HOWTO: Get started, gain macports-foo, make bad first impression

Juan Manuel Palacios jmpp at
Sat May 3 22:25:49 PDT 2008

On Apr 30, 2008, at 5:44 PM, Ryan Schmidt wrote:

> Sounds nice to me. But how would we learn what port works on what  
> OS / architecture? I had proposed last year the idea of MacPorts  
> automatically sending information back to the mothership regarding  
> what ports people had installed on what OS and what architecture,  
> which could be used to determine which ports actually work, and  
> could also show port popularity. I thought this would make for an  
> interesting front-page display, showing the most  
> popular ports. But several people didn't want MacPorts reporting  
> this information:
> 001604.html
> Maybe we should revisit this topic, though like you say, if we get  
> binary packages, then we don't need build success/failure statistics  
> from each user, but only from the build servers.

	I should note that this is the very spirit of my logging proposal ( 
), which combined with a build farm, a build plan & schedule and an  
enhanced MPWA will hopefully provide tabulated statistics of the build  
status of all our ports on all our supported platforms. Yeah, I  
realize it may sound like a bit too much forward-thinking, yes, but  
holding our breath for this is no longer a question of life and death,  
as we will be working on two of these things (logging & mpwa) for GSoC  
(I'll be mentoring logging).

	Now, I'm not making any promises, don't start holding your breath  
just yet ;-) But I do want everyone to know that some form of stats  
gathering *is* a goal we're actively pursuing.



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