Unable to use ports on 8.3 or earlier since r352986

Baptiste Daroussin bapt at FreeBSD.org
Sat May 10 06:22:02 UTC 2014

On Sat, May 10, 2014 at 12:26:36AM +0100, Steven Hartland wrote:
> ----- Original Message ----- 
> From: "John Marino" <freebsd.contact at marino.st>
> > On 5/9/2014 22:22, Doug Ambrisko wrote:
> >> On Fri, May 09, 2014 at 06:44:22PM +0200, John Marino wrote:
> >> | I'll stress the previous point again.  The change that broke this was
> >> | desired 8 months ago.  It was applied as soon as it was legal to do so.
> >> 
> >> FYI, because some might be legal doesn't necessarily make it in the
> >> best interest of users.
> > 
> > It should be obvious that nobody breaks trees intentionally for fun.
> > It's done in the overall best interest of users.
> That said based soley on the change log this compatibility removal did seem
> to be done with no clear benefit appart from removing an old compat shims,
> yes its nice to remove old hacks when they aren't needed any more, but
> if they aren't causing any problems when leaving it for users to catch
> up is a good thing to consider.
> Don't get me wrong, progress is definitely good, but if this was done just
> to remove old hacks like the commit message indicated then it would be
> nice for users if it was delayed until required so to speak.

A hack has been added to bmake in base just for the sake of being able to have
the ports tree compatible with bmake and old make because all our versions of
make were able to understand :tl and :tu but the version in 8.3

This hack to allow this is quite ugly and it was promissed to bmake maintainer
to allow them to remove it as soon as possible aka after the EOL of 8.3

Now if you really want to continue with 8.3 just install devel/bmake from a
ports tree check out from prior the commit your point at and then use it with
newer checkouts

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