Can we please just remove the old Makefile headers?

Eitan Adler lists at
Mon Aug 27 23:28:04 UTC 2012

On 27 August 2012 10:23, Julian H. Stacey <jhs at> wrote:
> Eitan Adler wrote:

> No,
> - eg, If MAINTAINER of hylafax had resigned I would have resumed maintenance.

This is unrelated to you being the original contributor. It is you,
thankfully, being interested in the port. :)

> - Creators of others ports have functioned as fallback if asked.
> I guess its not an uncommon phenomena, a creator is happy someone
> else maintains code, but doesnt want to see a port unsupported
> if maintainer response might slip toward timeout & replacement.

It is equally common that the creator left the project and the given
address bounces.

> & change to eg
>         "Creator (but see MAINTAINER below):"

or just get rid of it, if we are changing things :)

>> We should be encouraging
>> users to mail ports at and possibly cc the maintainer if
>> required.
> Ports is high volume; one can get lost in traffic,
> sometimes private mail is better, context dependent.

this brings up a completely different bikeshed of splitting ports@
into -users and -devel, but not for now. :)

> Alow deletion & update by send-pr

You mean like a maintainer?

If I understand correctly, you want the idea of multiple maintainers.
I am completely for this. It is even trivial to do by adding a comment
just below the MAINTAINER line. This is unrelated to maintaining the
historical "originator" in the header of the port.

> I wasnt aware they were not changeable ?.
> I'd assumed it was free text comment, not auto generated ?

this is the property which started this discussion. They are currently
the historical address used to submit the port. The address is never

Eitan Adler

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