Can we please just remove the old Makefile headers?

Steven Kreuzer skreuzer at
Thu Aug 30 20:09:01 UTC 2012

On Thu, Aug 30, 2012 at 3:56 PM, Thomas Abthorpe <tabthorpe at> wrote:
> On Sun, Aug 26, 2012 at 02:02:47PM -0700, 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 # $FreeBSD$.
> Traditions are great, particularly when they have meaning.  When they
> just become "Doing it that way because we always done it" is no
> substitute for maintaining a tradition for a meaningful purpose.
>> 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.
> We discussed this on portmgr@, and we have agreed it is time to make the
> change.
> We do request that this be done sparingly in the short term, as we do not
> want to cause any additional churn on the repo as we approach our
> upcoming Ports Feature Freeze, still tentatively scheduled for September
> 7.
> So please proceed only on existing updates.  Please do not do any
> sweeping commits until we have the ports tree stablised post 9.1
> tagging.  Also bear in mind that Redports/QAT queues a job for every
> change done to a Makefile, we do not want to overburden the QAT at this
> time.  It is important to allow this service to run at peek efficiency
> at this time to ensure it's full potential as we approach the upcoming
> Feature Freeze.
> So without further ado, this is what we would like to see at the top of
> the makefile
> #
> # $FreeBSD$
> #
> It is as easy as that :)

This would make me happy. Another option I would like to throw out there is
to just stick the # $FreeBSD$ at the end of the file so the first line

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