This is a list of ports tasks, resources and ideas. Most of them are referenced by links (many not present in the FrontPage) and some of them are very short, which could be integrated here. They are grouped in categories for easier browsing.
Table of Contents
See WantedPorts (new desired ports)
../TrackingUpstreamUpdates (info on checking for outdated ports)
Clean up ports
../LongtermTargets (statistics about ports which need clean up)
Some ports with CONFLICTS could be patched to rename conflicting files
Obsolete (deprecated and expired) ports to be removed/fixed (see freshports)
Additions to the current ports documentation.
PortsPageProposal (additions for the ports section of the Handbook)
In addition, IMHO the whole ports documentation could be put in a single document. Currently some information is contained in the Handbook (usage for users; missing update information). Porter's Handbook (for port developers; some issues described in above links) and Committer's Guide (sections about ports tree integration in CVS, repocopies, etc). A single document could have the following sections (not necessarily ordered, and some could be appendices):
- Using the Ports Collection
Ports (adding, removing, searching, configuring - including knobs, OPTIONS and bsd.*.mk user variables, etc)
- Packages (using from CDs, FTP, etc)
- Updating the tree (CVSup, anoncvs, portsnap, snapshot tarballs, downgrading)
- Updating the installed packages (portupgrade, portmaster, ports/UPDATING, etc)
- Resources (web related pages: freshports, FreeBSD ports page, reporting errors, etc)
Developing ports (Porter's Handbook; all usable bsd.*.mk variables, recommended practices for various cases, useful targets and scripts for developing, etc)
Ports system internals (portbuild, package builds, package database format, how DESTDIR works, scripts in Tools, all targets, etc), or maybe in a manpage
- Submitter's guide (send-pr links, best practices, required information, etc)
- Committer's guide (Committer's guide relevant part; how ports are structured into CVS, ports practices, etc)
Ports system infrastructure
Improvements to the current ports system and/or layout
NewPortsCategories (proposed new category layouts)
PortsUsingSQLite (using SQLite for the package database)
../Options (OPTIONS framework changes)
PortsAndClang (overall status of the clang/ports effort, with references to various -exp runs)
Per port pages
Specific port pages, also see entries under Ports.
At any given time, approximately 20 - 25% of ALL ports are unmaintained. Orphaned ports need love too! If you use it, consider adopting it. To find all ports that you have installed that are up for grabs, simply run pkg query -e %m=ports@FreeBSD.org %o.
Now that you know what is available, here are some links to guide you through the process.
http://lists.freebsd.org/pipermail/freebsd-announce/2006-May/001065.html, kris' announcement soliciting volunteers
http://www.freebsd.org/doc/en_US.ISO8859-1/articles/contributing-ports/index.html, Contributing to the ports collection
http://www.freebsd.org/doc/en_US.ISO8859-1/books/porters-handbook/, Porter's Handbook
http://email@example.com, provides current port version
http://portsmon.freebsd.org/portsconcordanceformaintainer.py?maintainer=ports%40FreeBSD.org, portsmon cluster, has information regarding errors and open PRs against the port
http://www.oook.cz/bsd/sexiness.html, Pav's Guide to PR Sexiness
(MarkLinimon note: these are pages that have not been updated in some time.)
AndrewPantyukhin/Ports (wanted and in progress ports)
AndrewPantyukhin/Ports/Stats (some random statistics)
Metalink (supporting metalinks, P2P, etc)
portmgr (agenda/tasks of the ports management team)
ErwinLansing/Ports_BOF (topics for ports related discussions in last conference)
Ports Resources, Status, and Monitoring
Notes and clues about different porting scenarios.
../Ports (various general and per-port notes)
../Configure (various configure hacks and workarounds)
../AvoidingLinuxisms (notes about porting Linux applications)
MaintainerNotes (permission and preferences of maintainers about commits to their ports)
Status and monitoring
Statistics, reports and status of ports.
portsmon (specialized status reports, including PRs and correlation)