How to find removed ports in general & math/hexcalc in particular.

Julian H. Stacey jhs at
Tue Jan 28 15:33:21 UTC 2014

Hi ports at
I'm looking for ports/math/hexcalc or replacement it dissapeared after
8.2-RELEASE, it's not in

How should one find:
  Why it dissapeared ? 
	(eg maybe it just lacked a maintainer & I have to re-port it? Or ... ?
  What to replace it with ?

A few days ago I tried tracing another port 
  (demime) & ploughed through loads of svnweb pages, dividing by 2
  until I found exactly the revision when demime had been removed,
  but even there no hint why removed or what to use instead.
  ( Eventually I used emil instead of demime. )

After upgrade, recovering abandoned ports is a chore,
What - if any - generalised pointer mechanism, does FreeBSD have
for providing a hint of Why a port was deleted, & what to use instead.

( In CVS days I'd have looked in Attic via web, but though 8.2 was
CVS days, it'd be better to know the new [SVN] way ? )

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