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Re: "porting" applications that compile cleanly...
- To: ports_(_at_)_openbsd_(_dot_)_org
- Subject: Re: "porting" applications that compile cleanly...
- From: naddy_(_at_)_mips_(_dot_)_inka_(_dot_)_de (Christian Weisgerber)
- Date: Mon, 16 Apr 2001 12:18:47 +0000 (UTC)
- Newsgroups: list.openbsd.ports
James R. Johnson <johnsojr_(_at_)_umn_(_dot_)_edu> wrote:
> What is the general policy about making "ports" for applications that
> complie cleanly?
Make a port.
- If there's a port, there can also be a package for those who
- Ports/packages are subject to package management. Think
- If something is in the ports tree, people will know that it is
available on OpenBSD. They will hardly search mailing list
archives for ephemeral announcements, that something used to
compile somehow for somebody.
- More or less regularly, the complete ports tree is build on
several architectures to provide package snapshots. Consider it
a free test that the port still builds, and on several platforms.
> though this is technically not a port,
Technically, it's a port if it has a ports skeleton. Even if there
are no patches. Different meaning of "port". (Yes, the word is
> My personal feelings on this are "Yes let's make as many
> 'ports' as possible for OpenBSD so that others can just type make
> && make build and be done with it!"
Yes, but not at any cost. Ports should be quality work and they
need to be _maintained_. The upstream release changes. Even if it
doesn't, OpenBSD changes. The ports infrastructure changes. The Red
Queen Principle applies.
> Is there anyway of indicating the amount of scrutiny that went
> into ported software?
> Or is it just "buyer beware"....
Yes. The ports collection isn't audited.
Christian "naddy" Weisgerber naddy_(_at_)_mips_(_dot_)_inka_(_dot_)_de