Suggesting a new experimental fork for ports tree

Julian H. Stacey jhs at
Thu Jun 13 14:25:16 UTC 2013

Hi, Reference:
> From:		=?ISO-8859-2?Q?Jo=BEe_Zobec?= <jozze.zepl at> 
> Date:		Wed, 12 Jun 2013 20:04:30 +0200 

> Apart from the maintainer of the port, there would also be "sub"
> maintainerswhich would be those people who helped patch the port into the
> good shape:
> # make -C /usr/ports/section/someport maintainer
> would return the maintainer (1st address) and additional addresses to turn
> for questions. When the port would be committed to the "good" ports tree,
> sub-maintainers would be left out.

Maybe it'd help to break jozze.zepl's suggestions in to 2 parts ?
	- Working & non working ports tree
		(No comment from me on that)

	- Multiple maintainers

I believe MAINTAINER= value is currently a unitary mail address, which
is [usually] an individual or a freebsd mail list.
I recall before we've discussed adding names of alternates/ extras,
(perhaps comma seperated), & that some who maintain 
.mk macros & shell scripts pointed out some difficulties if changed.

Even within the current unchanged syntax,
handfulls of maintainers might already co-operate on a per port basis, with eg
  MAINTAINER=port_xyz_maintainers at /etc/mail/aliases:
    port_xyz_maintainers: port_xyz_maint0, port_xyz_maint1
    port_xyz_maint0:	jack at
    port_xyz_maint1:	jill at

Julian Stacey, BSD Unix Linux C Sys Eng Consultant, Munich
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