Subject: Re: [FreeBSD-Announce] Ports scheduled for removal in March and April (fwd)
To: Hubert Feyrer <firstname.lastname@example.org>
From: Michal Pasternak <email@example.com>
Date: 02/25/2004 15:57:51
Hubert Feyrer [Wed, Feb 25, 2004 at 01:39:04PM +0100]:
> Maybe we should do some spring-cleaning too? ;)
Well, as fredb@ already pointed out, there is some point in removing
obsolete packages, why not.
But, removing packages, which work, are developed, but are only left without
mainteance? Just have a look:
> databases/mysqlcc firstname.lastname@example.org 2004-04-22
- this is a great program, which helped me a lot with getting
on a some SQL work I had to do
> devel/imake ports@FreeBSD.org 2004-03-09
- imake? Well, I suppose they have reasons :) I still find
> lang/stackless_python perky@FreeBSD.org 2004-04-07
- stackless is developed, only slow :)
> net/nicotine ports@FreeBSD.org 2004-04-17
- it works
> www/flashplugin-mozilla email@example.com 2004-04-22
> www/flashpluginwrapper nork@FreeBSD.org 2004-03-09
- what's wrong with those two?
... and that's only about the packages I know.
So, they are removing these ports not because they are obsolete, but they
don't seem to have enough manpower to fix them (or, we can treat Kris'
e-mail as a cry for help).
I don't think this is even reasonable. Creating a HTML page with "this port
needs your help" list would be much better, than just blindly remove them.
Please don't do the same thing with pkgsrc.