deprecated ports

Baptiste Daroussin baptiste.daroussin at
Tue Mar 15 22:19:50 UTC 2011

2011/3/15 Charlie Kester <corky1951 at>

> I see there's been another few batch commits deprecating some
> unmaintained ports where "upstream is gone and/or distfile is no longer
> available."
> 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
> retained.
> 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.
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I am responsible for the deprecation and I have done more than just look if
the distfiles fetch (I fixed lot of them) I may have missed some for sure,
when when I deprecate sysutils/lookat I wasn't able to join the main website
nor to fetch a distfile.

About gimpshop it may be wrong, but one there website I only found windows
and mac binaries, nothing.

I am human and I can make mistakes. thanks pointing the mistakes.

I really will be happy to remove the deprecation and expiration if people
wanted to maintain or point me to the right WWW and MASTER_SITES for the
given ports.


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