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Re: Is *anyone* using pkgsrc on IRIX?

On Thu, 23 Apr 2020 at 12:58, Kamil Rytarowski <> wrote:
On 23.04.2020 15:56, Greg Troxel wrote:
>> There are more candidates with no users (or very infrequent people
>> trying to be users) that could be dropped:
>>  - MirBSD,
>>  - OSF/1 (we used to get some reports that pkgsrc doesn't bootstrap),
>>  - QNX (as far as I know there is no native toolchain),
>>  - Bitrig (formally abandoned project),
>>  - HP-UX (GDB dropped support for it 5 years ago!),
>>  - Interix,
>>  - AIX (I only saw once someone trying to use pkgsrc on it, Perl was
>> unbuildable for it),
>>  - BSD/OS
> I did not make a deletion proposal for IRIX.  I was suggesting that far
> less significant step of dropping a patch that caused problems for other
> platforms, on the basis that the total effort/problems in the pkgsrc
> world would be less.
> I did list platforms by active/not active, as a guide for people having
> to make the decision whether to spend time and effort to keep
> platform-specific accomodations.
> If there are platforms to remove (cvs rm mk/platform/, I think it
> would be good to list them in the next announcement, after floating it
> on pkgsrc-users, and give it a while.   For now, I'm inclined to see if
> anyone speaks up about the 'probably not in use' platforms.

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

At the risk of sending a terse, opinionated email; do not do this. It is undesirable.


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