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Date:      Sat, 12 Feb 2000 16:15:56 -0800
From:      Jeremy Lea <reg@FreeBSD.ORG>
To:        Richard Wackerbarth <>
Cc:        Will Andrews <>, freebsd-ports@FreeBSD.ORG
Subject:   Re: /usr/ports/ too big?
Message-ID:  <>
In-Reply-To: <00021215021001.02300@localhost.localdomain>; from on Sat, Feb 12, 2000 at 02:38:01PM -0600
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On Sat, Feb 12, 2000 at 02:38:01PM -0600, Richard Wackerbarth wrote:
> I would suggest that we replace each port with a single FILE which contains a
> description and the designator of the port.
> The makefiles and patches, etc. for a particular port can then be kept in an
> 'ar'chive which gets expanded only while building. These archives don't even
> need to be fetched until someone wants to build the port.

How well does CVS handle ar files?  ie, is a one line change a one line
diff...  Remember, people need to maintain these, and we do that through
CVS.  We *really* do not want to move away from a central port's

Personally, I like the idea of moving to a flat port 'delta'.  Although
I'd go two steps further, and make COMMENT the first line of DESCR and
only have a single patch per port.


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