FETCH_ARGS defaults, why "-A" ?

Baptiste Daroussin bapt at
Sat Dec 28 00:56:28 UTC 2013

On Sat, Dec 28, 2013 at 01:52:45AM +0100, John Marino wrote:
> On 12/28/2013 01:49, Dimitry Andric wrote:
> > On 28 Dec 2013, at 01:12, John Marino < at> wrote:
> >> For months I've been getting a lot of fetch failures in ports that I
> >> couldn't reproduce outside of them.  It appears it is caused by the
> >> default "-A" passed to fetch.
> >>
> >> For example, /usr/ports/emulators/javatari will fail with "make fetch"
> >> but it will succeed with with "make fetch FETCH_ARGS=-Fpr"
> >>
> >> I'd like to understand why "-A" is the default.  Clearly many distfiles
> >> could be retrieved that aren't, so I'd like to know what -A is saving us
> >> from, and why that would be worse than the current situation?
> > 
> > Crappy download sites that redirect you to ad pages, malware domains, or worse?
> > 
> And?
> The checksum won't match, and the next site in the MASTER_SITES list
> will be checked, right?  What is the downside of this redirect?  Keep in
> mind that the site was once "approved" by the port maintainer, it's not
> some random URL stuck in a wiki.

That's to avoid infinite loop on redirection

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