FreeBSD ports which are currently scheduled for deletion

Vitaly Magerya vmagerya at
Wed Feb 8 11:49:05 UTC 2012

>>>> portname:           graphics/vrml2pov
>>>> description:        Convert VRML files to POVRay source
>>>> maintainer:         ports at
>>>> status:             BROKEN
>>>> deprecated because: unfetchable
>>> This seems to be a ports-infrastructure problem, rather than a
>>> problem in the vrml2pov port. 
>> No, it's a "No one cares enough about this port to step forward
>> and maintain it" problem.
> Er, as of a few hours ago (when I tried it), the URL in the distfile
> link on vrml2pov's download page *exactly* matched the URL that the
> port tries to fetch.

The default FETCH_ARGS include -A which makes fetch fail on redirects;
this is presumably because some sites redirect rather than return 404
when a file is not found. In cases when redirect needs to be followed,
you need to override FETCH_ARGS in the port's Makefile.

See the attached patch (I hope it'll get through the list). I can submit
a PR, or some brave committer can apply it right away...
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--- Makefile.orig	2012-02-08 13:18:22.000000000 +0200
+++ Makefile	2012-02-08 13:18:47.000000000 +0200
@@ -17,13 +17,10 @@
 RESTRICTED=	Redistribution is not allowed
-BROKEN=		unfetchable
-EXPIRATION_DATE=	2012-03-21
 USE_ZIP=	yes
 MAKEFILE=	makefile
 PLIST_FILES=	bin/vrml2pov

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