Sharing /usr/ports between AMD64 and I386 ok?

Freddie Cash fcash at
Tue Dec 27 13:19:01 PST 2005

> On Tue, Dec 27, 2005 at 09:20:47PM +0100 I heard the voice of
> Pav Lucistnik, and lo! it spake thus:
>> Francisco Reyes p??e v ?t 27. 12. 2005 v 14:55 -0500:

>>> Is /usr/ports the same for AM64 and I386?

>> The FreeBSD Ports Collection is one and the same across all the
>> releases and architectures.

> Just make sure you scrupulously `make clean`, or sooner or later
> you'll end up installing a dependancy on the wrong architecture.  Not
> that I've ever done such a thing, you understand...

NFS mount /usr/ports from the central server, but set the work
directory prefix (WRKDIRPREFIX) to something local so that all disk
writes (tarball extracts, patching, compiling, etc) is done on the
local system.  That way, you can do multiple port compiles on separate
systems without them stepping on each other's toes.  And you don't
have to worry about endianness, bitness, or anything else.

Freddie Cash, LPIC-1 CCNT CCLP        Helpdesk / Network Support Tech.
School District 73                    (250) 377-HELP [377-4357]
fcash at                      helpdesk at

More information about the freebsd-amd64 mailing list