Re: How to override port Makefile to point to local directory?

From: Pat Maddox <>
Date: Mon, 16 May 2022 06:08:31 UTC
On 15 May 2022, at 22:28, Pat Maddox wrote:

> On 15 May 2022, at 20:49, Chris wrote:
>> On 2022-05-15 20:29, Pat Maddox wrote:
>>> I am writing software that I would eventually like to install on 
>>> FreeBSD. I'm
>>> currently stuck trying to write a Makefile that will point to my 
>>> local git dir, so
>>> I can build and install it while I'm developing. All of the finished 
>>> Makefiles
>>> reference tar packages, which makes sense. But when I'm actively 
>>> developing, I
>>> don't want to commit the code, push it, have it built, update the 
>>> makefile with
>>> the commit, and make.
>>> Does anyone know of a way to override options to a port's Makefile 
>>> to point to a
>>> local directory on disk? I want to run "sudo make install" and "make 
>>> package" from
>>> my development directory, using the same Makefile that would be in 
>>> the ports tree.
>> You can perform make out of tree build/installs w/o issue. The ports 
>> infrastructure
>> will post a couple of warnings. But nothing to stop you from 
>> development. I do it out
>> of ~/DEV/<category>/port-im-developing all the time.
>> HTH
>> Chris
>>> Pat
> Cool, how do I do that?
> Here’s the Makefile in my project directory: 
> When I run `make install`, it downloads the zip from GitHub. That 
> makes sense, because that’s what it’s configured to do, and I 
> haven’t passed in any options to find the source elsewhere.
> I don’t know how to tell make not to fetch & extract, because I 
> already have the source locally.
> Pat

Well I wrote a script that generates the folder structure and zip that 
make expects, and moves it into place:

I figure there’s gotta be some sort of `make SRCDIR=. install` to 
bypass fetch & extract, but this will do for now.