dougb at FreeBSD.org
Wed Mar 16 04:17:06 UTC 2011
On 03/15/2011 15:16, Charlie Kester wrote:
> 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.
I think you've been very diplomatic in your approach, so to be clear I
don't have a problem with either the content or method of your messages.
That said, I think that un-deprecating these ports just because someone
can find a distfile somewhere is the wrong approach. bapt has been very
careful to only deprecate ports that are on the absolute bottom of the
pile. They are unmaintained, and unfetchable. That's generally a very
good indication that they are also unused. Thus marking them deprecated
to see if anyone picks them up, and then removing them if not, is the
right approach. I also think that what you did with sysutils/lookat is
proof that this method works.
Further, IMO we need to be much more aggressive in removing stale ports.
Anything that is removed that it turns out people actually use can be
restored from CVS literally with a few keystrokes. It's all well and
good to say how cool it is that we have 22,000+ ports, but when you
start looking at maintenance, infrastructure updates, etc. having stale
stuff makes life much harder for everyone.
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