Right way to build package from non-port software

Christopher Cowart ccowart at rescomp.berkeley.edu
Tue Mar 11 06:24:34 UTC 2008

On Tue, Mar 11, 2008 at 12:38:40AM +0100, Catalin Miclaus wrote:
> What is the right way of building packages for non-ports applications?
> AFAIK 'make package' and ' pkg_create -b name' are based on ports
> installed packages.
> Is there any way of using same commands or additional scripts to achieve
> similar results?
> If it matters I'm trying to create packages from net-snmp-5.4.1 sources
> (needed for 64-bits counters feature) since ports version is based on
> 5.3.2.
> Suggestions are welcome.

In this situation, my team generally gets its hands dirty and bumps the
port. Usually it's as easy as updating the PORTVERSION variable. Then
attach the port diff to a PR and it'll be updated in the official ports
tree fast. 

Unfortunately, net-snmp looks like a pretty complex port that isn't
going to be quite so easy. You might consider pinging the maintainer
about the new upstream version to see if there's any interest in bumping
the port.

You might also just be able to write your own port for the new version
from scratch (it sounds like you just grabbed the source tarball and
didn't apply all the FreeBSD patches). See the handbook [1]. Your best
bet may be a combination of the two approaches. 

[1] http://www.freebsd.org/doc/en_US.ISO8859-1/books/porters-handbook/quick-porting.html

Good luck,

Chris Cowart
Network Technical Lead
Network & Infrastructure Services, RSSP-IT
UC Berkeley
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