FreeBSD needs fresh Blood!

Doug Barton dougb at
Sun Mar 6 22:25:16 UTC 2011

On 03/06/2011 10:37, Grzegorz Blach wrote:
> On 03/06/2011 18:35, b. f. wrote:
>>> I read last post Martin Wilke's blog called "FreeBSD needs fresh Blood!"
>>> First of all, I think it's difficult to testing ports

No argument there, it can be hard work.

>>> I'm using testing release of VirtualBox,
>>> but for build this port I must download patches,
>>> apply its on my own tree and merge its with official ports
>>> using portshaker.

You could also maintain completely separate trees, or subtrees with CVS.

>>> It's possible to build testing ports outside tree,
>>> but I must build every port separately, since `Make` don't known how to
>>> track dependencies.

Setting PORTSDIR for your builds may help. Read ports/Mk/ for 
more information about that.

>> There is always going to be some added work involved in testing.  Have
>> you considered using multiple trees, if you have sufficient disk
>> space? Or using a version control system?
> Multiple trees don't help me a lot, portmaster became fools.

Not sure what you mean by that, but portmaster respects PORTSDIR as well.

> There is address for repository, but I still need merging trees
> and rebuild index for portmaster.

portmaster does not require the INDEX unless you tell it to. If you have 
a ports tree to operate against portmaster doesn't need the INDEX at all.

hope this helps,



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