ACTION REQUIRED - Unstaged Ports being DEPRECATED on June 31st.

Jonathan Chen jonc at
Sun May 11 01:48:53 UTC 2014

On 11 May 2014 03:33, Bryan Drewery <bdrewery at> wrote:
> So we will be DEPRECATING and resetting maintainer on all unstaged ports
> on June 31st.
> These ports will be set to EXPIRE on August 31st and will then be
> removed from the tree. They will not be restored unless someone stages
> them as well.

The problem I have with this decision is that there are some complex
ports which have no single maintainer (case in point: eclipse-devel);
and whose patch-submitters only occasionally dabble with the port.
Staging support for these ports sometimes tend to be over-complex, and
one that yield no immediate benefit to the submitter.

And then there are the ports which have their have their home-baked
installer, where adding staging support could mean wholesale changes
to the port.

It used to be the philosophy of FreeBSD to favour pragmatism over
ideology. I must admit to some disappointment over this decision to
force staging as the "one true way".

Jonathan Chen <jonc at>

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