Can we please just remove the old Makefile headers?

Matthias Andree mandree at
Sun Aug 26 21:23:40 UTC 2012

Am 26.08.2012 23:06, schrieb Chris Rees:
> On 26 August 2012 22:04, Bryan Drewery <bryan at> wrote:
>> On 8/26/2012 4:02 PM, Doug Barton wrote:
>>> The old Makefile headers, ala:
>>> # New ports collection makefile for:    BIND 9.9.x
>>> # Date created:                         27 January 2012
>>> # Whom:                                 dougb
>>> #
>>> # $FreeBSD: head/dns/bind99/Makefile 301487 2012-07-24 19:23:23Z dougb $
>>> have not served a purpose for longer than almost anyone who has a ports
>>> commit bit has been around. My proposal is simple, let's remove
>>> everything before the # $FreeBSD$.
>>> In the past when this has been proposed the objection was that it would
>>> cause too much churn. If we had done this back when we had 5,000 ports
>>> then we would have solved the problem with less churn, and no drama for
>>> the 15,000 ports that followed. Every day we don't do this we make the
>>> "churn" problem worse, and deepen the roots of something that has no
>>> relevance.
>>> Can we please just deal with this now and be done with it? ... and yes,
>>> I am volunteering to help with and/or do the work myself.
>> Yes please.
>> If we can't agree to mass delete them with churn, let's at least agree
>> to remove as we update ports, and in the template for new ports.
> Now in the days of Subversion... we could do the entire tree in one
> lovely atomic commit!

I'm not too sure if we should do that.  The server-side changeset would
be of humongous size.  (OTOH that's a nice test for the infrastructure -
but if it breaks, we're in for trouble).

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