Newbie question about additional documentation

Peter Pentchev roam at
Wed Nov 25 09:54:43 UTC 2009

On Tue, Nov 24, 2009 at 06:26:34AM +0000, Matthew Seaman wrote:
> dave wrote:
> > On Mon, 2009-11-23 at 22:20 +0000, Matthew Seaman wrote:
> >> Correct.  In fact, it possibly means the LICENSE ends up in the plist
> >> twice, which is almost as bad as it not being mentioned at all.
> > 
> > Ok, I think I'm starting to get a hang of this. Personally, I prefer the
> > static pkg-plist.
> > 
> > There's one last minor detail, though. The where's the final packing
> > list located? Is it in /var/db/pkg/${DISTNAME}?
> > 
> While you're building the port, the packing list is assembled as
> ${WRKDIR}/PLIST where ${WRKDIR} is by default /usr/ports/foo/bar/work/
> although it's not uncommon to locate it somewhere else by modifying
> Once installed the PLIST is turned into /var/db/pkg/${DISTNAME}/+CONTENTS
> which adds information about the ports this one depends on, plus the
> md5 sumes of all of the installed files.

Just a small correction: it's /var/db/pkg/${PKGNAME}, not ${DISTNAME} :)
A slight difference, but important sometimes, most often when
PORTREVISION > 0, but also when there are differences between
the representation of the version in the upstream distribution and in
the FreeBSD port.


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