FreeBSD Ports and FreeBSD 6 EoL

September 3, 2010 by · 1 Comment 

The FreeBSD Ports Management Team wishes to remind users that November 30
is also the end of support for the Ports Collection for both FreeBSD 6.4
RELEASE and the FreeBSD 6.x STABLE branch.  Neither the infrastructure nor
individual ports are guaranteed to work on these FreeBSD versions after
that date.  A CVS tag will be created for users who cannot upgrade for some
reason, at which time these users are advised to stop tracking the latest
ports CVS repository and use the RELEASE_6_EOL tag instead.

While many people still use RELENG_6, it is at the end of it’s development
cycle. The Ports Management team has set the following policies with regard
to EOL/EOS of this branch and we kindly ask developers to implement these:

– We will keep building 6.4 packages as long as we have the resources.
6.x package builds will however be deprioritised, meaning they will not
be rebuilt as frequently.

– We will continue to support the 6.x infrastructure until RELENG_6
EOL (11/30/2010) by building the INDEX on RELENG_6 for use by ‘make
fetchindex’, and making sure that the ports collection infrastructure
(, etc) continues to function on RELENG_6, subject to the
reduced testing that this branch will receive.  This means that problems
may be noticed only after the fact and may require community support to
develop and test fixes.

– We do not require committers/maintainers to support 6.x, but ports
will need to be marked BROKEN/IGNORE if they do not build/run.

– Port maintainers are strongly encouraged to accept patches from the
community that allow their ports to build and run on 6.x.  However,
since running on 6.x is no longer a requirement, maintainers may use
their discretion in cases where a proposed patch would be disruptive
to other supported FreeBSD branches, or would unreasonably impede
ongoing maintenance of the port.

– We will continue to accept patches for ports collection infrastructure
(, etc)

– We encourage all users and developers to migrate to the FreeBSD 7.x or
8.x branch, both of which is a stable and mature platform, and are now
the ‘reference’ branches for the ports collection.

Please also see the secteam@ announcement,

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