FreeBSD Port: ctags-5.8

Kubilay Kocak koobs.freebsd at
Thu Oct 31 12:48:38 UTC 2013

On 31/10/2013 11:29 PM, Mathias Monnerville wrote:
> Hello,
> I know ctags 5.8 is the latest upstream stable version, but I'm aware of
> some nice patches and fixes labelled as ctags-5.9 in many GNU/Linux
> distros. For example, Debian
> chips a ctags-5.9~svn20110310 with the following changes (from
> /usr/share/doc/exuberant-ctags/changelog.Debian.gz):
> exuberant-ctags (1:5.9~svn20110310-2) unstable; urgency=low
>   * Add Go support, from a patch by Alexey Marinichev (closes: #634166).
> exuberant-ctags (1:5.9~svn20110310-1) unstable; urgency=low
>   * New upstream release snapshot (thanks, Daniel Hahler; LP: #732860).
>     - Fix crash with comments inside strings in OCaml (LP: #554898).
>   * Drop accepted patches:
>     - debian/patches/make-match-loop.patch
>     - debian/patches/php-ignore-keywords-in-comments.patch
>   * For Python, disable -i so imports are not tagged by default (thanks,
>     Barry Warsaw; LP: #618979).
>   * Upstream uses AC_SYS_LARGEFILE now, so drop explicit
>     -D_FILE_OFFSET_BITS=64 in debian/rules.
>   * Fix infinite loop parsing vim commands, when a non-alphanumeric
>     character other than whitespace or '-' is found before the first
>     alphanumeric character after 'command' (LP: #736367).
> It could be nice to also have Golang support in ctags on FreeBSD.
> I would be glad to open a PR for a new devel/ctags-devel port that I would
> maintain.
> What do you think about it?
> Kind regards,
> Mathias
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Hi Mathias,


- Brings us closer to user-expectation parity
- More user choice & additional feature support
- You have put your hand up to contribute & maintain it (awesome!)

On naming:

- -devel may sound/seem like its more official than it is.

What is the package name in other OS's and how is it maintained? Do they
have 'one' ctags that just adds & rolls up the patches or two?

Also, are there any downsides to this patch set from a user or POLA
point of view? The answer this may help you determine what course of
action to take


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