21. Miscellaneous Questions

21.1. Why are trivial or cosmetic changes to files on a vendor branch a bad idea?
21.2. How do I add a new file to a branch?
21.3. How do I access people.FreeBSD.org to put up personal or project information?
21.4. Where are the mailing list archives stored?
21.5. I would like to mentor a new committer. What process do I need to follow?
21.6. Are there any perks of being an FreeBSD committer?

21.1.

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.

21.2.

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.

21.3.

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/.

21.4.

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.

21.5.

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.

21.6.

Are there any perks of being an FreeBSD committer?

Recognition as a competent software engineer is the longest lasting value. In addition, getting a chance to work with some of the best people that every engineer would dream of meeting is a great perk!

FreeBSD committers can get a free 4-CD or DVD set at conferences from FreeBSD Mall, Inc..

In addition, developers may request a cloaked hostmask for their account on the Freenode IRC network in the form of freebsd/developer/freefall name or freebsd/developer/NickServ name. To request a cloak, send an email to with your requested hostmask and NickServ account name.

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