deprecated ports

Charlie Kester corky1951 at
Tue Mar 15 22:16:45 UTC 2011

On Tue 15 Mar 2011 at 14:59:57 PDT Jason Helfman wrote:
>On Tue, Mar 15, 2011 at 02:58:01PM -0700, Charlie Kester thus spake:
>>I see there's been another few batch commits deprecating some
>>unmaintained ports where "upstream is gone and/or distfile is no longer
>>Maintainers and prospective maintainers should be sure to look at the
>>ports listed in these commits.  I don't think much effort was made to
>>check the availability of the distfiles.  Instead, it seems that all
>>that was done was to try the MASTER_SITES, etc. from the port Makefiles,
>>and if the fetch failed, onto the list they went.
>>NOTE: I'm NOT saying the committers' procedure was too lazy or anything
>>like that.  There are a lot of these broken ports in the tree, and
>>deprecation seems like a reasonable step to take -- especially if the
>>result is to trigger some action from people who want to see these ports
>>I just rescued one of these, sysutils/lookat, that was deprecated a few
>>days ago.  I followed the WWW link in the pkg-descr, found that the
>>author's website was still up and that the distfile could still be
>>downloaded -- but the download url had changed.  So all the port needed
>>was a tweak to the MASTER_SITES.
>>Today I see that the fairly popular graphics/gimpshop has also been
>>deprecated.  Here the WWW link from pkg-descr also fails, but a quick
>>websearch found the new (?) official website for this app:
>>, where the distfile is available for download.
>>So here's another one that can be easily rescued.
>>And I'll bet there are more.
>To this point I just found another:
>sysutils/idled was just deprecated the other day.
>In following some weblinks, I found that doinkd has replaced it:
>Maybe the DEPRECATION line should be altered.

Two more found with a simple web query:

finance/xinvest and finance/xquote are now on sourceforge.

BTW, I don't use either of these, or gimpshop, so I'm not going to fix
the ports myself.  Instead, I'll leave that to anyone who's interested.

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