make targets, was: Running qmail

JD Arnold jdarnold at
Thu Jan 5 06:27:32 PST 2006

Michael P. Soulier wrote:
> On 12/18/05, Shantanoo Mahajan <shantanoo at> wrote:
>> Daemontools can be found out by:
>> cd /usr/ports && make search name=daemontools
> Where are these make options in ports documented? I'd like to know all
> of the options available in ports. I usually just cd /usr/ports && ls
> -d */*daemontools*

1] There is a script for searching the ports too.  Check out /usr/ports/Tools/scripts
for the portsearch script, and it's "man" page, README.portsearch. Plenty of search options
in there.

2] I normally just use the ports web page to search for a port. It has the
best interface.

3] I talk about the ports Makefile here:

> A target that tells me what a port has in the way of options would be nice too.

For that, you just need to read the Makefile in the port folder.  It's usually pretty
self explanatory.  

Jonathan Arnold     (mailto:jdarnold at
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