port maintainership of alpine?

Marco Beishuizen mbeis at xs4all.nl
Sat May 24 19:54:42 UTC 2014

On Sat, 24 May 2014, the wise Kurt Jaeger wrote:

>> My favorite mailer alpine has no port maintainer at the moment. Ports
>> that have no maintainer and/or staging are at risk of being deleted from
>> the portstree, and alpine is a port that I would definitely miss.
>> So I was thinking of becoming a port maintainer. Although I'm using
>> FreeBSD for 15 years now, I have no programming experience at all.
> Do you have experience building software ? What is your background ?

Other than building ports, no. I don't have an IT background, but a 
finance and legal background so that's not helping me here :-).

>> So my first question is if it is possible for someone like me to become a
>> maintainer for a port like alpine, or should I learn programming in C
>> first?
> Learning 'make' would probably more important to maintain the port.
> Given that the latest alpine release was around 2008, it looks like
> this software is not maintained even upstream! For this, you will
> definitly need C skills.

The version in ports is old but alpine is still being developed and 
currently at version 2.11.

> Given the deadline for non-staged ports, it looks like a tight race.

I know so that is why I'm interested.

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