Installing Python Packages

Greg Larkin glarkin at
Sat Aug 27 03:17:21 UTC 2011

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On 8/26/11 8:24 PM, doug at wrote:
> On Fri, 26 Aug 2011, Greg Larkin wrote:
>> On 8/26/11 8:07 PM, doug wrote:
>>> I am teaching myself python and have 2.6 installed. What is the proper
>>> way to install py26-setuptools? As 2.7 is the default it appears that I
>>> can neither use pkg_add nor build from the ports tree.
>>> I can download the source and the 2.6 egg. It appears that I need to
>>> configure the egg for FreeBSD. Is that correct?
>> Hi Doug,
>> You can do this easily by using the ports tree.  First, add the
>> following to your /etc/make.conf (create the file if necessary):
>> Next, do this:
>> cd /usr/ports/devel/py-setuptools && make install clean
>> You should be all set, and any other Python port that you install will
>> use the Python 2.6 installation, assuming you installed it from the
>> ports tree.
>> Hope that helps,
>> Greg
> Great - I am sure it will, thank you.
> Where does one find all these 'magic' make variables?

Hi Doug,

The best place to start is by looking through the files
/usr/ports/Mk/*.mk.  In the header comment of each .mk file, you'll find
a long list of variables and what they are used for.

Some of the variables are only useful in the context of a port Makefile,
but other ones like PYTHON_DEFAULT_VERSION are used in /etc/make.conf.
At the moment, I don't know if there's an easy way to enumerate all
variables of the latter type, but that would be a good project.

I use things like:


in /etc/make.conf when building server images.

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