22. Miscellaneous Questions

22.1. Why are trivial or cosmetic changes to files on a vendor branch a bad idea?
22.2. How do I add a new file to a branch?
22.3. How do I access people.FreeBSD.org to put up personal or project information?
22.4. Where are the mailing list archives stored?
22.5. I would like to mentor a new committer. What process do I need to follow?

22.1.

Why are trivial or cosmetic changes to files on a vendor branch a bad idea?

  • From now on, every new vendor release of that file will need to have patches merged in by hand.

  • From now on, every new vendor release of that file will need to have patches verified by hand.

22.2.

How do I add a new file to a branch?

To add a file onto a branch, simply checkout or update to the branch you want to add to and then add the file using the add operation as you normally would. This works fine for the doc and ports trees. The src tree uses SVN and requires more care because of the mergeinfo properties. See section 1.4.6 of the Subversion Primer for details. Refer to SubversionPrimer/Merging for details on how to perform an MFC.

22.3.

How do I access people.FreeBSD.org to put up personal or project information?

people.FreeBSD.org is the same as freefall.FreeBSD.org. Just create a public_html directory. Anything you place in that directory will automatically be visible under http://people.FreeBSD.org/.

22.4.

Where are the mailing list archives stored?

The mailing lists are archived under /g/mail which will show up as /hub/g/mail with pwd(1). This location is accessible from any machine on the FreeBSD cluster.

22.5.

I would like to mentor a new committer. What process do I need to follow?

See the New Account Creation Procedure document on the internal pages.

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