jjstickel at gmail.com
Mon Dec 3 16:00:51 UTC 2018
I would like to express some concerns about trends I've noticed in the
Macports community. I've been a Macports user and contributor for many
years. I understand the imperfect nature of open-source projects run by
volunteers. Interest and contributions, both by developers and periphery
contributors, waxes and wanes. It seems to me that Macports is waning.
With the move to github, developer and port-maintainer attention to
tickets on trac really dropped off. This was partially made up for by
increased attention and fast turnaround with pull requests. Recently,
even pull requests are languishing. Reasonable fixes are ignored, or, if
problems with the contributions are identified by developers and
maintainers, the problems are pointed out with no effort to provide
I try to help where and when I can. When something is not working for
me, I try my best to find a fix and contribute a pull request. I also
respond in a reasonable time to tickets and PRs for ports for which I am
maintainer. I think this is quite reasonable and the best I can do
considering my paying job. I know that I do not have enough time to act
as a developer, and so I am not asking for that.
So where is Macports headed? I think the core architecture and systems
of Macports are well built. It just needs a little more attention. How
can we achieve that? Has Homewbrew simply siphoned off too much user and
developer base? I don't know.
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