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317 words by attila written on 2015–12–16, last edit: 2017–09–03, tags: admin, projectPrevious post: Announcing Porting PETsNext post: Still Plugging Away


First: hats off to gman999 for his incessant efforts in getting the content of this site in better shape. I especially applaud this low-tech/no-tech blog layout in MultiMarkdown.

I have been noticeably lacking, but not totally idle. I’ve had to take some paying work, which has slowed me down on open source, but my path forward is fairly clear. My main task is to rework the makefiles (mainly the stuff in Makefile.inc) that comprise the OpenBSD ports for TBB so that they dovetail with and use as much as possible of the Mozillan infrastructure already in the OpenBSD ports tree, much of it due to landry@, who has already helped me a couple of times. I should’ve done this from the beginning but my head wasn’t really on straight when I first started this. I’ve been reticent about touching anything that I didn’t write, choosing instead to adapt what others have done to get something working. Although this was perhaps effective in the short term if we want this in the tree it has to be consonant with it… in short: if you’re serious about contributing to OpenBSD then pick up a shovel and start digging, but politely. I’m sure I can do that so I just have to get to it.

I hope to have a first cut at a rework of the ports, still based on 5.0.3, sometime next week… I don’t really celebrate any holidays so I’m hoping to get a lot done while the rest of the world sleeps it off. Once the makefiles are closer to right I’ll work on an update to 5.0.5 (or whatever is current on the 5.0.x branch). I’m afraid I might miss the next ports lock window because I’ve taken too long, but oh, well… que sera sera.


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