Question about ports builds

Ion-Mihai IOnut Tetcu itetcu at
Thu Jul 6 18:59:02 UTC 2006

On Thu, 06 Jul 2006 12:07:55 -0400
Chuck Swiger <cswiger at> wrote:

> Charlie Sorsby wrote:
> > When one builds (or attempts to build) a port, does the Makefile
> > know about dependencies and, if necessary, fetch and build any 
> > that are needed but not found?
> Yes and yes.
> [ ... ]
> > PS It would be really helpful if each port/package at
> > had an indication whether it requires the latest and greatest
> > version of freeBSD.  Put another way, it would be nice to know the
> > oldest version of freeBSD it will work with.  Perhaps that could be
> > included in the "Requires" list on the page for the port/package.
> The people maintaining the ports attempt to support them on all of the active 
> versions of FreeBSD, which means 4.10 or 4.11, 5.3 and later, 6.0 and later, 
> and -CURRENT (what will become 7.0).  Support for 4.x is going away soon, 
> however, and it will become more common for new ports to not work on 4.x as 
> time passes.
> For those ports that do not work with an older version like 4.x because of 
> features added to more recent versions of the operating system, ports usually 
> will indicate this in the Makefile.

Actually "support" for 4.x is gone already. We're only required to mark
the ports broken or incorporate patches from the users. Of curse, we
try to fix broken ports on 4-STABLE but that battle is going to be lost.

IOnut - Un^d^dregistered ;) FreeBSD "user"
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