Alpha/AXP ports

Ade Lovett ade at
Tue Mar 29 18:05:43 UTC 2011

On Mar 29, 2011, at 04:11 , Peter Jeremy wrote:

> I recently happened to notice that lang/compaq-cc is still present
> in the ports tree, although it's only for alpha.  It can presumably
> be deleted.

Most likely, yes.  Unless there are dependent ports which also need to be burned away.

> That triggered me to have a closer look through the ports tree.
> Whilst there aren't any other alpha-only ports, there are a number of
> other ports that mention alpha in ONLY_FOR_ARCHS or in conditional
> make code.  A complete list follows.  How should this be handled?  It
> seems silly to submit a massive number of PRs.

Certainly one PR per port is not the way to go.  If I were to do this (and, no I'm not volunteering ;) I'd (a) get approval from portmgr@ to forcibly remove alpha/axp support from the tree and then (b) simply check out all the relevant ports below, break out the Danish Axe, and do a single "byebye, Alpha" commit.

However, there's no real defined policy on purging truly dead "stuff" (a _similar_ example would be hunting down anything for OSVERSION <= 699999 since we have the 6_EOL tag).


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