/usr/ports symlink and portconf

Rong-en Fan grafan at gmail.com
Thu Apr 26 10:04:03 UTC 2007

When /usr/ports is a symbolic links, ports-mgmt/portconf does
not because .CURDIR contains the real path.

I filed a PR 104838 last year which contains a patch that detects
the real path of ${PORTSDIR} at runtime. The patch is at


If you look at the patch, you will find that I invoke shell (via !=)
whenever make is used. It impacts buildworld speed.
On a P4 3.4G SMP i386 box, building RELENG_6 :

before / after: 49m24.906s / 52m17.299s

If most of you don't think this is acceptable, then it can
be done at installation time.

I would like to get this committed into portconf. Some boxes of
mine has symlink on /usr/ports.

Rong-En Fan

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