make KNOBS

Scot Hetzel swhetzel at
Tue Feb 26 12:59:34 UTC 2008

On Tue, Feb 26, 2008 at 2:03 AM, Jeremy Chadwick <koitsu at> wrote:
> Additionally, the WITH/WITHOUT variables seen in the Makefile are not
> always what they seem.  For ports that use OPTIONS, you cannot define
> these on the command-line (e.g. make WITHOUT_FRUIT=yes); you absolutely
> MUST do 'make config' and then toggle them there.  (This is one piece of
> the OPTIONS framework which I have always disliked, because some of us
> use /etc/make.conf to define WITH/WITHOUT variables, and prefer to do
> "cd /usr/ports/whatever && make clean && make && make install" and not
> have something interactive pop up.  That's for another discussion
> though...)
You should be able to do:

cd /usr/ports/whatever && make clean && make -DBATCH && make -DBATCH install

Check the port to see if it disables parts of its build/install
process when BATCH is defined.

Another way would be to define _OPTIONS_OK=yes in /etc/make.conf, but
this is an internal variable to

Also defining WITH/WITHOUT variables in /etc/make.conf and/or
${PREFIX}/etc/ports.conf (sysutils/portconf) should work with ports
that use the OPTIONS framework.


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