State of the Porters' Handbook

John Marino at
Mon Oct 28 08:58:34 UTC 2013

On 10/28/2013 09:53, Dominic Fandrey wrote:
> On 28/10/2013 09:47, Łukasz Wąsikowski wrote:
>> W dniu 2013-10-28 09:41, Dominic Fandrey pisze:
>>> Neither staging nor license management are described in the Porters'
>>> Handbook.
>>> Why again should we bother to support it?
>>> What happened to "the feature that is not documented doesn't exist"?
>> Lack of good documentation is real problem for me to convert ports to
>> staging. Porter's Handbook is seriously lagging behind recent changes -
>> staging, license management, shabang fixes, etc.
> If it was up for a vote, I'd vote for a feature stop until the PH
> is back in a decent condition.
> Kudos to the people who documented the new options framework.

For all intents and purposes - licensing "feature" doesn't exist.  The
same issues you are raising have been raised before.  Apparently the
full licensing infrastructure is still lacking so it's in some kind of

However, converting to stagedir is reasonably documented here:

You don't have a choice with supporting stage -- new ports without stage
aren't accepted.  So that's why you have to bother.  :)


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