No port should need root for make fetch

Matthias Andree matthias.andree at
Tue Dec 13 21:09:21 UTC 2016

Am 13.12.2016 um 21:32 schrieb Julian H. Stacey:
> Hi ports@
> IMO No port should need root for 
> 	cd /usr/ports; make -i fetch
> The first one that broke for me was databases/mysql-q4m
> (OK might be others before, but I have DUDS =
> 	 arabic biology chinese hebrew hungarian japanese korean
> 	 polish portuguese russian ukrainian vietnamese games demime
> 	 majordomo acroreadwrapper acroread9 chimera dosbox emil
> 	 firefox freerdp gimp-app gv libcue mp3splt-gtk nut opera
> 	 ripit vlc xorg xsane
> )
> (MAINTAINER CC'd) but there's more ports beyond, usually because
> some ports also go berserk & install, or mabe install dependents.


How is that a problem of "some" ports? All ports require root for "make
fetch" because the normal distfiles/ directory is underneath /usr/ports/
and thus only writable by root. Make the /usr/ports/distfiles/ directory
writable to a certain group of users, make the DIRECTORY setgid (chmod
g+s ...), add the users to that group, and you're set, alternatively,
redirect that storage to a user-writable directory by setting the
DISTDIR environment variable (this can happen on the make command-line,

> # DISTDIR       - Where to search for and store copies of original sources
> #                 Default: ${PORTSDIR}/distfiles
(source: /usr/ports/Mk/


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