message for port developers

Phil Schulz ph.schulz at
Sat Jan 29 10:42:19 PST 2005

On 01/29/05 19:27, Gert Cuykens wrote:
> On Sat, 29 Jan 2005 19:22:18 +0100, Gert Cuykens <gert.cuykens at> wrote:
>>On Sat, 29 Jan 2005 19:17:46 +0100, Gert Cuykens <gert.cuykens at> wrote:
>>>On Sat, 29 Jan 2005 19:01:57 +0100, Phil Schulz <ph.schulz at> wrote:
>>>>I'm not a port developer but I think you are looking for either `make
>>>>configure` or the BATCH variable.
>>>>  If you know which ports you want to install on your system, you can do
>>>>a `make configure' for each port (where it is availeable) and then have
>>>>a skript fire up the `make install's. I'm not sure though if that works
>>>>recursively, i.e. you run `make configure' for e.g. the Gnome meta port
>>>>and you configure all the dependencies with that one command. Why don't
>>>>you try it? ;-)
>>>>  If you think the default options are ok for you, you can add a line
>>>>like "BATCH=yes" in /etc/make.conf and the ports will be built w/o any
>>>>user interaction. Very useful for large builds.
>>>BATCH=yes i can not do because some configuration leave some very nice toys out.

If you know what specific options you are looking for, you could 
configure the ports "by hand" and install them later. I think not all 
ports can be build with BATCH defined, at least that's what ports(7) 

>>>Now lets see you can call all dependencies with this if your index is working :)
>>>make pretty-print-build-depends-list
>>>so with some grep magic you could tell to do make config in all does
>>>dependencies. Now the trickie part how do you find out the new
>>>dependencies after does configure screens ?
>>a maybe updating the index and do the same thing all over again until
>>there are no new dependencies ?
> can you update the index after a configure that adds a extra
> dependencie to the port ?

I don't know.

I don't think it would be very efficient in terms of effort vs. use. How 
many ports do you really want to install with non-default options? And 
how often do you re-configure them?

You probably want to wait for an opinion from someone else who knows 
more, though.


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