Adding program to ports

Stephen Montgomery-Smith stephen at
Tue Jan 15 13:58:31 PST 2008

Jos Chrispijn wrote:
> Hello,
> Can you tell me how I could add a program to the ports or request to add 
> a program to the ports?
> I got the request of the makers of OWL DMS (Document Management System) 
> on
> They would like to add their program to the ports and I offered them to 
> inform how that can be arranged.

I once wrote a port at the request of someone else, and after that 
regretted it.  Once you have written one port, it is not that hard to 
write another port.  The problem is, if you don't actively use the port 
yourself, while you can easily make the port build, you may not be fully 
aware if the port is not functioning properly.

For this reason, I fully endorse the other poster's recommendation that 
you either do it yourself, or at least have someone who actually uses 
the software to write the port.  As the other poster said, you can find 
information at: 

I also recommend you look at an existing port that has similar 

Finally, let me say that my experience is that the FreeBSD ports-people 
are always very friendly and helpful with any ports I submit.  Perhaps 
sometimes I have to wait a few weeks, but they always get it done 


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