Port maintainer query: what to use to specify serial port?

David Wolfskill david at catwhisker.org
Wed May 10 03:54:31 UTC 2006

The author of the port I maintain (astro/gpsman) has recently informed
me that he's released an updated distribution, so I'd like to update the
FreeBSD port to correspond.

It's a pretty simple port -- it's a Tcl/Tk application; there's no
compilation involved.

But it is developed under Linux, so the port has a few patches to the
author's code to make things work better (or "at all") in FreeBSD.

One of the patches has historically changed the default serial port from
/dev/ttyS0 to /dev/cuaa0.

But I just noticed that my laptop (running 6.1-STABLE) doesn't have
/dev/cuaa0.  Right; that was one of the changes from 4.x, so it should
be /dev/cuad0... well, for 6.x.  Is there a decent way to make the
replacement appropriate for the OS running at the time of installation
(that isn't so much additional hassle that it's not really worth the
bother)?  Do we care enough about 4.x to address this issue?

Please respond to me, as I'm not subscribed to this list (Reply-To
set intentionally); feel free to also include the list as a recipient
of your message if you believe it will be beneficial to do so.


david   (still running 4.x on some boxen)
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