Packages and dports update frequency

Francois Tigeot ftigeot at
Sun Jun 25 12:30:43 PDT 2017

On Sun, Jun 25, 2017 at 08:42:44AM -0500, John Marino wrote:
> Dports generation is frozen until Rust is fixed.
> I'm waiting for M. Neumann to update the port.  I was told that would 
> happen 2 weeks ago so I don't know what the hold-up is.
> Without a way to update rust easily, we'd have to drop firefox.

Only the latest www/firefox port version (Firefox 54) requires Rust.
(and even then it only seems to be an option)

There is a www/firefox-esr port based on Firefox 52 which should be
maintained for a full year and which does not require Rust.

If we stop freezing DPorts, we will only lose the latest version of
Firefox. Firefox 52 will still be usable for a long time.

I think it's a small price to pay compared to the problem of having
an outdated and insecure application ports tree.

If the Rust authors don't want to make it possible to easily update
their software, it's their call but tens of thousands of other
applications shouldn't have to suffer for it.

Francois Tigeot

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