Matthew Seaman m.seaman at
Thu Apr 15 04:51:15 PDT 2004

On Thu, Apr 15, 2004 at 03:39:26AM -0400, Arend P. van der Veen wrote:

> I have a question about ports.  I have a port installed.  I want to make
> package for it also.  I find that I must delete the package from my
> system first and then go "make package".  This is because make package
> must install the package first.  
> Is there a better way to make a package that does not require me to
> uninstall and reinstall it from my system ?

Unfortunately not -- building a package does require you to install
the package as well.  There has been some mention on the
freebsd-ports at ... mailing list of modifying the system to be able to
install into a temporary area prior to creating a package, but as far
as I know, nothing has yet happened.

A solution to this problem which you can use if you have sufficient
spare capacity is to set up a jail system specially for building
packages: that's the basis of what the FreeBSD package building
cluster does.



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