[RFC] Why FreeBSD ports should have branches by OS version

Vlad K. vlad-fbsd at acheronmedia.com
Fri Jun 23 09:47:50 UTC 2017

On 2017-06-23 11:35, demelier.david at gmail.com wrote:
> Release branches do not need backports.

I think we have different concepts of "backport" here. I'm not talking 
about backports as defined by debian backports repository. I'm talking 
about taking a piece of code from NEWER version and turning it into a 
patch for OLDER version.

Unless you mean that release branches would get no fixes, period? 
That's.... well, "svn checkout" and don't touch it ever again :)

That's the only way to deal with security/bug fixes for ports that mix 
new features (that may break things) with fixes, when they release a new 

Either that, or you simply bump the version and get both the fixes AND 
new features.... but that's what's being done with QUARTERLY now, and 
we're back to square one.

Vlad K.

More information about the freebsd-ports mailing list