Removing port submit

Rainer Müller raimue at
Mon Feb 11 01:37:05 PST 2013

On 2013-02-11 02:36, Joshua Root wrote:
> On 2013-2-11 09:40 , Clemens Lang wrote:
>> Hi,
>> while I was writing a patch for #32542 [1] I noticed that base could
>> benefit from some refactoring. As a first measure, I'm proposing the
>> removal of port submit. Since I assume not everybody on the list is
>> familiar with what port submit does, let me run port help submit for
>> you:
>>> $ port help submit
>>> Usage: submit
>>> Submit a port to the MacPorts Web Application (unimplemented)
>> The last change related to what port submit used to do (did this
>> actually ever work?) was more than 6 years ago, back in the time when
>> org.macports.submit was still called[2].
>> If nobody objects to the removal, I will start working on this
>> Wednesday.
>> [1]
>> [2]
> Well... I still want to get MPWA operational, and I don't know that port
> submit is inherently a bad idea. Of course, much of the current code is
> likely to be unusable with the new MPWA.

The functionality of 'port submit' should not be vital for the
deployment of MPWA. The initial goal of MPWA should be to have a better
list of available ports online and then we can think of such advanced
features as 'port submit'.

Additionally I want to note that there are features in the current base
that are untested by developers and most probably not used by anyone.
This 'port submit' is one example for that, another one would be using a
remote ports tree over HTTP/FTP and also the alternate work source path
I proposed to be removed last year already [1].

Also, with each addition of such experimental features, the code base
has become harder to understand for new developers and lots of
cross-references between port1.0 and macports1.0 were introduced, which
is not how they were meant to work in my opinion.

So ripping out unused features reduces complexity in the code base and
hopefully makes it easier to understand, maybe even allows separation of
macports1.0 and port1.0 in the future.



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