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Re: Is *anyone* using pkgsrc on IRIX?

On 24.04.2020 10:26, Kamil Rytarowski wrote:
> On 24.04.2020 01:25, Alistair Crooks wrote:
>> On Thu, 23 Apr 2020 at 12:58, Kamil Rytarowski <
>> <>> wrote:
>>     I would add a big WARNING in ./ and force usage of an extra
>>     command option (like --skip-endangered) to pass the build on these
>>     platforms. If nobody will step in 24 months, there is nobody that cares
>>     enough.
>> At the risk of sending a terse, opinionated email; do not do this. It is
>> undesirable.
> OK. This is what happens/happened in other projects, e.g. qemu, followed
> by removal of support (e.g. AIX).

I will note that I write this as someone who help(ed) pro-bono to
employers of some big name companies upstreaming support to their UNIX
systems in open-source projects, someone who additionally help(ed)
pro-bono to enthusiasts of some long dead OSs to upstream their code. (I
also helped to AIX person to patch something in pkgsrc..)

I also managed to reach the right people regarding some dead commercial
UNIX kernels and trying to open source them... which couldn't happen (as
commercial systems tend to miss enough (c) to make it happen).

But we need to live in the real world, even if it is harsh, such systems
have negligibly use-community in pkgsrc (if any at all). We can set the
warning for 10 years and delete the code in 2030 if nothing will happen.

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