Can we please just remove the old Makefile headers?

Eitan Adler lists at
Mon Aug 27 13:17:25 UTC 2012

On 27 August 2012 08:40, Julian H. Stacey <jhs at> wrote:
>   On various other older ports, when I couldnt get response in time
>   from MAINTAINER (I don't mean re hylafax), perhaps maintainer on
>   holiday, & I couldn't wait for send-pr tiem out, & didnt want to
>   invoke send-pr, I fell back succesfully, to contacting the Whom:
>   creator, who while no longer regularly motivated to do maintenance,
>   could respond without delay & give hints (fallback maintainer).

Which is exactly the reason we should get rid of the whom lines. The
submitter is *not* a fallback maintainer, and some users mistakenly
assume that the whom line is the maintainer. We should be encouraging
users to mail ports at and possibly cc the maintainer if

>   Some ports are easy to create, eg my lang/pbasic, but some are
>   hard, (eg I'd guess editors/openoffice-3 may have been, One might ask
>         # Whom:                 Martin Blapp

The whom address might be bouncing, the person might be not be using
FreeBSD anymore, or any of the like.

>   Let ports creators retain their one line of credit.  Removing it
>   would save little & be ungrateful, like removing names out of .c
>   & .h.  (Some (inc. me) may like noticing in passing who created
>   the ports one's working on)).  The credit may encourage some ports
>   creators to struggle on, creating sometimes obdurate complex ports
>   one might otherwise be tempted to give up on after a not-yet-port
>   is just hand built & hand tested localy,

Interesting argument. But this implies that we should allow the whom
line to be changed by "creator request"

Eitan Adler

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