cpghost wrote:
On Wed, 23 Jul 2008 16:51:10 +0200
Kris Kennaway <[EMAIL PROTECTED]> wrote:

cpghost wrote:
On Tue, Jul 22, 2008 at 11:47:04PM -0700, Ted Mittelstaedt wrote:
Another problem with ports is that all of them like pulling the
original source from the author's site.  I've had a few where the
author released the code under GPL then a few years later lost
interest, stopped paying whatever ISP he had the main site for
the program at, and the porter also lost interest in the project
and never bothered obtaining the last available tarfile from
the authors site and uploading it to freebsd, then both
disappeared. Another one I can recall is the gated code, similar
Why not add this to pointyhat scripts? Just upload a copy of every
*new* distfile ever encountered from the author's page to freebsd
(unless there are legal constraints not to do so, of course)?
We've regularly collected and published port distfiles for at least a decade (with increasingly higher frequency as disk space came to permit). It may come as no surprise that Ted is talking out of his
ass again :)


Ah, thanks! Good to know, and it's good news! :)

Will distfiles for ports that are no longer in the tree
remain there as well, so that these ports can still be
compiled with an older ports tree (yes, I know about the
hairy security and dependency issues involved with old
unmaintained and even dead ports...)?

Yes, as I mentioned in another reply it's been years since I have had to clean out old distfiles for space reasons, and there's no other need to do that so they will remain indefinitely.

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