which
affected several ports in one swoop.  

Or that the people submitting the PR's didn't follow the accepted
practice of including category & portname in the subject line. ;)

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