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

George Rosamond george at ceetonetechnology.com
Tue Dec 2 09:14:59 EST 2014

Fabian Keil:
> George Rosamond <george at ceetonetechnology.com> wrote:
>> 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.
> Probably because nobody submitted a patch yet.

Patch?  There's a port maintainer...


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