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FreeBSD group officially ends support for 2.2-stable, talks about future of ports.

Jan 21, 1999, 00:06 (0 Talkback[s])

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From: asami@FreeBSD.ORG (Satoshi Asami)

Hello world,

Well, the time has finally come. The 3.0 tree was branched to 3.1-stable (RELENG_3) and 4.0-current (HEAD) today.

As has been announced before, the support for the 2.2 branch by the ports team has now officially ended. New ports will no longer required to be tested on 2.2. Also, ELF has been the default format for the 3.0 branch for some time, so now seems like a good time to declare the end of a.out support too.

We will not yank 2.2/a.out support from existing ports, but will not require 2.2 or a.out support be preserved across port updates either. This means that the numbef of ports that can be compiled on 2.2 will slowly decrease over time. In a few months' time, I will remove all 2.2/a.out support from bsd.port*.mk. That will finally free us from all the kludges we had to put into the system and the ports tree in order to make a smooth (relatively speaking -- don't laugh) transition from 2.2/a.out to 3.0/ELF.

I will build the final snapshot of packages-2.2-stable tonight and put it up on It will be kept there for a few months, but will not be updated except for the "upgrade kits". I will do my best to keep the upgrade kits in sync, but as I no longer have 2.2 machines around, I can't make any guarantees. (Also, as I said above, the ports themselves will evolve away from the 2.2 branch, and there will be more and more ports that can't be built even with the upgrade kits. Please move to 3.1-stable soon. :)

As for the new branches, new ports are required to build on both 3.1-stable and 4.0-current. For now, i386 packages will be built for 3.1-stable only; I will start building packages for both branches when it seems necessary (right now they are identical so it's rather pointless to divide the resources). Since we now have the 8-machine "package building cluster" running at full speed, we should be able to build the packages with a much shorter turnaround time. We will also start providing packages for the alpha platform, although when exactly that will happen is still up in the air at the moment.

Since I'm posting to -announce, I would also like to take this opportunity to thank Walnut Creek CDROM for providing us with the cluster to automate package building, and all the people involved in the ports collection (especially those who are committing new ports and fixing existing ones like madmen -- you know who you are :) for all the great work you have done. It is a gross understatement to merely state that we couldn't have reached this point (2,044 ports!) without you.

Satoshi (and the invincible ports team)

Jordan Hubbard (FreeBSD Leader) adds a quick correction:

Just by way of clarification, it's actually being referred to as "3.0-stable" right now in all of our docs since 3.1 does not yet exist. Just wanted to head off any potential confusion over this! :)