Rommel Escuadro r.escuadro79 at
Mon Aug 29 11:05:43 UTC 2016

Thank you for your replies. As I am using the application used so I want to
make sure that it wont be having future problems.  I have read the linked
porters handbook but it will be more helpful for me to understand if there
is an example where to start and how to go over it. I maybe asking so much
but i i guess the dedication to maintain is the most important aspect.

On Aug 29, 2016 5:49 PM, "Matthew Seaman" <matthew at> wrote:

> On 29/08/2016 07:35, Rommel Escuadro wrote:
> > What is the knowledge requirement for adopting a port?
> The literal, by the book, answer is that you have to understand enough
> about standard development tools to be able to generate a diff changing
> the MAINTAINER line to your own e-mail address, and enough about
> Bugzilla that you can open a PR, attach your diff to it and request
> maintainership.
> The practical answer in many cases is that you can frequently just ask
> to be given maintainership on e-mail or IRC or whatever, and some
> committer will generally oblige.
> The deeper answer here is that it isn't really about knowledge: it's
> about commitment.  You're making an undertaking to track development in
> an upstream project, to represent the FreeBSD user base to them, push
> FreeBSD related patches upstream and ultimately pull upstream's changes
> into the ports tree in a timely fashion.
> Yes, having a level of technical understanding of the port you are
> maintaining is important, but you by no means have to be an expert, nor
> do you need to be instantly capable of debugging anything that may get
> reported to you.  You do have to be willing to investigate and help
> putting together a useful bug report and to perform whatever testing is
> necessary and to answer both upstream's and the end-users' questions.
> As necessary, that is.  Usually once the port is written and there's
> been an initial round of bugfixes and patches, it's then very much plain
> sailing to occasionally bring in the latest changes upstream produces.
> Plus if you do get thrown a curve ball you can't handle, then there are
> a lot of extremely knowledgeable and helpful people just an e-mail away
> on this very list.
>         Cheers,
>         Matthew

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