sysutils/diskcheckd needs fixing and a maintainer

Chris Rees utisoft at
Wed Aug 17 15:47:07 UTC 2011

On 17 August 2011 15:36, Julian H. Stacey <jhs at> wrote:
> Hi,
> Reference:
>> From:         Chris Rees <utisoft at>
>> Date:         Wed, 17 Aug 2011 12:18:05 +0100
>> Message-id:   <CADLo83-kEaQyFOiR45WmYdOru8vqu-MhAgb9p=OhjOo-TVUwfQ at>
> Chris Rees wrote:
>> Hi all,
>> I'm trying to clear some PRs from freebsd-ports-bugs, and I've found
>> that sysutils/diskcheckd is in need of some attention.
>> It doesn't appear to have been developed (or maintained) since 2001,
>> and has a PR associated with it that looks a little tricky (koitsu@
>> has attempted to investigate a similar of these a while ago).
>> I've set it DEPRECATED to expire in two months, after which I'm going
>> to remove it if it's not fixed...
> I browsed the 2 URLs.
> It seems extreme to remove a port, just to close those send-prs.
> Better to leave the port marked as having some run errors in some
> circumstances, that we dont have manpower for, but leave port in
> tree.

We don't want to provide broken software.

> Many are not accustomed to look in Attic.  If its still in tree
> others may find it, & port any newer version.

The only sources for the port are in the tree-- upstream is whoever
picks it up to maintain.

> At least it compiles.  If removed, some people who look for such a
> tool might not know it exists & already ported. Fixing a tool that
> has already been easily found & built, is easier than
> finding, porting & fixing.

No, see above. We don't provide broken software.

> Those who have been helped by a pre-existant ports/ Makefile are
> more likely to contribute a replacement upgrade.  Those that have
> to do their own finding & porting are less likely to contribute
> their upgrade.

Not sure what you're talking about here.

> If you'r trying to force find/ blackmail ;-) a MAINTAINER, you could also ask:
>        freebsd-fs at
> + those who filed the 2 x send-pr
>        Jeremy Chadwick <koitsu at>

Doubt it -- he left us a while ago.

>        Vincent Poy <vincepoy at>

The PR he sent was left 18 months with no reply -- since he hasn't
provided a patch I don't want to bug him for one. I have updated the
PR however which he will receive notice of.

> I guess you already notified creator
>        David W. Chapman Jr. (dwcjr at

dwcjr moved the program from src to ports, he's not the creator. I
copied ben and phk in because they were involved in the original -- I
certainly don't want to bother the guy who wanted to remove it in the
first place.

I'm not trying to force find / blackmail anyone, I'm saying 'This
software is broken, if you want FreeBSD to continue to support/provide
it someone needs to fix it.'


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