private ports and pkgs versioning

olli hauer ohauer at
Tue Oct 18 18:36:46 UTC 2016

On 2016-10-18 14:54, Mark Linimon wrote:
> On Tue, Oct 18, 2016 at 08:49:06AM +0100, Matthew Seaman wrote:
>> Yes, there is a lot of useful stuff in the ports tree to support local
>> ports or even whole local categories of ports.  I can't recall now how I
>> learned about all this stuff -- it may well have been just be a
>> combination of reading Makefiles and hints dropped on mailing lists.  I
>> cannot recall a document describing this stuff anywhere.
> I don't believe that there is one.
> I'm sure there are N locally-grown solutions out in the wild.
> We ought to work together to poll people on what they use.
> As for adding the category, I think there's a quick fix, if you don't
> care about building INDEX.  Add USE_LOCAL_MK=yes to your Makefile
> invocations, and use the patch below.
> Note: I haven't tried this yet, so adding the category to ports/Makefile
> may also be necessary to pacify ports/Mk/ (e.g. INDEX.)
> Index: ports/Mk/
> ===================================================================
> --- ports/Mk/	(revision 423944)
> +++ ports/Mk/	(working copy)
> @@ -14,6 +14,8 @@
>  # time should live.
>  #
> +
>  .endif # !defined(_POSTMKINCLUDED) && !defined(Local_Pre_Include)
>  .if defined(_POSTMKINCLUDED) && !defined(Local_Post_Include)
> mcl

It's easier for the user to define VALID_CATEGORIES+= in /etc/make.conf, this way the own category is not lost in case someone wipes /usr/ports or uses portsnap.
For poudriere this should be defined also in $localbase/poudriere/make.conf, I'm using this myself for since a long time.

>From my memory (don't nail me down):
I think synth is able to use packages from and can build only packages with changed OPTIONS, but to be sure better ask marino@


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