Q: Updating a port (math:asymptote)

Jarmo Hurri jarmo.hurri at syk.fi
Sat Oct 12 05:36:49 UTC 2013

Steve O'Hara-Smith <steve at sohara.org> writes:

>> 2. Try to become a maintainer. How?
> 	Step one would be to try bringing the port up to date yourself,
> sometimes it is as easy as editing the Makefile, changing the version
> and running make makesum to update the checksums. Sometimes the
> patches need to be adjusted in which case much depends on how much
> patching was needed in the first place. In the case of asymptote it
> looks like the only patch is adjusting the path to exampledir in
> Makefile.in which ought to be pretty easy to handle.
> 	If you succeed in bringing the port up to date then your problem
> is solved (you have an up to date version) and if you use send-pr to
> submit the changes to bring it up to date then there's a good chance
> that you'll solve the same problem for everyone else who may want it.

Sounds reasonable. I think I'll give this a try once 10.0 is officially

> 	FreeBSD is a volunteer project and the best way to make it
> better is to scratch your itches and contribute the result.

It would be interesting to know how the number of volunteers has changed
during the past couple of years.



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