[Tor-BSD] Tor-BSD Digest, Vol 17, Issue 1

George Rosamond george at ceetonetechnology.com
Tue Dec 2 08:07:03 EST 2014

Pascal Stumpf:
> On Tue, 2 Dec 2014 15:03:22 +1100, Brett Mahar wrote:
>> || The top-level comment in Tor's rc.subr says "rc.subr written by Peter
>> || Thoenen for Net/FreeBSD":
>> || 
>> || https://gitweb.torproject.org/tor.git/tree/contrib/dist/rc.subr
>> || 
>> || Would it also work for OpenBSD? If not, what changes would have to be
>> || made?
>> | On 12/01/2014 05:07 PM, Brett Mahar wrote:
>> | > The tor port on OpenBSD already installs a start/stop/restart
>> | > script (at /etc/rc.d/tor). I would say there is no need to put
>> | > anything in 
>> | > https://gitweb.torproject.org/tor.git/tree/contrib/dist/rc.subr
>> | > except maybe a comment.
>> | 
>> | Correct me if I'm wrong, but wouldn't it be nicer if the rc.d script
>> | was built into the Tor source code? I was always under the impression
>> | that everything custom in ports is there because it wasn't properly
>> | supplied in the original source, not because the community expects to
>> | manually port every application. If we could get an OpenBSD-compatible
>> | rc.d script included in the Tor source, wouldn't that be preferable?
> No, rc.d scripts are kept inside the ports tree itself.
>> | The main reason I ask, as you may have discerned from my last email,
>> | is that the OpenBSD port doesn't keep up with Tor's stable releases.
> Huh?  It's at version  Is there something newer now?
>> Now including OpenBSD's Tor port maintainer in the email chain, who could answer this better than me. 
>> I'm not an expert on the ports tree, but I believe that most of the ports have a custom rc.d script (that is often pretty much the same from port to port) and which does not originate in the port's source code. As far as I know, the main impediment stopping a port from being up-to-date with the latest version, is lack of time for the ports people to test a newer version, rather than presence or absence of an inbuilt rc.d script.

replying to all, since Pascal isn't subscribed.

As Pascal said, OpenBSD stays up to date with the stable version.  It
doesn't have the unstable/alpha version (normally) as a package.  Not
sure what Brett was referring to.

FreeBSD, OTOH, isn't up to date with either versions in the ports
tree... not sure why.


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