[nycbug-talk] Adopt a FreeBSD Port
skreuzer at f2o.org
Thu Jan 25 13:46:18 EST 2007
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 Out of these ports, 371 (or 8.56%) are out of date.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out of date, consider updating it.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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