How to check out ports

Paul Schmehl pschmehl_lists at
Tue Oct 2 19:14:30 UTC 2012

--On October 2, 2012 2:44:46 PM -0400 Eitan Adler <lists at> 

> On 2 October 2012 14:37, Paul Schmehl <pschmehl_lists at> wrote:
>> I obviously wasn't very clear.  I'm a port maintainer.  I need to update
>> one of my ports.  I used to do this by checking out the port into a
>> purpose-created directory in which I would use cvs to make changes and
>> test. After everything checked out, I would submit the diff.
> We need to be better about announcing these changes as not to
> frustrate maintainers. :)
>> Now cvs isn't working, so how, as a port maintainer, do I check out a
>> single port so I can update it and submit it in a PR?
> You should do things the same way you did before, but instead you
> should use svn to checkout out your port. Note that 'module names' no
> longer work so you must use the full name:
> e..g., svn checkout svn://
> It may help to keep a folder of "ports-I-maintain" with the ports you
> maintain checked out. Before you update them do "svn update *" and to
> generate a diff do "svn diff foldername"

I got on the wiki and figured out how to check ou the port using svn, but 
now I'm stuck again.  This port has moved to github, and I don't have a 
clue how to download it in the Makefile.  There's no mention of github in 
/usr/ports/Mk, so I assume the method hasn't even been written yet.

The source is here: <>, but I don't see 
a tarball, and I don't know enough about ports to know if it's even 
possible to fetch it from github.

Paul Schmehl, Senior Infosec Analyst
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