[nycbug-talk] Adopt a FreeBSD Port

Steven Kreuzer skreuzer at f2o.org
Thu Jan 25 13:46:18 EST 2007

Hey Guys-

As I am sure alot of you already know, the FreeBSD Ports and Packages  
Collection offers an easy and consistent way of installing software  
packages on FreeBSD and is a very important section of the operating  
system as a whole.

Currently, there are 4333 ports with MAINTAINER set to  
ports at freebsd.org, which means that no one is currently actively  
maintaining them. Out of these ports, 371 (or 8.56%) are out of date.

A list of ports that need some love and attention can be found at  

If you see a port listed that you use, consider adopting it. If its  
out of date, consider updating it. Its a pretty simple way to start  
contributing back to FreeBSD. All that is really required to adopt a  
port is to change the MAINTAINER line in the makefile, create a  
unified diff and the submit a PR for that patch at http:// 

A good place to get familiar with how the ports system works is to  
browse through the FreeBSD Porter's Handbook which you can find at  

Another good read is Michael W. Lucas's article on Modifying a Port  
which can be found at http://www.onlamp.com/lpt/a/574

Of course, this list is also a very good place to find answers to  
your questions as well, so feel free to post them.

So, get to work ;)


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