becoming a port committor

Beech Rintoul beech at
Sun Nov 21 05:14:40 UTC 2010

On Saturday 20 November 2010 06:41:01 Fbsd8 wrote:
> I have a lot of free time now that I am retired. I see a large number of
> ports in open status that have been waiting to be committed longer than
> 30 days.

A lot of these ports or the associated patches have problems or are in the 
wrong format. As for new ports, not all get committed for various reasons.
Feel free to correct any problems and resubmit. Read the "FreeBSD Porter's 
Handbook" and "Contributing to the FreeBSD Ports Collection".
> What is the procedure to become a ports committor?

There is no hard and fast procedure. You must be invited, approved by portmgr@ 
and undergo a period of mentorship. If approved, your mentor will decide when 
you're ready to commit on your own.

Here are some guidelines:

Contribute approx. 50 pr's with patches that are consistently coded and prove 
to work (and in the right format) no shar files please.

Make your presence known on #bsdports and answer questions correctly.

Have the ability to take (and act on) constructive criticism from senior 
maintainers, committors and portmgr.

Understand and follow FreeBSD guidelines and procedures.

Above all, be an asset and get along well with others in the project.

If you do all of this you will be noticed and a mentor will likely contact 

Good Luck,


Beech Rintoul - FreeBSD Developer - beech at
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