qmail question (or creating a "dummy" package)

Haim Ashkenazi haim at babysnakes.org
Thu Jul 29 07:25:03 PDT 2004

On Thu, 29 Jul 2004 15:12:30 +0100, Matthew Seaman wrote:

> On Thu, Jul 29, 2004 at 05:03:50PM +0300, Haim Ashkenazi wrote:
>> I want to compile qmail with patches that are not in the ports (I want to
>> test some of the patches in http://netdevice.com/qmail/rcptck/). since I'm
>> a FreeBSD newbie I won't even start thinking about creating a port for it,
>> so my other option (beside installing the port and then installing from
>> source over it) is to search for a 'dummy' mechanism that will cause ports
>> that depend on qmail to install even if it's not installed from the ports.
>> is there a way to do it?
> That's the default behaviour.  When a port checks to see if its
> dependencies have been fulfilled, it doesn't look at the list of
> already installed ports.  Instead it checks for the presence or
> absence of a particular file (often a shlib).  If that file is
> missing, it will install the port listed in the second part of the
> That means you can install a dependency completely outside the ports
> system if you wish, or you can substitute a different port to satisfy
> that dependency -- eg. databases/p5-DBD-mysql for p5-Mysql
thanx for the (fast) response.


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