GPC 2006 (Pascal) -- deprecated or "expired"??
ade at FreeBSD.org
Sun Jun 5 03:21:17 UTC 2011
On Jun 04, 2011, at 21:36 , Mikhail T. wrote:
> On 04.06.2011 18:27, Doug Barton wrote:
>> The math on this is simple, there are maintainers willing to do the work, or not.
> It does not matter, whether there are any such maintainers, /if there is no work to do/. Neither lang/gpc nor databases/db2 (for one more example) required a maintainer at all, when they got "pre-emptively" killed...
Incorrect. But you already knew that. Fundamental infrastructure changes are coming. Yes, it's a cabal, and yes, you weren't invited. This will require "tweaking things". When that level of changes happens, things that are marked MAINTAINER=ports at FreeBSD.org are the _first_ to get nuked. Why? Because no-one actually cares enough to maintain things, as opposed to merely using them.
> Every port in the universe (interestingly, all of them happened to be in the Solar system), /that continues to build through changes in the base OS/. That's quite achievable -- in fact, we had just that until fairly recently...
Horsecrap[tm]. src/ changes are in fact the least of our worries (but you knew that already). Making Stuff Work[tm] through ports/ infrastructural changes is a whole different ball game. Surprisingly enough, we do spend considerable time working through edge cases to try to make <random-port> continue to function, but given a choice between making the infrastructure better, as opposed to a few MAINTAINER=ports@ things falling by the wayside. It's a no-brainer.
But you already knew that.
Enjoy your perfect universe. Those of us in the real world will make choices.
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