Questions about make arguments for ports

Ashley Moran ashley.moran at
Wed Nov 30 13:02:02 GMT 2005


When upgrading a machine from FreeBSD 5.4 to 6.0 I came across the problem of 
how to re-compile all the ports to use FreeBSD 6 libraries so I can ditch the 
compat5x port.

man portupgrade I should # portupgrade -aRf to force a re-compile but that 
then brought up the issue of how to configure each build.  I found the 
section in pkgtools.conf that lets you specify arguments to pass to make but 
how do I deal with ports that have a config make target?

I mean I could add MAKE_ARGS = { 'java/jdk115' => 'WITHOUT_WEB=1' } to 
pkgtools.conf, but is there a way to specify these arguments in this file, or 
is there no choice but to configure manually first time?

The reason I ask is because I would like to schedule software updates to run 
nightly but I don't want them to either rebuild with the wrong options or 
find out it hung on a config screen.

Also I have another question that I can't suss out from either the man pages 
or the Mk files: what happens to the configs if you use portupgrade -P?  
Seeing as there is only package file per port I assume it gets compiled with 
a default set of options and you lost any config options.

I am thinking that perhaps the best strategy is to decide which software I can 
use from packages and which I need to compile, configure pkgtools.conf to 
download the source or binary versions as appropriate, set MAKE_ARGS for 
ports with no config options and pre-configure the rest.  The more I look the 
more amazed I am at the flexibility of the ports system but the more I wish 
it was completely documented!!!


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