Subject: Re: a way to deprecate packages?
To: None <>
From: Rene Hexel <>
List: tech-pkg
Date: 12/12/1999 10:11:21
Hubert Feyrer wrote:

> > packages from the collection?  I.e.  to "deprecate" packages
> > or move them into a "no longer works & no one cares" category?
> or to say "this package is fine, but don't build it in bulk builds"
> this could be of interrest to prevent conflicting pkgs or pkgs foo and
> foo-current.

  What about removing them from the category's Makefile?  This should
effectively do the job.  You can then still build the package by hand if
you wish.

> .if ${MAINTAINER} = ""
> BROKEN=         unmaintained
> .endif

  That would be a bit too drastic, I think.  From time to time, I walk
through packages maintained by others (or packages@) and fix some minor
problems, but I definitely don't want to become the maintainer for these
(for lack of time/resources/interest/whatever).  Heck, if that was the
case, defuzzing would have made me the maintainer of ten times the
amount of packages I could handle ;-)