chmod -R g+w /usr/ports?

Joel rees at
Wed Apr 6 04:06:47 PDT 2005

On Wed, 6 Apr 2005 12:23:39 +0200
Tobias Roth <roth at> wrote

> On Wed, Apr 06, 2005 at 07:12:30PM +0900, Joel wrote:
> > I'm sure this is a flamewar kind of question. I did at least search the
> > ports archive for "chmod".
> > 
> > So, here's my probably shallow analysis:
> > 
> > My general admin user is a member of wheel. The ports tree is all group
> > wheel. Therefore, 
> > 
> >     chmod -R g+w /usr/ports 
> > 
> > and I can at least make without being root.
> > 
> > What am I missing, besides the obvious -- make install won't fly without
> > su or sudo? 
> you're missing WRKDIRPREFIX

Thanks, t.

Does that mean that if the port honors WRKDIRPREFIX, I can even 
make install without switching to root? No?

Actually, what I'm trying to ask about is the advisability of opening
the ports tree to writes from the group, if I make sure the only member
of wheel is the admin user I use for installs. (I hardly make sense to
myself sometimes.)

Joel Rees   <rees at>
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Don't mean to be dense, I was just born that way.

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