ports requiring OpenSSL not honouring OpenSSL from ports

Michael Grimm trashcan at odo.in-berlin.de
Thu May 1 20:24:39 UTC 2014

On 01.05.2014, at 18:12, Uwe Doering <gemini at geminix.org> wrote:

> One additional data point: "WITH_OPENSSL_PORT" is mentioned in the
> FreeBSD Porter's Handbook:
> http://www.freebsd.org/doc/en_US.ISO8859-1/books/porters-handbook/makefile-options.html#idp67984816

If I would have searched for "knobs" in that document (http://svnweb.freebsd.org/ports/head/KNOBS?view=markup), recently, I would have ended with:

| Unknown location: /head/KNOBS

And, I didn't know what "knobs" were until a year ago after migrating from portmaster to poudriere, although running FBSD beginning with 6.2. But don't get me wrong, I do not complain at all, its been my fault, period.

> But then, it cannot be expected that mere _users_ of the ports tree read
> the Porter's Handbook.


> And it is also not mentioned there that it is, to
> my knowledge, considered good practice to have that setting in
> "/etc/make.conf" in order to avoid any confusion about which port is
> linked with what version of OpenSSL.

Here's my question: Which knobs are considered good practice? Is it experience, is it gut feeling, religion, ...? I would love to see a documentation covering the pro and cons about every "knob" ... I do not complain, I know, that is hard work and hard to accomplish.

But any links to documents -besides the ones already mentioned- are highly appreciated.

E.g: excuse my ignorance, but should I stay with ...

| www-jail> ldd `which nginx`
| /usr/local/sbin/nginx:
| 	libcrypt.so.5 => /lib/libcrypt.so.5 (0x8008aa000)

..., or would there be an alternative in ports? libgcrypt? or? (All my relevant services are run being compiled from ports, and within jails.)

Thanks, sorry for eventually dumb questions, and regards,

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