mail/mailman port installation failing

Lowell Gilbert freebsd-ports-local at
Thu May 29 06:34:19 UTC 2014

John Marshall <john.marshall at> writes:

> After helpful off-list mail from mandree@ which pointed at this being a
> local problem, I eventually found the following line in
> /usr/local/etc/ports.conf.
>   mail/mailman: CONFIGURE_ARGS=--with-var-prefix=/data/mailman
> One of those tweaks one implements to accommodate a local customization,
> and doesn't even remember it's there 6 or 7 years later.
> It would appear that this kind of thing doesn't play nicely with the new
> staging environment.  After removing that line from ports.conf and
> rebuilding the port, it installed happily.  Obviously I then had to
> reshuffle my data directories manually.

Doesn't that mean that the plist was always wrong on that machine
anyway? That could leave stale files around...

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