Questions on Porting

David Stanford dthomas53 at
Thu Jun 15 05:17:52 UTC 2006

Okay, I decided to just have the source extract to ${DATADIR}. I've attached
the port. I'd like to see what some you all think and maybe correct any
errors I may have made...then I'd like to submit it. Thanks!


On 6/12/06, David Stanford <dthomas53 at> wrote:
> Hello all,
> I'm currently attempting to create my first port (for SSL-Explorer<>)
> and wanted to make sure I was on the right track before continuing any
> further. First, I'd like to know if anyone else has begun this already as I
> wouldn't want to continue on duplicating the effort. If anyone has already
> begun this, please let me know. My second question is one concerning best
> practices for porting software such as this that requires user interaction
> during the build and installation. Basically, to install this (java-based)
> software you need to build it using ant (devel/apache-ant) which doesn't
> just build, but actually opens up a TCP port and has you browse to it via
> HTTP and create the initial configuration through a web interface. So my
> question is should something like this be ported in a way that it merely
> installs the source into, say, ${LOCAL_BASE} and then just prints
> pkg-message with brief installation directions, or should it actually be
> built during "make install"? I ask because I would think the latter is a
> security concern to anyone who hasn't used the port before and may not be
> keeping an eye on the build.
> Any and all comments appreciated!
> -David
> P.S. I'm sure I'll have a few more questions once this one's out of the
> way. ;)
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