Where are conventions like -devel ports documented?

Wesley Shields wxs at FreeBSD.org
Mon Mar 26 02:37:44 UTC 2012

On Sun, Mar 25, 2012 at 11:24:59PM +0300, Gerald Pfeifer wrote:
> Perhaps I am missing the obvious and will be rewarded with
> embarrassement, but where are conventions like the use and
> naming of -devel ports described?
> I would have expected this to be covered in
> http://www.freebsd.org/doc/en_US.ISO8859-1/books/porters-handbook/book.html
> but -- it is not.
> (If this is an omission, can someone more closely involved than
> I have been so far donate a paragraph or two?)
> Gerald
> PS: I am thinking to split the existing emulators/wine port into
> two, the regular one (tracking releases of Wine) and a -devel port
> that tracks the bi-weekly snapshots that will lead to the next
> release in a year or two.  Somehow I would prefer something like
> wine-stable / wine instead of wine / wine-devel, but the latter is
> more in line with how we are doing things, right?

Correct, the latter is how things are done. I think of it this way: as a
user of wine I want the "wine" port/package to give me the best working
version while "wine-devel" to give me a development version, for
whatever "development version" means. It is clear to me that I'm getting
something not as well tested as the latest release.

-- WXS

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