Can we please just remove the old Makefile headers?
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Mon Aug 27 13:17:25 UTC 2012
On 27 August 2012 08:40, Julian H. Stacey <jhs at berklix.com> 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 freebsd.org 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"
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