pkg and packages

Julian Elischer julian at
Sun May 7 09:37:18 UTC 2017

On 7/5/17 5:14 am, Kevin Oberman wrote:
> On Fri, May 5, 2017 at 3:11 PM, Sebastian Schwarz <seschwar at>
> wrote:
>> On 2017-05-04, scratch65535 at wrote:
>>> I can't imagine what code could possibly be in thunar and
>>> samba that the xfce desktop would need, (...)
>> Thunar is used to display the icons on the XFCE desktop.  It
>> depends on gvfs, which is used for accessing remote file systems
>> and the trash inside Thunar.  gvfs in turn depends on samba44 in
>> order to access CIFS/SMB shares.
>> Strictly speaking some of these features might be optional.  But
>> as far I know pkg currently doesn't have a concept of optional
>> dependencies.  So it's an all or nothing decision, when building
>> the packages.
> This is the case. If you want to stick with packages, at least until some
> new packaging features are available, your best bet is to install
> ports-mgmt/synth. Then you can use it to add a private repository of all
> ports that you want built with non-standard options. Then have synth create
> a custom Thunar package that you can then use to avoid samba (44 or 46) or,
> if supported, build Thunar against the samba version of your choosing.
> synth(8) has excellent documentation on how to configure and use it. I
> recommend it for the type of issue you are running into. (N.B. synth is
> written in ADA and, for that reason, I don't recommend building synth from
> source as that requires a major installation of the ADA compiler.
> --
> Kevin Oberman, Part time kid herder and retired Network Engineer
> E-mail: rkoberman at
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you can do the same with poudriere, by telling it to keep a set of 
pre-canned configureations.


   PORT_DBDIR        Directory where the results of configuring 
                        stored.  Defaults to /var/db/ports.  Each port 
                        OPTIONS have been configured will have a 
uniquely named
                        sub-directory, containing a single file options.

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