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

Dimitry Andric dim at
Tue Jan 28 15:41:51 UTC 2014

On 28 Jan 2014, at 16:28, Julian H. Stacey <jhs at> wrote:
> 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.


grep demime /usr/ports/MOVED

which will give:

mail/demime||2011-12-28|Has expired: No upstream development since 2007


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