math/open-axiom gone?

Montgomery-Smith, Stephen stephen at
Tue Jul 26 02:32:10 UTC 2016

On 07/25/2016 09:18 PM, cpghost wrote:
> Hello,
> after updating my ports tree, I've found out that math/open-axiom
> has been deleted! After math/fricas unusable with sbcl-1.3.x for
> many months and now gone too, I'm left with NO alternatives for
> that kind of software here.
> Fortunately, I still have a working package of open-axiom on my machine,
> running with SBCL 1.3.1 right now:
> $ pkg version -v | grep open-axiom
> open-axiom-1.4.2_3                 ?   orphaned: math/open-axiom
> $ uname -a
> FreeBSD 10.3-STABLE FreeBSD 10.3-STABLE #0 r303311: Mon Jul 25 20:42:34 CEST 2016     root at  amd64
> $ open-axiom
>              OpenAxiom: The Open Scientific Computation Platform 
>                           Version: OpenAxiom 1.4.2
>                  Built on Friday June 19, 2015 at 22:28:27 
> -----------------------------------------------------------------------------
>    Issue )copyright to view copyright notices.
>    Issue )summary for a summary of useful system commands.
>    Issue )quit to leave OpenAxiom and return to shell.
> -----------------------------------------------------------------------------
> (1) -> )quit
> $ sbcl
> This is SBCL 1.3.1, an implementation of ANSI Common Lisp.
> More information about SBCL is available at <>.
> SBCL is free software, provided as is, with absolutely no warranty.
> It is mostly in the public domain; some portions are provided under
> BSD-style licenses.  See the CREDITS and COPYING files in the
> distribution for more information.
> * (sb-ext:exit)
> Do you recommend to switch to Debian GNU/Linux, where those packages
> are still actively maintained, or is there a chance in hell to see
> those ports reappear in the near future on FreeBSD?
> Thanks,
> -cpghost.

Yes, there is definitely a "chance in hell" that I'll try to fix this.
(Please be nice to us volunteers, or at least don't curse us until we
have proven we deserve it.)

Can you submit this as a bug at  Then the problem
report is in a place where I'll remember to work on this in a few days
time when I have the time.

Right now I'm working on this:  I do
generally reply to bug reports in a reasonably timely manner.

I should add that I created these ports quite a while ago when I was
looking for free symbolic math packages.  Now I don't use them any more.
 So if you (or anyone else) would like to take over as maintainer of
these ports, that would be wonderful.

BTW, all I did is mark them broken.  But broken ports tend to get
deleted after a while.  So this is the first I knew about it.


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