Getting to know your portmgr@ — Joe Marcus Clarke

October 21, 2013 by · 3 Comments 

This is the start of an ongoing series profiling members of the FreeBSD Ports Management Team.  In this interview, we talk to longest serving member of the team, Joe Marcus Clarke, aka marcus@


Joe Marcus Clarke

Committer name


Inspiration for your IRC nick

Longish story. Marcus is not my middle name. It’s Michael. When I was
seven, I came up with the nickname myself. I thought it sounded cool.
And there you go.

TLD of origin



Distinguished Services Engineer at Cisco Systems

When did you join portmgr@

Damn, I don’t remember. My email dates
back to 2006, but I think it was before that…



Inspiration for using FreeBSD

Another longish story. I was in college at University of Miami (go
Canes!), and I managed to procure an old x86 PC. We were going to
install Linux on it. I thought having a csh in my own dorm room was
just awesome. A friend ran into my room and said I needed to check out
this thing called, “FreeBSD.” Sure, what the hell. A few days and
about 50 floppy disks later, I was sold. I never looked back.

Who was your first contact in FreeBSD

sobomax (Maxim Sobolev)

Who was your mentor(s)


What was your most embarrassing moment in FreeBSD

Probably the first time I broke INDEX, or my first release song, “Ports
Freeze Baby.”

Boxers / Briefs / other


What is your role in your circle of friends

What are friends?

vi(m) / emacs / other

VIM (what is this “emacs” thing you speak of?)

What keeps you motivated in FreeBSD

I really believe it is the best operating system around. I advocate it
passionately at work (to the point people thought I got paid to say,
“FreeBSD”). I look for any chance to install it. I love it when people
run network tests to my servers at work and comment how amazing the IP
stack is… :-)

Favourite musician/band

I like a lot of musical types, but I’m particular to metal. I’m into
Five Finger Death Punch now.

What book do you have on your bedside table

Print is dead. But I’m reading up on Python online now. when is
Stackoverflow going to publish a book?

coffee / tea / other : Diet Pepsi

Do you have a guilty pleasure

Call of Duty

How would you describe yourself


sendmail / postfix / other


Do you have a hobby outside of FreeBSD

I’m learning to be a pilot.

What is your favourite TV show

I loved House. I thought it was the closest thing on TV to be a network
troubleshooter. Right now, I’m big into Strike Back.

Claim to Fame

Tinderbox, I guess

What did you have for breakfast today

I only eat once per day. Usually at night.

What sports team do you support

University of Miami Hurricanes and Manchester United

What else do you do in the world of FreeBSD

GNOME, Netatalk, wireshark, Tinderbox, and a lot of local sysadmin stuff.

What can you tell us about yourself that most people don’t know

My North Carolina license plate reads, “FREEBSD”.

Any parting words you want to share

What am I, your priest?

What is your .sig at the moment

It’s lame. Don’t ask :-)

Ports Slush is now in over

April 22, 2013 by · Leave a Comment 

Just to make it official, the ports slush is over.

Ports committers are now able to perform regular updates, business as usual, no need for portmgr@ approvals.

You can

Ports Slush is now in effect

April 16, 2013 by · Leave a Comment 

Just to make it official, the ports hard freeze has been lifted.

Ports committers are now able to perform regular updates, just no sweeping
commits without prior approval from portmgr. This period of slush will
continue until 8.4 is out the door.


FreeBSD Ports tree has been tagged with RELEASE_7_EOL

March 6, 2013 by · Leave a Comment 

The FreeBSD Ports Management Team wishes to remind users that February 28 was the end of support for the Ports Collection for both FreeBSD 7.4 RELEASE and the FreeBSD 7.x STABLE branch. Neither the infrastructure nor individual ports are guaranteed to work on these FreeBSD versions after that date. A tag has be created for users who cannot upgrade for some reason, at which time these users are advised to stop tracking the latest ports repository and use the RELEASE_7_EOL tag instead.


linimon steps down from portmgr

February 21, 2013 by · 1 Comment 

Mark Linimon, aka linimon@,  recently stepped down from his duties on the FreeBSD Ports Management Team.

Mark joined the team back in 2004, providing nine years of continuity to the Ports Infrastructure.  Among the many things Mark did, was maintaining and documenting the current portbuild system that the team uses for -exp runs and package building.  With his other bugbuster@ hat on, he played middle man contacting maintainers of BROKEN and DEPRECATED ports.

On behalf of the Ports Management team, we would like to thank Mark for his many years of service and dedication, his contributions will be greatly missed.



on behalf of portmgr@

Ports CVS EoL on February 28th 2013

January 12, 2013 by · Leave a Comment 

As announced in September the ports tree will no longer be exported to CVS after February 28th 2013. All users who still use CVS, CVSup or csup to update the ports tree are encouraged to switch to portsnap(8) or for users which need more control over their ports collection to use Subversion directly.


FreeBSD 9.1 ports freeze is officially over

December 9, 2012 by · Leave a Comment 

Just to make it officially official, the ports feature freeze has been lifted.

Ports committers are now entitled to perform sweeping commits. Keep in mind that -exp runs are always a good idea if you think there is a significant change to the ports tree.


on behalf of portmgr@

Portscout Notification Emails

November 28, 2012 by · Leave a Comment 

Greetings porters!

As many of you are aware, an instance of portscout is available on

decke@ joins portmgr@

October 19, 2012 by · Leave a Comment 

The FreeBSD Ports Management team is pleased to welcome Bernhard Froelich, aka decke@, to it’s ranks.

Bernhard was a long time ports contributor, and received his ports commit bit back in March 2010.

More recently, Bernhard was the one responsible for bringing us shared tinderbox.

Please join me in welcoming decke@ to the team.

on behalf of portmgr@

pav@ steps down from portmgr@

October 19, 2012 by · Leave a Comment 

Pav Lucistnik, aka pav@, recently stepped down from his roll on the FreeBSD Ports Management team.

Pav started on portmgr back in November 2006, he was the one responsible for many of the -exp runs over the years. His most dubious claim to fame was talking over the responsibility of krismails. We all looked forwward to our pavmails, right?

On behalf of the Ports Management team, we want to thank Pav for his years of  service, he will be missed.
on behalf of portmgr@

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