per-port make.conf options and hyphenated port names

Scot Hetzel swhetzel at
Wed Jan 22 07:06:29 UTC 2014

On Tue, Jan 21, 2014 at 3:36 AM, Volodymyr Kostyrko <c.kworr at> wrote:
> 21.01.2014 03:01, Matthew Pounsett wrote:
>> At some point in the last couple of weeks I was pointed at
>> <> as what has been
>> implemented to deprecate make.conf settings such as “WITHOUT_X11=yes”.
>> That document says it has been committed, but the porters handbook section
>> on OPTIONS doesn’t discuss the ${port}_SET/${port}_UNSET syntax, and I can’t
>> find mention of it in /usr/ports/KNOBS either.
>> I’m trying to find specifics on the implementation because I’ve run into a
>> case that document doesn’t seem to plan for:  trying to set per-port options
>> for a hyphenated port name.
>> Specifically, I’m trying to do this:
>> virtualbox-ose-additions_UNSET=X11
>> Hyphenated variable names don’t work in most shells.  I think some older
>> versions of csh could set them, but couldn't reference them, and tinderbox’s
>> sh scripts blow right up when they encounter that.
>> Digging through /usr/ports/Mk/ I can’t find anywhere that $UNIQUENAME is
>> modified to guarantee that it references a safe variable name (i.e. I don’t
>> see anywhere that $UNIQUENAME has reserved characters removed from it before
>> use).  So, given that a lot of times $UNIQUENAME is just the name of the
>> port, and a lot of ports have hyphens in their names, how is this meant to
>> be dealt with?
>> Thanks for any pointers or help!
> Excuse me hijacking the thread but doesn't ports-mgmt/portconf do almost the
> same?

With the change to the new Options frame work, most of the
WITH/WITHOUT_ variables were changed to SET/UNSET values:


New way:


The old way to set port specific variables was by using
ports-mgmt/portconf.  But with the change to using SET/UNSET, port
specific options are now:


Which can be added directly to the /etc/make.conf.

There may still be uses for portconf, as it can still assign values to
port specific variables.

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