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OpenBSD Ports Watcher
Contributed by mbalmer on Sat Jul 8 07:30:00 2006 (GMT)
from the we-need-ports dept.

Not all people are happy with new ports being announced on undeadly.org in the form we did lately; there will be less such announcements. Alex Holst, a@mongers.org, however, steps in and offers a nice service for those interested in new ports:

pwatcher analyses changes to the OpenBSD ports tree and offers a HTML summary output, allowing for a quick overview of new and dropped ports.

pwatcher answers questions like "which ports have just been added to -current?" or "which ports didn't exist in the previous release?"

If our httpd logs show that people actually start using pwatcher, we'll continue working on the todo list, namely making each port link to a summary page and maybe even an RSS feed of new ports in -current.

Visit the ports watcher at pwatcher.mongers.org

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  Re: OpenBSD Ports Watcher (mod -4/76)
by David Steinberg (66.65.22.47) (dave@redterror.net) on Sat Jul 8 12:01:39 2006 (GMT)
http://www.geekisp.com/
  I'd love an RSS feed. :)
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  Re: OpenBSD Ports Watcher (mod 14/84)
by Eager Beaver (71.222.29.227) on Sat Jul 8 16:57:02 2006 (GMT)
  That's a nifty tool.

But I would like to say that the port posts actually were pretty useful to a section of your audience: folks who don't already know what everything does.

See, I personally am not familiar with what's out there. I use OpenBSD in some basic roles, and it's the only *nix I use. But I'm relativey new to the entire *nix world... I don't really know what's out there. Of the posts curently on the Undeadly home page, most told me something new or potentially useful. (And the rest were at least mildly interesting.) Before, I didn't know most of these tools existed at all. Now I do, and I can evaluate if they're right for me.

Having a ports watcher report that tells me security/prelude was updated is not nearly as useful as a short article telling me that Prelude is a tool for integrating various IDS systems. I didn't know that, so a report saying security/prelude/* was ported would have been just noise.

So on behalf of the people new to OpenBSD, and the ignorant-but-eager-to-learn more generally, I say please keep the ports articles coming. (Indeed, please keep *all* submitted articles coming... undeadly has yet to be burdened with too many articles.) A few articles about good tools from the more experienced folks will go a long way towards helping us newbies out.

Thanks.
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  Re: OpenBSD Ports Watcher (mod 16/88)
by Chris Snell (166.70.206.242) on Sat Jul 8 18:27:12 2006 (GMT)
http://chrissnell.com
  I like the port anouncements here. Stories about ports beats no stories at all!
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  Re: OpenBSD Ports Watcher (mod -6/80)
by Joachim Schipper (82.134.241.64) on Sat Jul 8 18:34:01 2006 (GMT)
  This is a good compromise, I believe. Those of us who also watch ports@ and port-changes@, like myself, do not have to scroll by those posts; those of us who don't care, needn't read them either; and those of us who like a nice cozy web-interface get it.

It should probably be linked under 'OpenBSD resources' on the right of the main page, and probably in some other places, too, or it will be forgotten soon. (Then again, no diff is attached, so who am I ;-) )

Joachim
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  Re: OpenBSD Ports Watcher (mod 22/94)
by Anonymous Coward (69.243.48.238) on Sun Jul 9 02:42:22 2006 (GMT)
  All of these anti-ports posting whiners are making undeadly unfun.
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  Re: OpenBSD Ports Watcher (mod -7/77)
by Anonymous Coward (66.39.191.42) on Mon Jul 10 03:40:38 2006 (GMT)
  We do have this thing called the "ports" mailing list.... I think it has something to do with that damn "commit" function in that cvs program everyone keeps talking about. I wonder if "commit" doesn't have something to do with updated ports. Golly gee.
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  Re: OpenBSD Ports Watcher (mod 1/71)
by Anonymous Coward (63.237.125.164) on Tue Jul 11 16:29:48 2006 (GMT)
  The value of undeadly is that it presents useable information which is then followed up with insightful commentary.

Most articles are about how core features are implemented, or how to accomplish a specific task.

Please keep ports announcements on undeadly, but require they be qualified by an article showing how to use the port to accomplish a specific task.

Thanks.
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