Deprecation campaign

Pietro Cerutti gahr at
Thu Mar 17 10:44:24 UTC 2011

On 2011-Mar-17, 10:26, Matthias Andree wrote:
> Am 17.03.2011 05:33, schrieb Ruslan Mahmatkhanov:
> > 17.03.2011 02:33, Michel Talon пишет:
> >> Hello,
> >>
> >> i noted that ucpp is deprecated because it cannot be fetched
> >> from original site. This is an alternate c preprocessor
> >> supposed to be better than the gnu one, written by Thomas
> >> Pornin. I happen to know the guy (*), so i searched if
> >> the soft had been moved, and indeed it can be found here:
> >>
> >> I hope you may reconsider your decision.
> >>
> >> With my best regards
> >>
> >> (*) i think he now runs a crypto firm in the Boston area.
> >
> > I've tried to adopt the port to new distfile..
> > It builds but doesn't produce ucpp binary.
> > Maybe you or anybody can look what's wrong.
> Guys,
> all these efforts to rescue the ports are all good, but: do we actually 
> _need_ the ports?  Just having one more port isn't a value in itself.

It's a potential value. Having one port less is a potential loss.

> And if yes, can someone step up to become maintainer of the port, 
> meaning, upgrade it to new versions, sort FreeBSD bug reports and 
> forward/file them with the upstream authors, and all that?

Well, this is not how it works. There are a lot of old ports which
are not being developped upstreams anymore. Probably nobody is
interested in maintaining those, because there's nothing to do to those
ports other than fixing potential build problems. However, this doesn't
imply that the port is useless or that nobody's interested in using it.
Not all consumers of FreeBSD ports follow ports at .

I'd be very carful on killing ports. I agree on killing BROKEN ports
where the distfiles are not fetchable anymore. In this case, nobody can
benefit from having the (non working) port. But I wouldn't go further.

And I'd welcome ANY effort to resurrect a port or make it workable
again, even if it does not imply setting a real MAINTAINER.

Pietro Cerutti
The FreeBSD Project
gahr at

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