Question About Python Ports

Freddie Cash fcash at
Wed Feb 21 16:48:43 UTC 2007

On Wednesday 21 February 2007 07:48 am, Drew Jenkins wrote:
> I'm rebuilding a server because of a hardware failure that has
> corrupted various s/w, including the OS. The server I'm rebuilding was
> built by someone else. That person spent a lot of time developing a
> certain s/w package that I haven't had time to study enough to claim
> any expertise. So, I need to rebuild similar to how he built. However,
> he didn't understand FBSD's port system. He built everything from
> source...including python. He has some links in his s/w to the python
> dirs he built. I can easily put symlinks where his links are and build
> from ports...obviously my preference. However, I can't figure out
> *where* the ports build! That is, in a standard built-from-source
> python, one enters the dir, issues an "ls" and sees dirs like "lib",
> "etc", etc. Where are these dirs in a built-from-port python? TIA,

Ports install under /usr/local/.  If you do an ls under there, you'll find 
lib/ bin/ libexec/ share/ man/ and so on.

Read through the hier(7) man page for more information on the directory 
layout used.

Freddie Cash
fcash at

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