[RFC] Why FreeBSD ports should have branches by OS version
dave at jetcafe.org
Thu Jun 22 17:45:51 UTC 2017
On 06/22/2017 08:53, Julian Elischer wrote:
> Yeah but the quarterly branches are relatively useless because they a
> not sync'd to anything and mean nothing special to anyone.
They are not useless to me.
I maintain a fair number of different package repositories for various
purposes. Over a long period of time I've found that trying to build
from HEAD is a random crapshoot as to whether everything you want will
build without you having to svn random ports back and forth through the
revision tree (or patch them yourself), patch your build processes,
and/or ask for help (which you often might not get).
In contrast, the quarterly branches (so far) have built everything I've
wanted cleanly and this has been true for some years. No, the
quarterlies are not perfect, but they seem to be closer to perfect than
Note that you have to handle the edge cases (recent security patches,
revision mismatch, etc) anyway, HEAD or no. I find I have to handle less
with the quarterlies because they do generally build cleanly.
Dave Hayes - Consultant - Altadena CA, USA - dave at jetcafe.org
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