The future of portmaster [and of ports-mgmt/synth]

Mark Linimon linimon at
Tue May 30 21:53:09 UTC 2017

On Tue, May 30, 2017 at 11:46:46PM +0200, Per olof Ljungmark wrote:
> Hello, I have not followed this thread before but just wanted to say
> that I use portmaster extensively, it works for us and I would miss
> it if it went.  Are there actually plans to retire it?

To reiterate the status:

 * some extensive changes to the ports framework are coming;
 * these will require large changes to all the port upgrade tools;
 * no one has stepped forwards to offer to do the work for anything
   other than poudriere AFAIK.

If no one does the work, at the time the large changes come, the
other tools will break.

People have been wanting subpackages (aka flavors) for many years;
IIUC these are parts of the changes that are coming.

Someone needs to step forwards and say "yes, I will do the work."


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