Auto-saving distfiles on freebsd

Kris Kennaway kris at
Wed Jul 23 15:47:34 UTC 2008

James Tanis wrote:
> "cpghost" <cpghost at> wrote:
>> The ports would still go to the primary sites (to conserve bandwidth),
>> but should the original distfile disappear, it would be still available
>> on freebsd.
> I think his problem comes from the fact that some ports don't do this, not
> that it isn't a good idea. The port maintainers just never did it.

No, you're both mistaken:

#                               - Backup location(s) for distribution 
files and patch
#                                 files if not found locally and 
#                                 Default:

All ports fall back to fetching from the master distfile repository if 
they can't be found at the upstream sites.  This dates back at least to 


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