Compatability with FreeBSD Ports

Justin C. Sherrill justin at
Fri Aug 12 20:31:53 PDT 2005

On Fri, August 12, 2005 10:49 pm, Chris Pressey said:

> If lots of users use Foo, then lots of patches to get Foo working will
> come in, and Foo will be well-maintained.  If no users use Bar, then no
> patches for Bar will come in, and Bar will rot.  Problem solved - the
> packages that are well-maintained are exactly the ones that are in
> demand.  What need is there for a list?  How is it not just another,
> unnecessary level of organization on top of something that already
> organizes itself automatically?

We can, given our currently smaller user base, end up in a scenario where
we have a number of users for a given package Foo, but nobody with the
time or skill to fix.

I think Hiten's looking to distribute our relatively limited resources
where they would do the most good.  A voting system will skew away from
reality, I daresay, and requires more work.  However, if we could track,
say, package download quantity (from, if that's where
pkgsrc binary builds end up), that would give us a good estimate, without
having to put much effort into it.

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