question about ports

Jens Rehsack rehsack at
Tue Jul 15 03:51:06 PDT 2003

Antoine Jacoutot wrote:

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> On Tuesday 15 July 2003 12:25, you wrote:


> In fact I wanted to try adding an option in mgetty, like:
> "if WITH_USR=yes, then patch the mgetty source"

This usually went this way, even if I don't want to prevent you from
asking the ports maintainer to accept/commit your patch. Usually you
create the patch against mgetty, send this patch to the mgetty
author(s). If they accept your patch and it's included into the next
release, the port may be enhanced with a flag 'WITH_USR' which enables
eg. the CONFIGURATION_ARGS '--with-usr'.

You can place the patch for mgetty into the files/ directory in the
port location, the name of the patchfile must start with patch- to be
applied automatically. You should create the patch in that way you will
submit it to the mgetty author(s), so you can prove it's full working
and don't blame yourself with sending broken code.

> I'll have alook at the porters handbook.

It's a good start :-)

>>Yes, on you own machine you can have each directory you want. If you
>>want to change something in the ports structure, you should ask the
>>PortManagers at portmgr at and substantiate your
> OK, but if I cvsup, won't my directory be erased ?

Nope, only directories and files which were in the cvs tree before and
became deleted are deleted at your machine, too, when you've specified
'*default delete' in your cvsupfile.

>>Hope it helps a little bit.
> I does, thanks a lot :)

No thanks, therefore is the questions@ list. AFAIK php has such a one, 
too, hm?


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