Policy on `obsolete` ports...

Fred Wright fw at fwright.net
Fri Nov 19 23:15:04 UTC 2021

On Fri, 19 Nov 2021, Perry E. Metzger wrote:

> Howdy! As things stand, we don't explicitly say much in our rules about 
> whether people can remove obsolete ports after a year even without a port 
> maintainer's say-so. We also have circumstances where people leave 
> "maintainer" lines in ports that have been put into `obsolete`.
> 4. If a subport is set `obsolete`, the usual rules about the maintainer 
> needing to consent to touching the Portfile should not apply for removing 
> said subport in a year, as the one year is (again) enough time for them to 
> think better on it.

Any edit to a port potentially conflicts with something the maintainer(s) 
may be doing.  The only justification for bypassing the normal maintainer 
timeout is when deploying the change is time-critical.  Removing an 
obsolete port that's been in place for months hardly qualifies.

Fred Wright

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