Ports and Packages Summit at EuroBSDCon 2013

August 9, 2013 by · Leave a Comment 

The FreeBSD project has provided pre-built ready-to-install binary packages for many years on a best-effort basis. While these packages do work in a large number of cases, there are too many inconsistencies and failure combinations, from the unpredictable update frequency to dependency handling across upgrades, for them to be used on a wider scale. After many months of work, we’re nearing a paradigm shift in both the format of the packages, and the building and distribution of the packages with the new PKGNG tools.

At the upcoming Developer Summit at the EuroBSDCon conference in Malta on September 26 and 27, there will be another Ports and Packages Summit, which will center on a round-table brainstorm that begins with a summary of the tremendous progress made in the last 12 months, and closes with a discussion of the roadmap on how to improve binary package creation, distribution, installation and upgrading. Please contact me if you have any topics you’d like to present or discuss. It will be an informal gathering, no formal slides or presentations are required.

As always, the DevSummit is an invitation-only event, so also contact me at [email protected] if you want to participate.

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 read more at http://lists.freebsd.org/pipermail/freebsd-ports-announce/2013-April/000058.html

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.

Read more at http://lists.freebsd.org/pipermail/freebsd-ports-announce/2013-April/000056.html

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.

Read more at http://lists.freebsd.org/pipermail/freebsd-ports-announce/2013-March/000051.html

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.

 

Thomas

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.

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@

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
http://portscout.freebsd.org/
Read more at http://lists.freebsd.org/pipermail/freebsd-ports-announce/2012-November/000047.html

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@

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