Deprecation campaign

Matthias Andree mandree at
Thu Mar 17 17:00:27 UTC 2011

Am 17.03.2011 11:36, schrieb Pietro Cerutti:
>> 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.

Unless there is another one to take over.

>> 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 .

But exactly in such situations ("nothing to do") being a maintainer is 
an extremely low effort because you hardly ever get input, but you are 
sort of a godfather to the port in case it fails.  And it's prudent for 
a maintainer to ask for help anyways.

> 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.

I've done steps towards getting gpart working again, but I fear we'll be 
running in circles unless ports are maintained.   I've taken 
maintainership of gpart now based on my own argument written above.

And while I haven't fully audited gpart or looked through its code, the 
first impression was "not stellar but reasonably OK with some 
portability headaches" so it's probably reasonably low profile, too.

Best regards

Matthias Andree
ports committer

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