Obtaining portsmanager meta package for alternate OS

Ean Kingston ean at hedron.org
Fri Jul 15 13:54:47 GMT 2005

On July 14, 2005 04:03 pm, Michael C. Shultz wrote:
> On Thursday 14 July 2005 11:37, Garrett Cooper wrote:
> > Hello,
> >     I was wondering if anyone could point me to the release notes or
> > code so I could look up the dependencies for the portsmanager package
> > and possibly compile it on Mac OS X Tiger.
> Try running configure then make just like any other linux program and see
> if it compiles, if it doesn't let me know what the error is.  I understand
> Mac OS X is based on FreeBSD, does it have FreeBSD's port infrastructure?

My Mac (OSX 10.2) doesn't have anything remotely resembling a port 
infrastructure installed as part of the OS. All the OSS that I've installed 
was done through what I will call binary 'bundles' mostly from .dmg files. 
They each provided their own installer (usually using the applescript 

For those who might care, a .dmg file is a mac disk image and seams to be the 
mac equivolent of tar.

Sometimes the installer is a text file that says move the files to your 
applications directory.

> For example can you do things like:
> make
> make install
> make package
> make deinstall
> ???

You would need to install a compiler.

> If the above work diferently or /var/db/pkg/* is different then portmanager
> won't work.  Would be interesting to know the similarities/differences
> between FreeBSD and Mac OS X ports infrastructure.

/var isn't really used by the MAC except for /var/log and /var/run.

> As far as portmanager's dependices, to run it requires libc and to compile
> just needs standard autotools if I recall correctly.
> >     My FreeBSD machine is currently at home (sadly without an internet
> > connection to the outside world :(), and I would like to keep it up to
> > date by periodically fetching the ports 'source files'/packages and port
> > snapshots. So I thought I could accomplish this via building the
> > portsmanager package and running it off of my laptop at school since
> > it's the only way I can accomplish my task at hand.
> >     However, with that in mind, I was wondering if there was a better
> > way to fetch ports/packages without having to manhandle too many
> > programs/scripts, or if anyone has discovered a better solution to this
> > type of 'issue'.
> >     Thanks and your responses are greatly appreciated as solving this
> > 'problem' will help save me a great deal of time :)!
> > -Garrett
> To use portmanager this way you'll need a way to keep your ports tree
> current and a way to get the current distfiles. If you can do these two
> things somehow then just drop the current distfiles into
> /usr/ports/distfiles and update your ports tree and portmanager should run
> OK.
> -Mike

Ean Kingston

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