Document for OPTIONS syntax in /etc/make.conf, where to find?

Adam Weinberger adamw at
Thu May 25 06:14:54 UTC 2017

> On 24 May, 2017, at 21:52, Thomas Mueller <mueller6722 at> wrote:
> Where do I find documentation so I get the correct syntax for setting ports options in /etc/make.conf ?
> I tried "man ports", "man make", "man make.conf", and the online Porters' Handbook but have been unable to find the needle in the haystack.
> NetBSD pkgsrc and Gentoo (Linux) portage document this much better.
> Tom

You'll find some info in the instructions at the top of /usr/ports/Mk/; there's not a lot of info because it's not generally the preferred place to specify options.

To turn something off by default on all ports (which can always be overridden by make config),

To turn something off which overrides make config,

You can set options for individual ports in make.conf too, though it's almost always a better idea to run 'make config' or 'poudriere options':
/usr/ports/editors/vim$ make -V OPTIONS_NAME

editors_vim_UNSET=	NLS

# Adam

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