Ryan Schmidt ryandesign at macports.org
Sat Nov 16 12:55:55 UTC 2019

On Nov 16, 2019, at 06:49, joerg van den hoff wrote:

> thanks a lot for all these clarifications. I really was not aware that package update is so dependent on manual intervention the macports package maintainers. which makes your work even more impressive.
> and I am completely aware that it is voluntary work and you are under no obligation (or expectation AFAIAC) to "make it work" for the users
> according to _their_ rather than your own priorities...
> so if your message is that for your side tickets (even for things like "please update the package" are less burdensome than this ML, then I will comply of course. I was so far under the impression that
> tickets are reserved for reporting real malfunctioning of packet installs or `ports' bugs proper...
> regarding PRs for package updates: is their a procedure guideline how this is done properly or do I have to find my way around myself?

If you want to ask for a port to be updated, filing a ticket is better than mentioning it on the mailing list, because tickets can be more easily searched and assigned to people. Use the ticket type "update" and put the maintainer's email or GitHub handle in the Cc field.

If you want to help us out and try to do the update yourself and submit it, that's great.

For help with editing portfiles, our guide should cover the basics: https://guide.macports.org

For help working with git, including making a pull request, we have: https://trac.macports.org/wiki/WorkingWithGit ; there's also lots of other non-MacPorts-specific advice out there on the Internet for working with git.

If git is too troublesome, it's also fine to attach a diff of your work to a ticket (though inevitably someone will reply recommending you submit a pull request instead).

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