Port development status (was: Re: libjpeg vs. libjpeg-turbo)

Rainer Müller raimue at macports.org
Fri May 22 05:36:49 PDT 2015

On 2015-05-22 14:03, Russell Jones wrote:
> MP does experimental with local port repos, I guess. Ports seem to vary
> between testing and no maintainer (not an unknown problem in Debian
> https://lists.debian.org/debian-qa/2005/07/msg00047.html ). Flagging the
> port status is a good idea, but I think definitions and maybe a harder
> division than that is required. PyPI allows that information to be
> stored ("Development Status"
> https://pypi.python.org/pypi?:action=browse&c=5 ), but (that I've seen)
> it's not part of a process in the way it is with Debian.

What would be the purpose of this development status indicator?
What if a port flagged "stable" depends on an "unstable" port?

The effect for the end-user would be the same: either the port works, or
it does not work. They will not care about any status indicator.


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