Configure to use WITH_DEBUG

Bill Moran wmoran at
Mon Nov 5 05:59:57 PST 2007

In response to White Hat <pigskin_referee at>:

> I have a system that I am setting up that will only be used to test programs. I therefore want all programs built with debug code. To facilitate that task, I was wondering if I could put a global flag in the '/etc/make.conf' file. Assuming that would work, which of these is the better solution.
> 1)    WITH_DEBUG
> 2)    WITH_DEBUG=1
> 3)    WITH_DEBUG=true
> 4)    -DWITH_DEBUG
> If there is a better solution, I would appreciate hearing about it.

#2 and #3 will work.
The key is that the variable is set, not what it's set to.  As a joke,
you can do WITH_DEBUG=no in make.conf, and confuse the hell out of other

Note that there may be additional port-specific debugging that would
not be turned on by the global WITH_DEBUG, but you'll have to handle
that on a port-by-port basis.

Bill Moran

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