Creating new port

Raghu HB raghu.hb at
Thu May 29 07:22:58 UTC 2014

Thanks Michelle for your time.

Neither your answers nor the link provide the details which I am looking


-----Original Message-----
From: Michelle Sullivan [mailto:michelle at]
Sent: Wednesday, May 28, 2014 4:38 PM
To: Raghu HB
Cc: FreeBSD Ports ML
Subject: Re: Creating new port

Raghu HB wrote:
> Thanks Michelle,
> I copied the files in /usr/ports/sysutils/mrmonitor and ran the below
> commands I encountered the same issue.

Ok for starters - you only copy the Makefile that you are making for the
port into there.
> root@:/usr/ports/sysutils/mrmonitor # make distinfo
> make: don't know how to make distinfo. Stop
This should not happen if you have a ports makefile there.. however it is
possible you have forgotten something (like making the last line:
.include <> )

> root@:/usr/ports/sysutils/mrmonitor # make makesum ===>  Found saved
> configuration for mrmonitor-1.1 root@:/usr/ports/sysutils/mrmonitor #
> make package ===>  Found saved configuration for mrmonitor-1.1
> I need to understand below things which is not explained in hand book.
> 1. Detailed steps for creating new port
This is what you need:
> 2. Sample example for creating new port which nowhere available in the
> web
The link above provides a simple sample.
> 3. I have 10 files in a directory, I just need to create a package out
> of that and provide the package to customers they can install it.
You can't do that - you need to make the distribution into a tarball that
can be downloaded from a 'master site'
> 4. I do not have to build anything I just need to create the port for
> binaries.

Yes, understood, do you have a makefile that will do this for you across
other platforms?
> I have searched enough in the web nowhere I found the answer...
> I think providing the files in tar format and script to deploy the
> files will be more easier than this complicated port and packages.

Well this is what the makefile will usually do for you...  (the Makefile
can be considered a script or you can just get it to run your script).

Read the porters handbook - it's all there unless you are trying to get it
to help you create the installation script that is in the tarball - which
is not - it will tell you how to work with FreeBSD once you have a working
> Porters Handbook is here:



Michelle Sullivan

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