Patching? Probably a trivial question, but...

Steve Bertrand steve at
Fri May 29 14:12:56 UTC 2009

Kurt Buff wrote:
> On Wed, May 27, 2009 at 11:36, Mel Flynn
> <mel.flynn+fbsd.questions at> wrote:
>> On Wednesday 27 May 2009 17:21:42 Kurt Buff wrote:
>>> All,
>>> I've gotten a patch for a program in the ports tree from one of the
>>> authors of the program - not the port maintainer - to fix a small
>>> problem, but don't know how to install the updated port.
>>> I cd'ed into the
>>> /usr/ports/%CATEGORY%/%PROGRAM%/work/%PROGRAM-VERSION% directory, then
>>> performed 'patch <patch-name' successfully, AFAICT.
>>> Then I did a make, but got no output.
>>> So - I'm obviously lacking clue here. Anyone have a spare set?
>> Don't feel like reading the entire thread atm, but for reference:
>> - Patches need to have relative paths, where the root of the path corresponds
>> to the port's notion of $PATCH_WRKSRC
>> - You can find out this directory by running:
>> Â  Â  Â  Â % make -C /usr/ports/category/portname -V PATCH_WRKSRC
>> Â The default is $WRKSRC which is $WRKDIR/$DISTNAME by default.
>> Â Example:
>> Â  Â  Â  Â % make -C /usr/ports/sysutils/nagios-statd -V PATCH_WRKSRC
>> Â  Â  Â  Â /stable/usr/obj/usr/ports/sysutils/nagios-statd/work/nagios-statd-3.12
>> - Patches are automatically applied if they reside in the port's notion of
>> PATCHDIR and are named patch-*
>> - You can find out this directory by running:
>> Â  Â  Â  Â %make -C /usr/ports/category/portname -V PATCHDIR
>> Â The default is $.CURDIR/files.
>> Â Example:
>> Â  Â  Â  Â % make -C /usr/ports/sysutils/nagios-statd -V PATCHDIR
>> Â  Â  Â  Â /usr/ports/sysutils/nagios-statd/files
>> - In order to apply a new patch after you have previously gone past the patch
>> stage (configure, build, install), either run make clean or:
>> Â  Â  Â  Â % rm $(make -C /usr/ports/category/portname -V PATCH_COOKIE)
>> Â The above can cause problems, with the build. The normal course of action is
>> to make clean.
> Excellent. I will be trying this tomorrow - I'm leaving work early
> today to get some things taken care of.


I had to leave rather hastily the other day, but I did test the patch,
and it worked ok. If this is a one-off thing, here is how I did it:

# cd /usr/ports/category/program
# make clean
# ee source.patch (pasted the patch in)
# make configure (which preps the source)
# cd work/progname
# patch < ../../source.patch
# cd ../..
# make
# make install

All worked well.


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