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.

Read more at http://lists.freebsd.org/pipermail/freebsd-ports-announce/2013-January/000049.html

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.

And just remember, PLEASE TRY TO NOT BREAK THE INDEX!

Thomas
on behalf of portmgr@

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 Redports.org shared tinderbox.

Please join me in welcoming decke@ to the team.

Thomas
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.
Thomas
on behalf of portmgr@

Ports Feature Freeze for 9.1

October 10, 2012 by · 2 Comments 

FreeBSD 9.1 RC2 has been pulicly announced, it is now time for the the Ports Feature Freeze.

Normal upgrade, new ports, and changes that do not affect other ports will be allowed without prior approval, but with the extra

Feature safe: yes

tag in the commit message. Any commit that is sweeping, that is, touches a large number of ports, infrastructural changes, commits to ports with unusually high number of dependencies, and any other commit that requires the rebuilding of many packages will not be allowed without prior explicit approval from portmgr@.

Check out http://www.freebsd.org/portmgr/implementation.html#sweeping_changes for what constiutes a sweeping change.
Thomas
on behalf of portmgr@

Change to the header in ports Makefiles, take two

September 17, 2012 by · Leave a Comment 

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]>
# $FreeBSD$

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.

# $FreeBSD$

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.

Thomas
on behalf of portmgr@

Announcing the end of ports CVS

September 9, 2012 by · Leave a Comment 

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.

Read more at http://lists.freebsd.org/pipermail/freebsd-ports/2012-September/078099.html

Change to the header in ports Makefiles

September 1, 2012 by · Leave a Comment 

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.

Thomas
on behalf of portmgr@

Change in the FreeBSD Ports Management Team

August 23, 2012 by · Leave a Comment 

Florent Thoumie, aka flz@, recently stepped down from his roll on the FreeBSD Ports Management team.

Florent started on portmgr back in August 2008, being instrumental in maintaining the legacy pkg_* code plus other aspects of the ports infrastructure, including but not limited to the unifying of the code base for the ports build system.

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

Thomas
on behalf of portmgr@

New GPG key for the portmgr-secretary@

August 2, 2012 by · 1 Comment 

After almost seven years, I figured it was about time for a new GPG key for the portmgr-secretary.

The key id is BBC4D7D5, the fingerprint is FB37 45C8 6F15 E8ED AC81 32FC D829 4EC3 BBC4 D7D5, and the public key is viewable at http://people.freebsd.org/~portmgr/portmgr-secretary.asc.

I have signed it with the old secretary key, as well as my own personal key.

Please update your keyring with the new info.

Thomas

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