It was recently posted on, http://blogs.freebsdish.org/portmgr/2012/09/01/change-to-the-header-in-ports-makefiles/ that we would adopt a new header for the ports Makefiles. The initial discussion seemed to show enough support for the idea of completely stripping the header, leaving only the $FreeBSD$ tag. After the announcement was made, more people stated strong feelings that when and where possible attribution be maintained in the header.
A private discussion was held among ports committers, and while opinions were as varied as the individuals who shared them, it was decided to unify on a two line header.
# Created by: J.Q. Public <[email protected]>
The Whom line from the classic six line header becomes Created By.
Sometimes, as a result of a repocopy, or changed maintainership, the Created By and MAINTAINER is no longer in synchronisation. To avoid confusion, the first line can be removed, optionally leaving us with a one line header.
Removing the line of attribution is to be done only at the consent/request of the original contributor.
As before, we ask this header only be updated in conjunction with a regular update, as we do not want any unnecessary churn to the repo prior to the pending Ports Feature Freeze.
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The development of FreeBSD ports is done in Subversion nowadays. For the sake of compatibility a Subversion to CVS exporter is in place which has some limitations. For CVSup mirroring cvsup based on Ezm3 is used which breaks regularly especially on amd64 and with Clang and becomes more and more unmaintainable.
An idea has been floating around for some time, and it was brought up again on the ports@ mailing list recently, please remove the extraneous header information from the Makefile, leaving only the $FreeBSD$ id on the first line.
It is an idea that is long overdue, so from now on, the other fives lines shall be removed.
We do request that this be done sparingly in the short term, as we do not want to cause any additional churn on the repo as we approach our upcoming Ports Feature Freeze, still tentatively scheduled for September 7.
So please proceed only on existing updates. Please do not do any sweeping commits until we have the ports tree stablised post 9.1 tagging. Also bear in mind that Redports/QAT queues a job for every change done to a Makefile, we do not want to overburden the QAT at this time. It is important to allow this service to run at peek efficiency at this time to ensure it’s full potential as we approach the upcoming Feature Freeze.
The new look of the Makefile has been document in the Porter’s Handbook.
The next item on the todo list is to update devel/newfile for those that do a port create.
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