3. Updating "Bash" (Jerry)

Fabian Keil freebsd-listen at fabiankeil.de
Fri Jan 4 10:37:23 UTC 2013

"Michael Zoon" <ma.zoon at quicknet.nl> wrote:

> >From: Jerry <jerry at seibercom.net>

> >Bash is currently at Bash-Release: 4.2, patch level 42. The port's
> >version is only at patch level 37, which was released on 16-Jul-2012.
> >This is an important port and since the freeze is over with, I was
> >wondering if this port will be updated?
> Hi, i have send last month the port maintainer also the latest files
> To upgrade the port with latest patches.
> However some months ago there was also problems
> to get the latest patches for bash into the port system.
> Many people did jump in here to get it done.
> Digest 480 of 30-07-2012 says a lot
> Including the ones a few versions older.
> On the latest files I did send I did get no response at all
> That's why I no longer will forward patches for bash.
> But I agree that it is a important port and patches are not released for
> nothing.

On the other hand every patch has the potential of introducing
new bugs so being conservative with updates is a valid strategy,
too, and in the end it's up to the maintainer who'd take the blame
for the breakage.

Obviously being conservative isn't a good reason not to respond
to patches, but if you don't submitted them as a PR there is also
no way to know if your mail actually made it to the maintainer
(or if maybe his answer didn't reach your inbox).

From your point of view sending a PR would also have the advantage
of forcing the maintainer to either explicitly reject it or accept
that somebody else commits it after a timeout.

> But in the end its all upon the port maintainer to do it or not.
> I really hope it not will take 6 months again to get the outdated port
> updated.

It looks like there currently is no shells/bash-devel,
so why don't you submit it? You could then keep it at the
bleeding edge and users could decide for themselves which
update strategy they prefer.

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