On releases (as opposed to CURRENT), pkg(8) defaults to the quarterly branch. The portsnap(8), however, doesn't. This means the user who wants to build a port from source (for whatever reasons) might hit a conflict. The portsnap(8) should either default to quarterly as well, or it should warn the user about the situation.
Portsnap does not handle branches at all, so cannot help with this. The user should use svn to checkout a tree.
Is this documented somewhere?
I think the best solution would be to implement a way to choose which branch to follow with portsnap (just as with pkg). And then, as Edward pointed out, a warning if portsnap isn't following the same branch as pkg.
(In reply to Jack-Benny Persson from comment #2)
Sorry, I missed Brad's comment that Portsnap dosen't handle branches at all...
(In reply to Brad Davis from comment #1)
Unfortunately no, see bug #228333
what is the current status?
Does ports-secteam have to be active here?
Portsnap doesn't currently support quarterly branches - you'd have to check one out with svn.
You may be interested in a broader discussion about the issue you've brought up:
It would be nice if portsnap could be used for quarterly (just the most recent quarter). It wouldn't do much most of the time since versions are frozen through each quarter, but it could be a nice tool for smoothly transitioning the ports tree into the next quarter along with the pkg repo.
I'll close up here. If there are any problems, please reopen.
But what's the solution then? Have portsnap repos been switched to following quarterly instead of head?
(In reply to Edward Tomasz Napierala from comment #8)
The PR has now been open for 2 years.
Antoine (part of portmgr) has passed it on from portmgr to cperciva without comment. He has not commented on it until today. So there seems to be no interest in it.
if you could direct the PR to pkg@FreeBSD.org, which maintains pkg.
Sorry, still too little coffee ... I didn't mean pkg, but portsnap, which is probably maintained by cperciva. But since no comment has been posted here for the last 2 years, there seems to be no interest in it.
Just for the record, a bit of context: portsnap is going away (https://lists.freebsd.org/pipermail/freebsd-ports/2020-August/119098.html), so this really is getting overcome by events.