Ports tree infrastructure

RW fbsd06 at mlists.homeunix.com
Tue Apr 3 19:46:10 UTC 2007

On Tue, 03 Apr 2007 11:42:20 -0400
Dan Casey <dcasey at debtresolve.com> wrote:

>     I am having trouble finding documentation that goes in more detail
> then that of the handbook.  I am sending this message in hopes that
> you may be able to point me in the right direction, or know of a
> better way to accomplish this.
> I am setting up a single server as a 'build box' for our freebsd
> servers.  We want to build our own packages because
> 1. we may need to compile certain ports with different flags then
> freebsd chooses.
> 2. We want to update ports only when needed.  Ie: Unless we need
> something in a new version of a port, or unless there is a security
> hole, we want to keep the old version.
> What I'm setting up is a regular ports tree (/usr/ports) which is Not
> updated.  Then a second tree /usr/local/current-ports which is updated
> daily with portsnap.
> When I want to upgrade a port, I would copy it over from the current
> ports tree.  I'm not sure what to do about the INDEX files, which is
> what i had trouble finding documentation on.

You can build your own with make index; or just ignore it, it's only
used by a few minor targets and the tools in the portupgrade package. A
more serious problem is that eventually a new port may not work in the
old ports infrastructure.

As far as security is concerned it's probably easier just to
incorporate a patch into the old port - see the porters' handbook.

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