Updating and Ports

Roland Smith rsmith at xs4all.nl
Wed Oct 1 20:35:25 UTC 2008

On Wed, Oct 01, 2008 at 04:15:20PM -0400, Grant Peel wrote:
> Hi all,
> I have heard people chattering occasionally about /etc/make.conf.
> In a few days, I will be updating from 6.2, and 6.3, to RELENGE_6_3 and am 
> curious how I can use / modufy /etc/make.conf so that I dont need to install 
> all my ports again.

You only have to reinstall your ports if you change to another major
version, e.g. from 6.x to 7.x. For a change from 6.2 to RELENG_6_3 that
isn't necessary. 

Editing make.conf will not in any way reinstall ports for you. What it
make.conf does is pass options to the 'make' program. Nothing
more. Options in make.conf can be global or only apply when make is
called from a specific directory:

----- make.conf example -----
# Global flag; documentation languages

# Flag specific to the cups port.
.if ${.CURDIR:M*/print/cups*}
----- make.conf example -----

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