The future of portmaster

Warren Block wblock at
Thu Feb 16 13:59:13 UTC 2017

On Thu, 16 Feb 2017, Luca Pizzamiglio wrote:

> Hi all,
> portmaster, a tool used/loved/hated, is almost in abandoned state.
> I'm a portmaster user, because, in some cases, it fits my needs.
> In other cases, I use other tools, like poudriere or synth, that are
> really great.
> I don't want to open a discussion here about what it's better, but the
> truth is, that I use portmaster and it's not maintained.
> So I decided to spend some time to look at it and to work on it.
> I forked it and I start some work.
> The plan is:
> - remove obsolete features, like the -PP option
> - remove pkg_* support (even if someone could be against it), forcing
> the usage of pkg
> - prepare the support of new features like FLAVORS and subpackages
> - adding a new ports, called portmaster-devel, for the new version
> I did a branch on github working of the first two points
> (
> I'm looking for constructive critics, feedbacks, anything that can
> help me to make portmaster an actively maintained and used tool.

Thank you for working on this.  The most recent commit added my patch to 
save the command to restart the build when an individual port build 
fails.  It shows "portmaster <flags> ...".  Showing the actual flags 
given would be useful.

A less trivial change would be to show the ports to be built in 
dependency order rather than sorted.


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