[ports] finding an orphan to maintain

Roland Smith rsmith at xs4all.nl
Wed Jan 11 11:06:37 UTC 2017

On Tue, Jan 10, 2017 at 03:26:53PM +0100, Damien Fleuriot wrote:
> Hello list,
> Is there any place that lists orphaned ports, as in ports lacking an actual
> maintainer ?

The answer in the forum post (https://forums.freebsd.org/threads/36243/) linked to
by Anastasios Mageirias is good but not complete.

The state of a port as an orhpan is not as black-and-white as it might seem.

Ports that have no maintainer *and have no relevant mailing-list* have their
maintainer listed as “ports at freebsd.org”. These are clearly orphans.

But (for example) python or ruby related ports that have no dedicated maintainer
have their maintainer listed as “python at freebsd.org” or “ruby at freebsd.org”,
i.e. the relevant mailing-list. Look for example at the math/py-numpy port.
This has python at freebsd.org listed as maintainer, but is still regularly
updated via PRs.

> Being a sysadmin and not a dev, I'm looking for a (very) entry level port,
> something which doesn't require deep programming knowledge.

Look for orphan ports with a relatively short port Makefile . :-) The
aforementioned math/py-numpy is a case in point. At 103 lines it is not a port
for beginners, I'd say. Something like for example audio/wmrecord for example
would be better suited.

But most important is probably that it is a port *you use and care about*. A
port where you don't mind checking the website for updates and submitting a PR
with port updates.

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