Changing location of ports tree
ross.penner at gmail.com
Sun Nov 6 22:15:51 GMT 2005
On Sun, 06 Nov 2005 13:16:02 -0800, Alex Zbyslaw <xfb52 at dial.pipex.com>
> ross wrote:
>> My /usr partition is to small for some of the larger programs
>> (openoffice.org, jdk, etc) and I want to move my ports tree to a
>> harddrive with more space. can I just change the line in
>> /usr/local/etc/pkgtools.conf that says "ENV['PORTSDIR'] ||=
>> '/usr/ports'" to "ENV['PORTSDIR'] ||= '/mybigfatharddrive/ports'"?
>> Will all the pkg tools such as portsnap, portupgrade, and portversion
>> continue to function properly? will I have to edit any other config
>> files before this will work seemlessly?
> Move the tree then make a symlink from /usr/ports to your new dir.
> That's guaranteed to work. You could also try just moving the distfiles
> subdir and symlinking it, since that really takes the space (apart from
> building). Without knowing how little space you have, it's hard to know
> if that will be good enough.
> Just changing the ENV in pkgtools.conf will only work for tools which
> use it, which I don't think includes portsnap. You'd want to set it in
> your root shell for everything to see it.
> Or, for the larger ports just make with WRKDIRPREFIX set to somewhere
> with lots of space. You can set that is pkgtools.conf per port,
> assuming you use portupgrade or in make.conf, for every port to use it.
> I don't like that as for some ports I sometimes need to keep the work
> subdir hanging around.
> See man ports!
that symbolic link trick works wonders. Thanks for that tip as well as the
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