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BSD Today: Keeping track of your favorite ports

May 11, 2000, 04:43 (1 Talkback[s])

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"Dan Langille wanted an easier way to find out about recent changes and updates to the FreeBSD ports. So over the past six weeks, the New Zealand-based software engineer developed freshports.org, because, he says, there was "nothing around that did it already." His "entirely automated" system, using PHP, MySQL, Apache, awk and perl running on a FreeBSD machine, keeps up-to-date by parsing messages from a mailing list and then, if needed, getting information using CVS directly from the ports tree."

"It's similar to FreeBSD's Port Changes webpage, but Langille says, "not quite the same -- it's like mine but I took it one step further."

"Freshports.org lists information about recently updated ports which can be displayed by all categories, individual categories and the date of the last change. According to the website, the status is based on the changes of the Makefile, pkg/DESC or pkg/COMMENT files for a port."

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